Come to our SPRING MEET THE AUTHORS EVENING! Monday, April 9, 7 PM

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Monday, April 9, 2018
7:00 – 8:30 PM    

Park Road Books  
4139 Park Road (Park Road Shopping Center)  

Charlotte, NC 28209   

Save the date for our annual SPRING MEET THE AUTHORS EVENING featuring five prominent authors. Our special guests will join us for an evening of conversation and refreshments. Each author will speak briefly about her or his book, and there will be plenty of opportunity for one-on-one questions and discussion. Park Road Books will sell books. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet these five writers and get signed copies of their new books!

WNBA members and friends, book clubs and reading groups,
and all avid readers are welcome!

Our outstanding guest authors include:

  • Charlotte, North Carolina writer Kimmery Martin, THE QUEEN OF HEARTS, Berkley Publishing Group/Penguin Random House. Martin is also a physician.

  • Alan Michael Parker, CHRISTMAS IN JULY, Dzanc Books. Parker is the Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College.

  • Mark Powell, SMALL TREASONS, Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster. Powell teaches at Appalachian State University in Boone.

  • Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff, RED HOT MAMA: THE LIFE OF SOPHIE TUCKER, University of Texas Press. Sklaroff is an associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina.

  • Michele Young-Stone, LOST IN THE BEEHIVE, Simon & Schuster. Novelist Stone lives on the Outer Banks.

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Download a copy of our event flyer here.

Questions?  Please contact Susan Walker at susan.walker.books@gmail.com or 612-382-5868.

Check out the “Self-Publishing Panel” this Wed (11/7)

Join us for an evening with successful self-published authors to learn about their journey and what they learned along the way. Moderated by Nicole Ayers, owner and editor of Ayers Edits, members will hear from Mary Jane Capps, a young adult novelist, and Jennifer Ruff, a psychological suspense novelist. Come hear their lessons learned to help make your journey smoother! Join us at Levine Jewish Community Center, Room A110 (5007 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226). 

Join 11/7 Book Club and Author Bren McClain

Author Bren McClain has graciously agreed to join our book club discussion of her book, “One Good Mama Bone” at 7:30pm to talk with members and answer questions. Don’t miss this exclusive access! Join us from 7-9pm at the Panera in South Park (5940 Fairview Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210)!

BIBLIOFEAST 2017 is Monday, October 16! Save the date!!

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BIBLIOFEAST 2017
A Literary “Moveable Feast”

WNBA Charlotte’s 8th Annual
Book & Author Dinner

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of
National Reading Group Month

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ONLINE TODAY!
Ticket deadline EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 12 – must be purchased in advance!

WHEN:  Monday evening, October 16, 2017  /  6:00-9:00 PM

WHERE:  Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant
SouthPark Mall, Charlotte

WHAT:  A “moveable feast” dinner featuring 8 outstanding authors

  • Open to both WNBA members and the public

  • Book clubs invited and encouraged to attend as groups. If you come with your book club members, we’ll reserve a table for you!

  • Anticipated attendance 70+ people

  • Ticketed fundraiser event for WNBA Charlotte and local book-related charitable organizations

  • Tickets $60/person. NEW THIS YEAR! If you’re a current 2017-2018 WNBA member, you can earn a $10 rebate on your own ticket for each prospective member/guest you bring to Bibliofeast! For example, bring 2 guests, earn $20 in rebates! (This rebate offer is subject to approval by WNBA Charlotte’s Treasurer before rebates are issued. Rebates will be paid at or after the event.)

  • Tickets are now available online (credit cards via PayPal).
    CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR ONLINE TICKETS ORDER FORM.

  • Tickets also may be purchased at Park Road Books (check or cash only) starting September 1.

  • Tickets must be purchased in advance — DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 12!

  • Books for this event will be purchased from publishers and sold at the event by Park Road Books, Charlotte

This coming October, the Charlotte Chapter of WNBA will sponsor our 8thannual BIBLIOFEAST book and author dinner in celebration of WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.  Our very successful 2016 BIBLIOFEAST highlighted 10 authors and was attended by 60+ people. This year we’re including 8 authors and 60-70 attendees.

We’re delighted to welcome our eight featured authors for 2017:

Jodi Lynn Anderson, MIDNIGHT AT THE ELECTRIC, HarperCollins

Sarah Creech, THE WHOLE WAY HOME, William Morrow

Sebastian Matthews, BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO A HEAD-ON COLLISION, Red Hen Press

Bren McClain, ONE GOOD MAMA BONE,
Story River Books/The University of South Carolina Press

Jim Minick, FIRE IS YOUR WATER, Ohio University Press

Michel Stone, BORDER CHILD, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday

Caitlin Hamilton Summie, TO LAY TO REST OUR GHOSTS, Fomite

Leah Weiss, IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE, Sourcebooks

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PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!  Invite your friends, fellow book club members, and colleagues.

PLEASE SHARE THIS BIBLIOFEAST FLYER ONLINE!!  And print it out and post it for others to see, too.  THANKS!

QUESTIONS?  Please contact Susan Walker, National Reading Group Month Events Manager, susan.walker.books@gmail.com, 612-382-5868. Thank you!

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Self Publishing Panel – Panelists Announced

Join us for an evening with successful self-published authors to learn about their journey and what they learned along the way. Moderated by Nicole Ayers, owner and editor of Ayers Edits, members will hear from Mary Jane Capps, a young adult novelist, and  Jennifer Ruff, a psychological suspense novelist. Come hear their lessons learned to help make your journey smoother. Full details on the Chapter Meeting/Events page.

UPDATED DATE – Annual Fall Social & Networking Meeting – Monday, September 18

Due to Hurricane Irma’s expected impacts on the Charlotte area, our Annual Fall Social & Networking Meeting will be POSTPONED. It will be held on the following Monday, September 18. All other details are the same – 7-9pm at Rock Salt in Park Road Shopping Center. Hope to see you all there!

Come to the next Great Group Reads Book Club meeting — Tuesday, September 5, at 7 PM!

WNBA-Charlotte’s Book Club, featuring Great Group Reads picks from National Reading Group Month

 309715_311057992247304_420455708_nWe have a terrific book club
in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we use the list of 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!

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Our book for our September 5 meeting is….

29236311THE TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO: STORIES 
by Anthony Marra

Hogarth, Trade Paperback

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena—dazzling, poignant, and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war, and the redemptive power of art.

This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking. A 1930s Soviet censor painstakingly corrects offending photographs, deep underneath Leningrad, bewitched by the image of a disgraced prima ballerina. A chorus of women recount their stories and those of their grandmothers, former gulag prisoners who settled their Siberian mining town. Two pairs of brothers share a fierce, protective love. Young men across the former USSR face violence at home and in the military. And great sacrifices are made in the name of an oil landscape unremarkable except for the almost incomprehensibly peaceful past it depicts. In stunning prose, with rich character portraits and a sense of history reverberating into the present, The Tsar of Love and Techno is a captivating work from one of our greatest nMarra 5989255ew talents.

ANTHONY MARRA is the winner of a Whiting Award, Pushcart Prize, and the Narrative Prize. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize and the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, as well as the inaugural 2014 Carla Furstenberg Cohen Fiction Award. Marra’s novel was a National Book Award long list selection as well as a shortlist selection for the Flaherty-Dunnan first novel prize. In addition, his work has been anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he teaches as the Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and now resides in Oakland, CA.
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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 whitreidsmama@yahoo.com.

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Here are the terrific books we are reading in 2016-2017!

November 1 — OVER THE PLAIN HOUSES by Julia Franks
(Hub City Press, HC 978-1938235214)

December 6 — 300 DAYS OF SUN by Deborah Lawrenson
(Harper Paperbacks, TP 978-0062390165)

January 3 — THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER by Phaedra Patrick
(MIRA/Harlequin, HC 978-0778319337)

February 7 — THE DRONE EATS WITH ME: A GAZA DIARY by Atef Abu Saif
(Beacon Press, TP 978-0807049105)

March 7 — THE HONEYMOON by Dinitia Smith
(Other Press, HC 978-1590517789)

April 4 — MISS JANE by Brad Watson
(W.W. Norton & Company, HC 978-0393241730)

May 2 — THIS IS YOUR LIFE, HARRIET CHANCE! by Jonathan Evison
(Algonquin Books, TP 978-1616206017)

June 6 — THE COSMOPOLITANS by Sarah Schulman
(Feminist Press at CUNY, TP 978-1558619043)

July 5 — HEAT AND LIGHT by Jennifer Haigh
(Ecco, HC 978-0061763298)

August 8 — THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND by Katarina Bivald
(Sourcebooks Landmark, TP 978-1492623441)

September 5 — THE TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO: STORIES by Anthony Marra
(Hogarth, TP 978-0770436452)

October 3 — BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE by Fredrik Backman
(Atria Books, HC 978-1501142536)

2017-2018 Calendar of Events Now Available

We’re excited to kickoff the 2017/2018 year! Join or renew and check out our full list of this year’s events, starting with our annual Fall Social Networking Meeting.

Join us Monday, September 11, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Rock Salt (512 Brandywine Road, Charlotte, NC 28209, Back lot of Park Road Shopping Center)

Join us for great conversation over good wine at our annual fall get together! Rendezvous with your fellow WNBA Charlotte members over a glass of wine, and please do bring interested friends with you. If you’re a new or potential member, come and meet everyone!

For more info about this event, please contact Catherine Jardines at catherine.j.jardines@gmail.com. If you’d like more info about membership, please contact Tina Siadak, Membership Chair, tinasiadak@gmail.com. Thanks for your interest!

Come to our next Great Group Reads Book Club meeting — July 5 (WEDNESDAY this month), 7 PM!

WNBA-Charlotte’s Book Club, featuring Great Group Reads picks from National Reading Group Month

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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 July 5 (Wednesday this month only) meeting is….

30363552HEAT AND LIGHT: A NOVEL
by Jennifer Haigh
Ecco 
Trade Paperback

Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Haigh returns to the Pennsylvania town at the center of her iconic novel Baker Towers in this ambitious, achingly human story of modern America and the conflicting forces at its heart—a bold, moving drama of hope and desperation, greed and power, big business and small-town families.

Forty years ago, Bakerton coal fueled the country. Then the mines closed, and the town wore away like a bar of soap. Now Bakerton has been granted a surprise third act: it sits squarely atop the Marcellus Shale, a massive deposit of natural gas.

To drill or not to drill? Prison guard Rich Devlin leases his mineral rights to finance his dream of farming. He doesn’t count on the truck traffic and nonstop noise, his brother’s skepticism or the paranoia of his wife, Shelby, who insists the water smells strange and is poisoning their frail daughter. Meanwhile his neighbors, organic dairy farmers Mack and Rena, hold out against the drilling—until a passionate environmental activist disrupts their lives.

Told through a cast of characters whose lives are increasingly bound by the opposing interests that underpin the national debate, Heat and Light depicts a community blessed and cursed by its natural resources. Soaring and ambitious, it zooms from drill rig to shareholders’ meeting to the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor to the ruined landscape of the “strippins,” haunting reminders of Pennsylvania’s past energy booms. This is a dispatch from a forgotten America—a work of searing moral clarity from one of the finest writers of her generation, a courageous and necessary book.

Jennifer Haigh is an American novelist and short story writer. Her new novel, HEAT AND LIGHT41209 (Ecco, 2016), looks at a Pennsylvania town divided by the controversy over fracking. Her last novel, FAITH, about a beloved Boston priest accused of a molesting a child in his parish, explores the consequences of this accusation for an entire community.

Haigh’s critically acclaimed debut novel MRS. KIMBLE won the 2004 PEN/Hemingway Award for first fiction. Later books include the New York Times bestseller THE CONDITION; BAKER TOWERS, winner of the 2006 PEN/L. L. Winship Award for outstanding book by a New England author; and the short story collection NEWS FROM HEAVEN, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award and the PEN New England Award in Fiction.
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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 whitreidsmama@yahoo.com.

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Here are the terrific books we’ll be reading in 2016-2017!

November 1 — OVER THE PLAIN HOUSES by Julia Franks
(Hub City Press, HC 978-1938235214)

December 6 — 300 DAYS OF SUN by Deborah Lawrenson
(Harper Paperbacks, TP 978-0062390165)

January 3 — THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER by Phaedra Patrick
(MIRA/Harlequin, HC 978-0778319337)

February 7 — THE DRONE EATS WITH ME: A GAZA DIARY by Atef Abu Saif
(Beacon Press, TP 978-0807049105)

March 7 — THE HONEYMOON by Dinitia Smith
(Other Press, HC 978-1590517789)

April 4 — MISS JANE by Brad Watson
(W.W. Norton & Company, HC 978-0393241730)

May 2 — THIS IS YOUR LIFE, HARRIET CHANCE! by Jonathan Evison
(Algonquin Books, TP 978-1616206017)

June 6 — THE COSMOPOLITANS by Sarah Schulman
(Feminist Press at CUNY, TP 978-1558619043)

July 5 — HEAT AND LIGHT by Jennifer Haigh
(Ecco, HC 978-0061763298)

August 8 — THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND by Katarina Bivald
(Sourcebooks Landmark, TP 978-1492623441)

September 5 — THE TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO: STORIES by Anthony Marra
(Hogarth, TP 978-0770436452)

October 3 — BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE by Fredrik Backman
(Atria Books, HC 978-1501142536)

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Come to the next Great Group Reads Book Club meeting — Tuesday, June 6, 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 June 6 meeting is….


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by Sarah Schulman

Feminist Press at CUNY
Trade Paperback 978-1558619043

A modern retelling of Balzac’s classic Cousin Bette by one of America’s most prolific and significant writers. Earl, a black, gay actor working in a meatpacking plant, and Bette, a white secretary, have lived next door to each other in the same Greenwich Village apartment building for thirty years. Shamed and disowned by their families, both found refuge in New York and in their domestic routine. Everything changes when Hortense, a wealthy young actress from Ohio, comes to the city to “make it.” Textured with the grit and gloss of midcentury Manhattan, The Cosmopolitans is a lush, inviting read. The truths it frames about the human need for love and recognition remain long after the book is closed.

Sarah Schulman is a longtime AIDS and queer activist, and a cofounder of the MSarah SchulmanIX Festival and the ACT UP Oral History Project. She is a playwright and the author of seventeen books, including the novels The Mere Future, Shimmer, Rat Bohemia, After Delores, and People in Trouble, as well as nonfiction works such as The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life during the Reagan/Bush Years, Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, and Stagestruck: Theater, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay America. She is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at The City University of New York, College of Staten Island.

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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 whitreidsmama@yahoo.com.

________________________________________________________________

Here are the terrific books we’ll be reading in 2016-2017!

November 1 — OVER THE PLAIN HOUSES by Julia Franks
(Hub City Press, HC 978-1938235214)

December 6 — 300 DAYS OF SUN by Deborah Lawrenson
(Harper Paperbacks, TP 978-0062390165)

January 3 — THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER by Phaedra Patrick
(MIRA/Harlequin, HC 978-0778319337)

February 7 — THE DRONE EATS WITH ME: A GAZA DIARY by Atef Abu Saif
(Beacon Press, TP 978-0807049105)

March 7 — THE HONEYMOON by Dinitia Smith
(Other Press, HC 978-1590517789)

April 4 — MISS JANE by Brad Watson
(W.W. Norton & Company, HC 978-0393241730)

May 2 — THIS IS YOUR LIFE, HARRIET CHANCE! by Jonathan Evison
(Algonquin Books, TP 978-1616206017)

June 6 — THE COSMOPOLITANS by Sarah Schulman
(Feminist Press at CUNY, TP 978-1558619043)

July 5 — HEAT AND LIGHT by Jennifer Haigh
(Ecco, HC 978-0061763298)

August 8 — THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND by Katarina Bivald
(Sourcebooks Landmark, TP 978-1492623441)

September 5 — THE TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO: STORIES by Anthony Marra
(Hogarth, TP 978-0770436452)

October 3 — BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE by Fredrik Backman
(Atria Books, HC 978-1501142536)