Come to the next Great Group Reads Book Club meeting — Tuesday, March 7, at 7 PM!

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we use the list of 2016 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month. Starting in November 2016, we’re reading books from the current 2016 Great Group Reads list.  See below!

Our book for our March 7 meeting is….

Smith_Honeymoon-252x390THE HONEYMOON
by Dinitia Smith

(Other Press, HC 978-1590517789)

Based on the life of George Eliot, famed author of Middlemarch, this captivating account of Eliot’s passions and tribulations explores the nature of love in its many guises.

Dinitia Smith’s spellbinding novel recounts George Eliot’s honeymoon in Venice in June 1880 following her marriage to a handsome young man twenty years her junior. When she agreed to marry John Walter Cross, Eliot was recovering from the death of George Henry Lewes, her beloved companion of twenty-six years. Eliot was bereft: left at the age of sixty to contemplate profound questions about her physical decline, her fading appeal, and the prospect of loneliness.

In her youth, Mary Ann Evans—who would later be known as George Eliot—was a country girl, considered too plain to marry, so she educated herself in order to secure a livelihood. In an era when female novelists were objects of wonder, she became the most famous writer of 2148811888her day—with a male nom de plume.

The Honeymoon explores different kinds of love, and of the possibilities of redemption and happiness even in an imperfect union. Smith integrates historical truth with her own rich rendition of Eliot’s inner voice, crafting a page-turner that is as intelligent as it is gripping.

Dinitia Smith is novelist, Emmy award-winning filmmaker, and journalist. She worked as a correspondent for The New York Times, specializing in literature and the arts, for 12 years. She has taught at many institutions, including Columbia University.


Our meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 PM, at the Panera on Fairview near SouthPark — see dates below. We have chosen books to take us through to next October when there will be a new Great Group Reads list released. If you have questions about our Book Club, please contact Kristen Knox at

For more information and to see our list of books we’re reading this year, go to our Great Group Reads Book Club page.

Join us Monday, February 27, for BOOKWOMEN SPEAK: THE CENTENNIAL VISIONARIES SERIES: Carolinas Women Leaders in the World of Books

Women’s Nwnba1917-2017ational Book Association-Charlotte presents…  

Carolinas Women Leaders
in the World of Books 

Monday, February 27, 2017
7-8:30 PM
Park Road Books, Park Road Shopping Center, Charlotte, NC


WNBA members and the public are invited to WNBA-Charlotte’s Centennial program highlighting the contributions of our own bookwomen here in North and South Carolina:  Carolinas Women Leaders in the World of Books.

 This conversation among our four featured guest speakers will include…

Facilitator:  14980739_10156419631936515_7314495049182770081_n

* Wanda Jewell, Executive Director of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance for 26+ years


* Emoke B’Racz, Owner of Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café in Asheville for 34+ years

* Ina Stern,  recently retired Associate Publisher at Algonquin Books, with 25+ years at Algonquin and more in the book industry

* Betsy Teter, Executive Director at Hub City Press, Hub City Writers Project, and Hub City Bookshop for 21+ years

Our speakers’ years of experience in the book industry; their work with many Carolinas and Southern writers, books, bookstores, publishers, organizations, and readers; and their individual perspectives and insights into the changes in the business will contribute to a fascinating and highly entertaining program.

This progr12376567_607546662717989_2961733140449310415_nam is free and open to both WNBA members and the public. WNBA-Charlotte will publicize and promote this event vigorously through our Charlotte and national WNBA websites and social media, outreach to groups with similar interests, press releases to local media and book industry media, etc. We hope to be able to videotape the program, too, so that we can make it available through our Charlotte and national WNBA websites and social media.

For additional information, please contact Susan Walker,, 612-382-5868.














Come to our February 15 “Art of Reading” Tour and Book Discussion at the Mint Museum Randolph!

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at the Mint Museum Randolph    

Wednesday, February 15   
7:00-8:30 PM   

Mint Museum Randolph   
2730 Randolph Road   
Charlotte, NC 28207   
(704) 337-2000   

‘The Art of Reading’ is a fun new program coming at the Mint Museum Randolph offering book clubs the chance to read a book reflecting a certain period and then take a special tour at the museum highlighting art and artifacts from the book.

The WNBA Great Group Reads Book Club will take a tour at the museum on Wednesday, February 15, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. that celebrates Sue Monk Kidd‘s The Invention of Wings. There’s no charge for admission except reading the book. But, there are only a limited number of available slots so book (pun intended!) your reservation today. Please RSVP to See you there!

Please contact Catherine Jardines at if you have questions or would like more information about this event.