NEW! Author MEET & GREET Special Opportunities for WNBA Members


WNBA Charlotte offers our members a variety of special MEET & GREET opportunities to get together and talk with authors in informal small group settings. In addition, our chapter helps to co-sponsor and promote selected author events for the general public at Park Road Books.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND ATTEND THESE UPCOMING AUTHOR EVENTS!

Members will be alerted via email to our special MEET & GREET plans with these authors, which may be an informal lunch, coffee hour, drinks or dinner, depending upon the authors’ schedules. If you are interested in participating, please contact Susan Walker, susan.walker.books@gmail.com, and we will be sure to send  you these MEET & GREET details.

 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Members Only Meet & Greet 5:30-6:45 PM
Park Road Books Author Event 7:00-8:30 PM


WNBA-Charlotte 
and Park Road Books

invite you to meet

Susan RiversSusanJaneRivers

Author of

THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY


We’re excited to welcome author Susan Rivers to Charlotte! Join us to meet her and learn about her new novel. Be sure to get an autographed copy while you’re here! This event is free and open to the public.

Park Road Books
Park Road Shopping Center
4139 Park Road, Charlotte, NC

Our MEET & GREET event with Susan Rivers, an opportunity for WNBA members only, will precede this public event at Park Road Books.  We’ll meet for drinks and dinner at Sir Edmond Halley’s, Park Road Shopping Center, at 5:30 PM. If you’d like to attend this special members’ event, please RSVP right away to Susan Walker at susan.walker.books@gmail.com. Space is limited!   

More author MEET & GREET opportunities and events are coming in the future! Details will be updated on a regular basis.

 

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THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY
by Susan Rivers
Algonquin Books

An INDIE NEXT PICK for January 2017
A LIBRARY READS PICK for January 2017
An OKRA PICK for Winter 2017

It’s 1865 and the Civil War is over. For some survivors, however, the suffering is just beginning. A Confederate field officer walks home from a Union prison to reunite with his teen-aged bride, only to discover that she birthed a child while he was away and buried it somewhere on their South Carolina farm. Through a narrative that unfolds in letters, diary entries and inquest reports, the wife’s painful story is eventually revealed, while the far-reaching repercussions of war are explored. We see how the damage incurred by Gryffth and Placidia Hockaday has the power to dismantle and transform the lives of ensuing generations, white as well as black, and are witness to the healing powers of love.

Susan Rivers was awarded the Julie Harris Playwriting Award for Overnight Lows and the New York Drama League Award for Understatements. She is also the recipient of two playwriting grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and has had short fiction published in the Santa Monica Review. In 2007 she earned an MFA in fiction writing from Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina, where she was also awarded a Regional Artist Grant from the Arts and Sciences Council. She currently lives and writes in a small town in upstate South Carolina. The Second Mrs. Hockaday is her first novel.

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Thursday, November 19, 2016
7:00-8:45 PM

WNBA-Charlotte and Park Road Books
invite you to meet

B.A. Shapiro

Author of

B A ShapiroTHE MURALIST
            &
THE ART FORGER

We’re excited to welcome bestselling novelist B.A. Shapiro to Charlotte! Join us to meet her and learn about her new novel. Be sure to get an autographed copy while you’re here! This event is free and open to the public.

Park Road Books
Park Road Shopping Center
4139 Park Road, Charlotte, NC

Our MEET & GREET event with B.A. Shapiro, an opportunity for WNBA members only, will precede this public event at Park Road Books.  An email with further information will be sent to members in November. If you’d like to attend this special members’ event, you also may contact Susan Walker at susan.walker.books@gmail.com for more details.          

More author MEET & GREET opportunities and events are coming in the future! Details will be updated on a regular basis.

Muralist 9781616203573_0104e“B. A. Shapiro once again pens the art world into vivid, sensual life. Set during World War II and the dawn of Abstract Expressionism, The Muralist is an intriguing story masterfully imagined about art, war, family, truth, and freedom. If you liked The Art Forger, you’re going to love The Muralist!” —Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice

Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940 amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in Germanoccupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her closeknit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her greatniece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at an auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind recently found works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?

Entwining the lives of both historical and fictional characters, and moving between the past and the present, The Muralist plunges readers into the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the United States. It captures both the inner workings of today’s New York art scene and the beginnings of the vibrant and quintessentially American school of Abstract Expressionism.

Shapiro is a master at telling a riveting story while exploring provocative themes. In Alizée and Danielle she has created two unforgettable women, artists both, who compel us to ask, What happens when luminous talent collides with inexorable historical forces? Does great art have the power to change the world? And to what lengths should a person go to thwart evil?

“B. A. Shapiro’s The Muralist is an expertly constructed, riveting tale of art, politics, love, and consequences in the Depression Era . . . It rings with originality and authenticity. What a compelling read!” —Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins

“I am a great fan of B. A. Shapiro, especially her new novel The Muralist. It is a tantalizing mystery, as well as an involving meditation on the meaning of art over time.” —Scott Turow, author of Identical

Shapiro is the author of the awardwinning New York Times bestseller The Art Forger. She has taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University and lives in Boston with her husband, Dan, and their dog, Sagan. Her website is www.bashapirobooks.com.

HERE’S ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY!
B.A. Shapiro also will appear at Main Street Books in Davidson
at 12 Noon on Thursday, November 19.
If you live in the Lake Norman area, please join us at Main Street Books!

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These are our recent Meet & Greet events…….

Thursday, September 17
11 AM-12:30 PM Wingatepubshot2015julybLMR

WNBA-Charlotte
and Park Road Books
invite you to

A Lunchtime Book Conversation
with Authors 

Lisa Wingate and Kim Boykin

Bring your book club members or come on your own to Park Road Books to meet authors Lisa Wingate, author of The Sea Keeper’s Daughters, and Kim Boykin, author of A Peach of a Pair. Join us in an informal conversation about their latest novels and get autographed copies while you’re there! This event is free and open to the public.

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Park Road Books
Park Road Shopping Center
4139 Park Road
Charlotte, NC
704-525-9239

Our MEET & GREET lunch with Lisa and Kim, an opportunity for WNBA members only, will follow this public event at Park Road Books.  An email with further information will be sent to members soon. If you’d like to attend this special members’ lunch, you also may contact Susan Walker at susan.walker.books@gmail.com for more details.          

9781414386904_ef2c6In Lisa Wingate’s new novel THE SEA KEEPER’S DAUGHTERS, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny in a compelling story which moves from modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelt’s WPA folklore writers.

Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. The inheritance of a decaying Gilded Age hotel on North Carolina’s Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But things at the Excelsior are more complicated than they seem. Whitney’s estranged stepfather is entrenched on the third floor, and the downstairs tenants are determined to save the historic building. Searching through years of stored family heirlooms may be Whitney’s only hope of quick cash, but will the discovery of an old necklace and a Depression-era love story change everything?


Lisa Wingat
e is an award-winning journalist, magazine columnist, popular inspirational speaker, and a national bestselling author of more than 20 books, including THE STORY KEEPER and THE PRAYER BOX. Lisa’s works have been featured by the National Reader’s Club of America, AOL Book Picks, Doubleday Book Club, the Literary Guild, American Profiles and have been chosen for numerous awards.

Peach of a Pair 9780425281994Kim Boykin delights us again in her new novel A PEACH OF A PAIR!April, 1953. Days before Nettie Gilbert is about to graduate from school in South Carolina, she learns that her childhood sweetheart is getting married…to her own sister. Devastated, Nettie drops out of school and takes a job as live-in help for two elderly sisters, Emily and Lurleen Eldridge, whose relationship has weathered many storms.  And as Nettie learns more about their lives on a trip to see a faith healer halfway across the country, she’ll discover that love and forgiveness will one day lead her home…

Kim Boykin lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, three dogs, and 126 rose bushes. She is the author of PALMETTO MOON and THE WISDOM OF HAIR.

 

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Monday, August 17 — Tuesday, August 18

Ellen Urbani
LANDFALL: A Novel

Forest Avenue Press

Lunch with Ellen Urbani!

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Bookstore event:

7:00-8:30 PM
Park Road Books 

WNBA MEET & GREET event
on Tuesday, August 18

– An email with details has been sent to WNBA members. Contact Susan Walker, susan.walker.books@gmail.com, if you need information.9780988265776_46620

Two mothers and their teenage daughters, whose lives collide in a fatal car crash, take turns narrating Ellen Urbani’s breathtaking novel, Landfall, set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Eighteen-year-olds Rose and Rosebud have never met but they share a birth year, a name, and a bloody pair of sneakers. Rose’s quest to atone for the accident that kills Rosebud, a young woman so much like herself but for the color of her skin, unfolds alongside Rosebud’s battle to survive the devastating flooding in the Lower Ninth Ward and to find help for her unstable mother. These unforgettable characters give voice to the dead of the storm and, in a stunning twist, demonstrate how what we think we know can make us blind to what matters most.

Ellen-Urbani

Ellen Urbani is the author of Landfall (2015, Forest Avenue Press), a work of contemporary historical fiction, and the memoir When I Was Elena (2006, The Permanent Press; a BookSense Notable selection). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and numerous anthologies, and has been widely excerpted. She has reviewed books for The Oregonian, served as a federal disaster/trauma specialist, and has lectured nationally on this topic

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More author MEET & GREET opportunities and events coming in the future! Details will be updated on a regular basis.