Bookclub Meeting Tuesday, August 6th

maggie boylanCome and discuss Maggie Boylan by Michael Henson (Ohio University Press)
Tuesday, August 6th, 7:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

A selection from the 2018 National Reading Group Month’s Great Group Reads (list)

Set in Appalachian Ohio amid an epidemic of prescription opiate abuse, Michael Henson’s linked collection tells of a woman’s search for her own peculiar kind of redemption, and brings the novel-in-stories form to new heights. Maggie Boylan is an addict, thief, liar, and hustler. But she is also a woman of deep compassion and resilience. The stories follow Maggie as she spirals through her addictive process, through the court system and treatment, and into a shaky new beginning.

Great Group Reads Bookclub meeting, Tuesday, June 4th at 7:00pm


BONFIRE BY CELTCome and discuss Invitation to a Bonfire by by Adrienne Celt (Bloomsbury)

Tuesday, June 4th, 7:00-8:15pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

A selection from the 2018 National Reading Group Month’s Great Group Reads (list)

In the 1920s, Zoya Andropova, a young Soviet Union refugee, finds herself in the alien landscape of an all-girls New Jersey boarding school. Having lost her family, and home, Zoya struggles to belong, a task made more difficult by the malice her peers heap on scholarship students and her new country’s paranoia about Russian spies. When she meets the visiting writer and fellow Russian émigré Leo Orlov–whose books Zoya has privately obsessed over for years–her luck seems to have taken a turn for the better. But she soon discovers that Leo is not the solution to her loneliness: he’s committed to his art and bound by the sinister orchestrations of his brilliant wife, Vera.As the reader unravels the mystery of Zoya, Lev, and Vera’s fate, Zoya is faced with mounting pressure to figure out who she is and what kind of life she wants to build. Grappling with class distinctions, national allegiance, and ethical fidelity–not to mention the powerful magnetism of sex–Invitation to a Bonfire investigates how one’s identity is formed, irrevocably, through a series of momentary decisions, including how to survive, who to love, and whether to pay the complicated price of happiness.

Summer Reading Preview 2019 from Park Road Books: full list

 

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Park Road Books 2019 Summer Reads Preview

Sally Brewster, owner of Park Road Books, curated a list of must-reads for Summer 2019. Here are 16 titles to get you through this season and beyond!

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (July, $15.00 Pb., Berkley), Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Death and Other Happy Endings by Melanie Cantor (July, $26.00 HC, Pamela Dorman), Contemporary Romance, Domestic Fiction

Deep River by Karl Marlantes (July, $30.00 HC, Atlantic Monthly), Historical Fiction, WWI Fiction

Furious Hours: Murder, Fruad and the Last Hours of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (May, $26.95 HC, Knopf), Biography, True Crime

The Ghosts of Eden Park: the Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder that Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott (August, $28.00 HC, Crown), True Crime/Murder, 20th Century History, Biography & Memoir

Hotbox: Inside Catering, the World’s Riskiest Business by Matt & Ted Lee (April, $28.00 HC, Henry Holt), Cooking, Food Writing

In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow (June $26.00 HC, Bloomsbury), Historical Fiction, Southern Fiction

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey (June, $25.99 HC, Tor), Mystery, Suspense, Contemporary Fantasy

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn (June, $26.95 HC, Liveright), Literary Fiction

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev (May $15.99 PB, William Morrow), Contemporary Romance, Domestic Fiction

The Substitution Order by Martin Clark  (July $27.95 HC, Knopf), Thriller, Humorous Fiction, Legal Fiction

The Swallows by Lisa Lutz (August $27.00 HC, Ballantine), Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Fiction, Humorous Fiction

Things you Save In a Fire by Catherine Center (August $26.99 HC, St. Martin’s Press), Domestic Fiction

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger (September $27.00 HC, Atria), Mystery, Historical Fiction

Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald (June $27.00 HC, Random House), Historical Fiction

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig (July $28.99 HC, Delray), Science Fiction, Suspense, Apocalyptic

Find all these books at https://www.parkroadbooks.com

*Attention, self-published authors, PRB offers special discounts for current WNBA-Charlotte members. Go to their stock your books section and learn more.

 

Great Group Reads Bookclub meeting, Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00pm

widows of malabar hillCome and discuss The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Masey (Soho Press).
From the publisher’s website summary: 
1920s India: Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s first female lawyer, is investigating a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows living in full purdah when the case takes a turn toward the murderous. The author of the Agatha and Macavity Award-winning Rei Shimura novels brings us an atmospheric new historical mystery with a captivating heroine.

Inspired in part by the woman who made history as India’s first female attorney, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp and promising new sleuth.

Tuesday, May 7th, 7:00-8:15pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

A selection from the 2018 National Reading Group Month’s Great Group Reads (list)

*Then, join us again Tuesday, June 4, as we discuss Invitation to a Bonfire by Adrienne Celt (Bloomsbury). Same time, same location.

Come to our SPRING MEET THE AUTHORS EVENING, Monday, April 8, 7 PM !!

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Monday, April 8, 2019
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 three outstanding authors.

Jacqui Castle, THE SECLUSION, Inkshares 
Mesha Maren, SUGAR RUN, Algonquin 
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Snowden Wright, AMERICAN POP, William Morrow
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Jacqui Castle is a local author and freelance writer living in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville. Castle has been an active voice in the community for several years, having contributed to a variety of local publications, including Mountain Xpress, WNC Woman, Asheville Grit, and Explore Asheville. Castle is also an associate producer on Asheville FM 103.3 WordPlay Radio, which airs each Sunday at 3pm. Her dystopian science-fiction novel, The Seclusion, was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Sci-Fi Book of September 2018, and was called a “must-have for all libraries and fans of ¬sci-fi ” by School Library Journal.

Mesha Maren’s short stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, Oxford American, Hobart, The Barcelona Review, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial and other literary journals. She was chosen by Lee Smith as winner of the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and is the recipient of a 2014 Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, an Appalachian Writing Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Ucross Foundation. She is the 2018-2019 Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also serves as a National Endowment of the Arts Writing Fellow at the Beckley Federal Correctional Institution.

Born and raised in Mississippi, Snowden Wright has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. He has written for The Atlantic, Salon, Esquire, The Millions, and the New York Daily News, among other publications, and previously worked as a fiction reader for The New Yorker, Esquire, and The Paris Review. His small press debut, Play Pretty Blues, was the recipient of the 2012 Summer Literary Seminar’s Graywolf Prize. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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 writers and get signed copies of their new books! Author details will be provided in early 2019.

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

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Download a copy of our Spring 2019 Meet the Authors flyer 032919 here.

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

Join us at the next Great Group Reads Bookclub meeting! April 2 at 7pm!

Come out and discuss  A Vain Conversation by Anthony Grooms (U. of South Carolina Press).

Vain ConversationFrom the publisher’s website summary: Inspired by true events, The Vain Conversation reflects on the 1946 lynching of two black couples in Georgia from the perspectives of three characters—Bertrand Johnson, one of the victims; Noland Jacks, a presumed perpetrator; and Lonnie Henson, a witness to the murders as a ten-year-old boy. Lonnie’s inexplicable feelings of culpability drive him in a search for meaning that takes him around the world and ultimately back to Georgia, where he must confront Jacks and his own demons, with the hopes that doing so will free him from the grip of the past.

In The Vain Conversation, Anthony Grooms seeks to advance the national dialogue on race relations. With complexity, satire, and sometimes levity, he explores what it means to redeem, as well as to be redeemed, when dealing with America’s race violence, and he speaks to the broader issues of oppression and violence everywhere.

Tuesday, April 2nd, 7:00-8:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

A selection from the 2018 National Reading Group Month’s Great Group Reads (list)

*Then, join us again Tuesday, May 7, as we discuss The Widows of Malabar Hill (Soho Press). Same time, same location.

Join us at the next Great Group Reads Book Club meeting — Tuesday, March 5, at 7 PM!

Come out and discuss The Lido by Libby Page (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)

Lido CoverFrom the publisher’s website summary: Rosemary Peterson has lived in Brixton, London, all her life but everything is changing. The library where she used to work has closed. The family grocery store has become a trendy bar. And now the lido, an outdoor pool where she’s swum daily since its opening, is threatened with closure by a local housing developer. It was at the lido that Rosemary escaped the devastation of World War II; here she fell in love with her husband, George; here she found community during her marriage and since George’s death.

Twentysomething Kate Matthews has moved to Brixton and feels desperately alone. A once promising writer, she now covers forgettable stories for her local paper. That is, until she’s assigned to write about the lido’s closing. Soon Kate’s portrait of the pool focuses on a singular woman: Rosemary. And as Rosemary slowly opens up to Kate, both women are nourished and transformed in ways they never thought possible.

In the tradition of Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove, The Lido is a charming, feel-good novel that captures the heart and spirit of a community across generations—an irresistible tale of love, loss, aging, and friendship.

Tuesday, March 5th, 7:00-8:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

A selection from the 2018 National Reading Group Month’s Great Group Reads (list)

Then, join us again on April 2nd, as we discuss A Vain Conversation by Anthony Grooms (U. of South Carolina Press). Same time & Location.

Join us at the next Great Group Reads Book Club meeting — Tuesday, February 5, at 7 PM!

Come out and discuss Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, My True Story by Irene Butter (White River Press). 

shore upon shoreFrom the publisher’s website summary: Irene’s pappi fought to save his family in Holland, during the holocaust. By January 1945, her family is struggling to survive a death camp. Irene tends her ailing parents, cares for starving kids, and even helps bring clothes to her Amsterdam neighbor Anne Frank, before her family is offered a singular chance for freedom…providing the Nazi doctor says they are healthy enough. After two weeks of heart-lifting miracles and heart-breaking tragedies, Irene arrives in the Algerian desert to journey into redemption and womanhood, without her parents or brother. This first person memoir is an account of how the heart keeps its common humanity in the most inhumane and turbulent of times. Irene’s hard-earned lessons are a timeless inspiration.

Tuesday, February 5th, 7:00-8:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

A selection from the 2018 National Reading Group Month’s Great Group Reads (list)

Then, join us also on March 5th, as we discuss The Lido by Libby Page (Simon & Schuster). Same time & Location.

 

 

 

 

 

Join us at our Self-Publishing Panel Discussion! Tuesday, November 13, 5:30 PM

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
5:30-7:30 PM  

Morrison Branch
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
7015 Morrison Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28211  

 

Back by popular demand! 

The Queen City’s Literary Scene is thriving! Authors today get published with major houses and small presses, while many have ventured out on their own, selling their craft as well as creating it. It’s a challenge, but possible!

WNBA Charlotte member and editor of Ayers Edits Nicole Ayers will be facilitating an all-star panel with successful self-published authors Catherine Goodman Farley, Kim Love Stump, Bridgett Bell Langson, and Lisa Otter Rose. They’ll be providing tips and tricks and lessons learned! All authors do have a background in writing and publishing in children’s and young adult writing and will provide excellent insight into that, but the event will answer all questions related to the self-publishing journey.  Full bios are listed below.

If you plan to attend, please register here! This event is FREE, but we need to know how many people will be joining us. Thanks!

 

In February 2018, Bridgett Bell Langson published her first book, Finding Home, My Arf-O-Biography, through CreateSpace, but using her own business name, Tale Wag Press. Finding Home was written, revised, and edited innumerable times. Most of this book was based on true stories of her rescued puppy.

Before working as a writer, Bridgett taught children in public schools in North Carolina in both special education resource and elementary classrooms. After several years of teaching, she applied and was selected to participate in the UNC Charlotte Writing Project for teachers. Following this, she continued as a classroom teacher, and also trained other teachers in methods of writing instruction for their students. Bridgett is a member of WNBA, SCBWI, NCWN, and Charlotte Writers’ Club.

Catherine Goodman Farley is a local children’s book author who has independently published two books in her Explore with Mimi series. Mischievous Mimi Explores Seabrook Island (2014) and Mimi Discovers Sullivan’s Island (2017) are adventure stories which share lessons in history, conservation, and faith with children and their families. Her third book in the series is planned for release next spring. Each of her books are co-authored by special children in her life.

As a practicing physical therapist, Catherine enjoys connecting with people, sharing experiences, and all things creative and coastal. Becoming an author has been a serendipitous journey in which she feels quite grateful to experience. She believes that EVERYONE has a beautiful and unique story that can be shared in some fashion to relate to others. Catherine resides in Charlotte with her husband, Trey and three children, Madeline, Mary Catherine, and James. Her website is explorewithmimi.com.

Kim Love Stump has loved to read and write ever since she can remember. While fiction is her first writing love, she has written everything from equity recommendations for a bank trust department to Bible studies. She is also a frequent writer of memoir. Whether a snippet of real life or an intricate fantasyland, Kim loves world-building through words. She shares the real-life world she has created in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband of thirty-plus years.

Kim is the author of A Clearing in the Forest, the first book in the Journeys from Ayrden series, published in 2016. Her personal essay Sounds of Love and Life was published the same year in the book Here in the Middle, edited by Christine Organ and Julie Jo Severson. Izzy Goes to Camp, a multi-plot chapter book published by Zoozil Media, is anticipated to be released in 2019. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the North Carolina Writers’ Network and the Women’s National Book Association – Charlotte Chapter. Find her online at www.kimlovestump.com.

Lisa Otter Rose is a writer, visual journalist, and award-winning author. She appreciates how creativity, determination, and courage play key roles in every child’s development. Like Jamie, the ten-year-old protagonist in her novel, You’ve Got Verve, Jamie Ireland!, Lisa’s now grown children all suffered from undiagnosed learning disabilities. She experienced firsthand the frustration that those undiagnosed learning disorders brought to her children’s early years, and then the relief that the proper diagnosis and intervention offered. Lisa, who has always loved books and knows the power of story, has crafted a funny and realistic character, Jamie Ireland, who defies any label. Lisa lives in North Carolina with her husband, Gary, and Monk-Monk, the sock monkey, a cat, three dogs, and eight chickens. Please visit her on Instagram @LisaOtterRose.

BIBLIOFEAST 2018 is Monday, October 15! Mark your calendars and buy your tickets online today!

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BIBLIOFEAST 2018
A Literary “Movable Feast”

WNBA Charlotte’s 9th Annual
Book & Author Dinner

Celebrating the 11th Anniversary of
National Reading Group Month

TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW!
Printed tickets available at Park Road Books

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ONLINE TODAY!
Ticket deadline extended to October 12 – must be purchased in advance!

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WHEN:  Monday evening, October 15, 2018  /  6:00-9:00 PM

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

WHAT:  A “movable 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, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

  • Tickets $60/person. BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR! If you’re a current 2018-2019 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 who purchase tickets and earn $20 in rebates on your own ticket! Bring 6 paying guests and earn $60 in rebates – your own ticket for free! (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). Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, October 12.
    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 4.

  • Tickets must be purchased in advance — deadline extended to October 12!

  • Books by participating authors will be sold at the event by Park Road Books, Charlotte.

This coming October, the Charlotte Chapter of WNBA will sponsor our 9thannual BIBLIOFEAST Book & Author Dinner in celebration of WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.  Our very successful 2017 BIBLIOFEAST highlighted 8 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 2018:

 

JT Ellison, TEAR ME APART, Mira/HarperCollins

Donna Everhart, THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET, Kensington

Sue Halpern, SUMMER HOURS AT THE ROBBERS’ LIBRARY, Harper Perennial

Webb Hubbell, THE EIGHTEENTH GREEN, Beaufort Books

Pam Kelley, MONEY ROCK: A FAMILY’S STORY OF COCAINE, RACE, AND AMBITION IN THE NEW SOUTH, The New Press

Elaine Neil Orr, SWIMMING BETWEEN WORLDS, Berkley/PRH

Kathryn Schwille, WHAT LUCK, THIS LIFE, Hub City Press

Lee Zacharias, ACROSS THE GREAT LAKE, University of Wisconsin Press

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NEW THIS YEAR! Sponsor an Author – For $30 you can sponsor one of our featured guest authors. Benefits include —

  • Escorting the author during the cocktail hour 

  • Key seating right next to this author at your dinner table, plus this seat next to 5 other authors who will visit your table during the “moveable feast” author rotations which are the highlight of this dinner.

  • Email us at wnbacharlotte@gmail.com to let us know that you want to participate and which author(s) you prefer to sponsor.

  • 10% off your sponsored author’s book (WNBA Charlotte will cover this discount with Park Road Books.)

  • Send cash or check with your information to WNBA Charlotte Chapter, c/o Sally Brewster, Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209, or come out and pay at our Fall Kickoff and Networking event on September 11!

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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!

Check out this other members’ opportunity at Bibliofeast, too:

  • Members’ Promotional Table – Members can display their business services and publications for a $10 flat fee. There will be a members services table that all attendees, including authors, will be able to view. Get your name out there!

  • Email us at wnbacharlotte@gmail.com to let us know that you want to participate and what your service or publication will be. Send cash or check with your information to WNBA Charlotte Chapter, c/o Sally Brewster, Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209, or come out and pay at our Fall Kickoff and Networking event on September 11!

BIBLIOFEAST 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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