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.

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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)

Come to the next Great Group Reads Book Club meeting — Tuesday, May 2, 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 May 2 meeting is….

25810633THIS IS YOUR LIFE, HARRIET CHANCE!
by Jonathan Evison 
(Algonquin Books, TP 978-1616206017)

With her husband Bernard now in the grave, seventy-nine-year-old Harriet Chance sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise only to discover through a series of revelations that she’s been living the past sixty years of her life under entirely false pretenses. There, amid the buffets and lounge singers, between the imagined appearance of her late husband and the very real arrival of her estranged daughter midway through the cruise, Harriet is forced to take a long look back, confronting the truth about pivotal events that changed the course of her life.

Jonathan Evison—bestselling author of West of Here, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, and All About Lulu—has crafted a bighearted novel with a supremely endearing heroine at its center. Through Harriet, he paints a bittersweet portrait of a postmodern everywoman with great warmth, humanity, and humor. Part dysfunctional love story, part poignant exploration of the mother/daughter relationship, nothing is what it seems in this tale of acceptance, reexamination, forgiveness, and, ultimately, healing. It is sure to appeal to admirers of Evison’s previous work, as well as fans of such writers as Meg Wolitzer, Junot Diaz, and Karen Joy Fowler.

Jonathan Evison is an American writer whose debut novel All About Lulu was published in 2008 toJonathan Evison critical acclaim, including the Washington State Book Award. In 2009, Evison was awarded a Richard Buckley Fellowship from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. A second novel, West of Here, was released in February 2011 from Algonquin. Editor Chuck Adams (Water for Elephants, A Reliable Wife, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England) has called West of Here the best novel he’s worked on in over four decades of publishing. Evison’s critically acclaimed novels also include The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving (2012) and This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance (2015).

In his teens, Evison was the founding member and frontman of the Seattle punk band March of Crimes, which included future members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.  Born in San Jose, California, he now lives on an island in Western Washington.

http://www.westofherethebook.com/

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Join us Monday, May 1 (NEW DATE!) for Sally Brewster’s GREAT SUMMER READS RECOMMENDATIONS!

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Great Summer Reads
with Sally Brewster,
Park Road Books  

 

Monday, May 1 — NOTE OUR NEW DATE!
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Park Road Books   
Park Road Shopping Center
4139 Park Road, Charlotte 28209  

 

GREAT SUMMER READS is our annual favorite get-together, featuring book recommendations for summer reading from Sally Brewster, owner of Park Road Books. 

Sally will provide a list of books for us, and titles which are already published will be available for purchase at the bookstore, of course! 

We look forward to seeing many of you there. This is always an entertaining and informative occasion, so bring your friends, too!

Join us Monday, April 3, for our annual Spring Meet the Authors Evening!!

April 3 —  

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with Four Outstanding Authors!  

 

Monday, April 3
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Park Road Books   
Park Road Shopping Center
4139 Park Road, Charlotte 28209  

 

Our April meeting features four outstanding authors from the South, plus Ohio, including……

 

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Troylyn Ball
PURE HEART: A SPIRITED TALE OF GRACE, GRIT, AND WHISKEY
(Dey Street Books)  more information

Diane Gilliam
DREADFUL WIND & RAIN
(Red Hen Press)  more information

Nancy Peacock
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF PERSIMMON WILSON
(Atria Books)  more information

Anna Schachner
YOU AND I AND SOMEONE ELSE
(Mercer University Press)  more information

Our special guests will join us for an evening of conversation and refreshments. Each author will speak briefly about her 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 three writers and get signed copies of their new books.

Please DO bring your friends and fellow book club members, too. We want to make sure we greet our guest authors with a large and enthusiastic audience!

If you have questions about our Spring 2017 Meet the Authors Evening, please contact Susan Walker at susan.walker.books@gmail.com or 612-382-5868.  Thanks!

Join WNBA Charlotte and Charlotte Writers’ Club on March 21 for our joint program on Small Press Submissions

SMALL PRESS SUBMISSIONS  

'I figured if you liked the first paragraph I'd go ahead and finish the book.'

‘I figured if you liked the first paragraph I’d go ahead and finish the book.’

A Panel Hosted by 
Women’s National Book Association – Charlotte
and Charlotte Writers’ Club   

Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 PM
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte 28211  

Small presses offer authors another publishing path that’s situated between self-publishing and going the traditional route with a Big 5 publisher. Join WNBA-Charlotte and CWC as we explore the intricacies of working with a small-press publisher in a moderated panel discussion.  A Q&A session will follow the panel. 

Our three panelists will include:

Betsy Teter, Hub City Press, Spartanburg, SC
Elizabeth Turnbull, Light Messages Publishing, Durham, NC
a representative from Press 53, Winston-Salem, NC

We hope to see many WNBA Charlotte members in attendance!

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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….

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by Dinitia Smith

(Other Press, HC 978-1590517789)

http://otherpress.com/books/the-honeymoon/

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.

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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.

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…  

 BOOKWOMEN SPEAK:
THE CENTENNIAL VISIONARIES SERIES
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…

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

 Participants:

* 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, susan.walker.books@gmail.com, 612-382-5868.

 

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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 wnbacharlotte@gmail.com. See you there!

Please contact Catherine Jardines at catherine.j.jardines@gmail.com if you have questions or would like more information about this event.