Join us Monday, April 11, for our SPRING MEET THE AUTHORS EVENING

April 11 —

Spring Meet the Authors Evening
with Four Carolinas Authors!  

Monday, April 11
7 – 9 PM
Park Road Books  
Park Road Shopping Center
4139 Park Road, Charlotte 28209  

Our April meeting will feature four outstanding authors from the Carolinas, including……

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Taylor Brown, FALLEN LAND
(St. Martin’s Press)   http://www.taylorbrownfiction.com/

Mary Glickman, AN UNDISTURBED PEACE
(Open Road Media)  http://maryglickman.com/

Susan Higginbotham, HANGING MARY
(Sourcebooks Landmark)  http://www.susanhigginbotham.com/

Ashley Warlick, THE ARRANGEMENT
(Viking)  http://www.ashleywarlick.com/

 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 four novelists 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 2016 Meet the Authors Evening, please contact Susan Walker at susan.walker.books@gmail.com or 612-382-5868.  Thanks!

Come to the next WNBA Charlotte “Great Group Reads” Book Club meeting — Tuesday, January 6, 7 PM

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we’re taking the list of 2014 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.

Our book for our January 6 meeting is….18467818 An Untamed State

 

  AN UNTAMED STATE

  by Roxane Gay

  Grove Press, Black Cat

Roxane Gay is a powerful new literary voice whose short stories and essays have already earned her an enthusiastic audience. In AN UNTAMED STATE, she delivers an assured debut about a woman kidnapped for ransom, her captivity as her father refuses to pay and her husband fights for her release over thirteen days, and her struggle to come to terms with the ordeal in its aftermath.

Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom. As it becomes clear her father intends to resist the kidnappers, Mireille must endure the torments of a man who resents everything she represents.

AN UNTAMED STATE is a novel of privilege in the face of crushing poverty, and of the lawless anger that corrupt governments produce. It is the story of a willful woman attempting to find her way back to the person she once was, and of how redemption is found in the most unexpected of places. AN UNTAMED STATEestablishes Roxane Gay as a writer of prodigious, arresting talent.

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Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy culture blog, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK and essays editor for The Rumpus. She teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University. Her first book, AYITI, is a collection of fiction and nonfiction about the Haitian diaspora experience. She is also the author of the essay collection BAD FEMINIST, published by Harper Perennial in 2014. 

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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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These are the books we’re reading in 2014-2015:

November 4 – THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion (Simon & Schuster, 978-1476729091) 
 
December 2 – THE ORPHANS OF RACE POINT by Patry Francis (Harper Perennial, 978-0062281302)
 
January 6 — AN UNTAMED STATE by Roxane Gay (Black Cat, 978-0802122513) 
 
February 3 – THE WORLD OF RAE ENGLISH by Lucy Rosenthal (Black Lawrence Press, 978-1937854393)
 
March 3 – MARCHING TO ZION by Mary Glickman (Open Road Media, 978-1480435629) 
 
April 7 — CHILDREN OF THE JACARANDA TREE by Sahar Delijani (Atria Books, 978-1476709109) 
 
May 5 — THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin Books, 978-1616203214) 
 
June 2 — THE PROMISE by Ann Weisgarber (Skyhorse Publishing, 978-1629142364) 
 
July 7 — ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, 978-1476746586) 
 
August 4 — EUPHORIA by Lily King (Atlantic Monthly Press, 978-0802122551) 
 
September 1 — EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press, 978-1594205712) 
 
October 6 — WHAT IS VISIBLE by Kimberly Elkins (Twelve, 978-1455528967) 
 
For more information, please go to our Book Club page
 

Come to the next WNBA Charlotte “Great Group Reads” Book Club meeting — Tuesday, November 4, 7 PM

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we’re taking the list of 2014 Great Group Reads titles
recomme
nded for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.

Our book for our November 4 meeting is….

THE ROSIE PROJECT
By Graeme Simsion 
Simon & Schuster 

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An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.
 
smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a 
 
Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.
 
The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

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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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These are the books we’re reading in 2014-2015:
 
November 4 — THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion (Simon & Schuster, 978-1476729091) 
 
December 2 — THE ORPHANS OF RACE POINT by Patry Francis (Harper Perennial, 978-0062281302)
 
January 6 — AN UNTAMED STATE by Roxane Gay (Black Cat, 978-0802122513) 
 
February 3 — THE WORLD OF RAE ENGLISH by Lucy Rosenthal (Black Lawrence Press, 978-1937854393)
 
March 3 — MARCHING TO ZION by Mary Glickman (Open Road Media, 978-1480435629) 
 
April 7 — CHILDREN OF THE JACARANDA TREE by Sahar Delijani (Atria Books, 978-1476709109) 
 
May 5 — THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin Books, 978-1616203214) 
 
June 2 — THE PROMISE by Ann Weisgarber (Skyhorse Publishing, 978-1629142364) 
 
July 7 — ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, 978-1476746586) 
 
August 4 — EUPHORIA by Lily King (Atlantic Monthly Press, 978-0802122551) 
 
September 1 — EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press, 978-1594205712) 
 
October 6 — WHAT IS VISIBLE by Kimberly Elkins (Twelve, 978-1455528967) 
 
For more information, please go to our Book Club page

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Join us April 22 for our lively program on Latin American and Latino Women Writers and Literature in Translation!

Latin American and Latino Women Writers and Literature in Translation

Monday, April 22, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
at the office of Consolidated Planning
We’ll meet in one of the conference rooms
— follow our signs when you arrive
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4201 Congress Street, Suite 295,
Charlotte, NC 28209


Please note: The office building where we are meeting LOCKS its outside doors and elevators at 7 PM, so please be sure to arrive on time for our meeting!  If you find yourself locked out, please call Susan Walker at 612-382-5868 (cell), and someone will come to let you in. Thanks!

Latin American and Latina women writers — Julia Alvarez, Esmerelda Santiago, Sandra Cisneros, and many, many more — offer us a wide range of wonderful fiction, non-fiction and poetry in Spanish and in English translation. Join us for an exciting discussion of these writers with Magdalena Maiz-Peña, Professor of Hispanic Studies at Davidson College. A list of recommended books will be provided at the meeting, too.

Professor Magdalena Maiz-Peña specializes in twentieth-century Latin American Women Writers, Life-Writing and the Politics of representation, and Contemporary Latin American literary and cultural narratives. Her teaching interests include Basic and Intermediate language courses, Introduction to Hispanic literatures and cultures, Contemporary Latin American literatures, and The Latin American City and its historical and cultural representation.   She is the author of Identidad, nación y gesto autobiográfico, and co-editor of Modalidades de representación del sujeto auto/biográfico femenino. Her recent publications have appeared in Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and the U.S. Maiz-Peña is presently working on a book project on Urban Spaces, Gender, and Cultural Production in Mexico 1920-1950.

 

At Davidson College she has been awarded The Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award (1995), the ODK Outstanding Teaching Award (1997), and the Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award (2006). She was recently recognized for her work on the Latino Community with the Latin American Coalition Award (2007).

Don’t miss this entertaining evening with Magdalena!  You’ll learn at lot, laugh a lot, and come away with a list of books you can’t wait to read!!

 

WNBA Charlotte’s Book Club meets next Tuesday, April 2!

Our next book is
Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani
Scribner, trade paperback, $17
[Additional info]

Discussion is on April 2, 7:00 PM, at the Panera at 5940 Fairview, right near SouthPark Mall. If you need more info, please contact Kristen Knox at whitreidsmama@yahoo.com .

 Legendary women—from Anne Boleyn to Queen Elizabeth I to Mary, Queen of Scots—changed the course of history in the royal courts of sixteenth-century England. They are celebrated in history books and novels, but few people know of the powerful women in the Muslim world, who formed alliances, served as key advisers to rulers, lobbied for power on behalf of their sons, and ruled in their own right. In Equal of the Sun, Anita Amirrezvani’s gorgeously crafted tale of power, loyalty, and love in the royal court of Iran, she brings one such woman to life, Princess Pari Khan Khanoom Safavi.

Iran in 1576 is a place of wealth and dazzling beauty. But when the Shah dies without having named an heir, the court is thrown into tumult. Princess Pari, the Shah’s daughter and protégé, knows more about the inner workings of the state than almost anyone, but the princess’s maneuvers to instill order after her father’s sudden death incite resentment and dissent. Pari and her closest adviser, Javaher, a eunuch able to navigate the harem as well as the world beyond the palace walls, are in possession of an incredible tapestry of secrets and information that reveals a power struggle of epic proportions.

Based loosely on the life of Princess Pari Khan Khanoom, Equal of the Sun is a riveting story of political intrigue and a moving portrait of the unlikely bond between a princess and a eunuch. Anita Amirrezvani is a master storyteller, and in her lustrous prose this rich and labyrinthine world comes to vivid life with a stunning cast of characters, passionate and brave men and women who defy or embrace their destiny in a Machiavellian game played by those who lust for power and will do anything to attain it.

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Our meetings take place on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 PM at the Panera on Fairview near SouthPark. We have chosen books to take us through to next October when there will be a new Great Group Reads list released.  Here’s what we’ve read and will be reading:

December 4:  I Married You For Happiness by Lily Tuck [click here for more info about our discussion]

January 8: The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin [click here for more info about our discussion]

February 5: Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall

March 5: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

April 2: Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani

May 7: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeannette Winterson

June 4: An Age of Madness by David Maine

July 2: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

August 6: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

September 3: Boleto by Alison Hagy

October 1: In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner

 

ARC Giveaway: THE OTHER TYPIST by Suzanne Rindell

THE OTHER TYPISTThis week, the Women’s National Book Association Charlotte is giving away an UNCORRECTED PROOF of THE OTHER TYPIST by Suzanne Rindell.

From Penguin.com:

The Other Typist

Suzanne Rindell – Author

Hardcover | $25.95 |
ISBN 9780399161469 | 368 pages | 07 May 2013 | Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam | 9.25 x 6.25in | 18 – AND UP

For fans of The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Great Gatsby comes one of the most memorable unreliable narrators in years.

Rose Baker seals men’s fates. With a few strokes of the keys that sit before her, she can send a person away for life in prison. A typist in a New York City Police Department precinct, Rose is like a high priestess. Confessions are her job. It is 1923, and while she may hear every detail about shootings, knifings, and murders, as soon as she leaves the interrogation room she is once again the weaker sex, best suited for filing and making coffee.

This is a new era for women, and New York is a confusing place for Rose. Gone are the Victorian standards of what is acceptable. All around her women bob their hair, they smoke, they go to speakeasies. Yet prudish Rose is stuck in the fading light of yesteryear, searching for the nurturing companionship that eluded her childhood. When glamorous Odalie, a new girl, joins the typing pool, despite her best intentions Rose falls under Odalie’s spell. As the two women navigate between the sparkling underworld of speakeasies by night and their work at the station by day, Rose is drawn fully into Odalie’s high-stakes world. And soon her fascination with Odalie turns into an obsession from which she may never recover.

Advanced Reader Copies are pre-release copies, of no commercial value, and NOT FOR RESALE. Thank you to Park Road Books for providing this copy.

 

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TOPSY ARC Giveaway

TOPSY By Michael DalyThis week, the Women’s National Book Association Charlotte is giving away an UNCORRECTED PROOF of TOPSY by Michael Daly.

From Grove Atlantic:

The circus, performing elephants, Thomas Edison, and Coney Island all come together in this captivating popular history of Topsy, the famous elephant who met an unusual end.

Topsy

The Startling Story of the Crooked Tailed Elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison
By Michael Daly
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-8021-1904-9 • $25.00 • Forthcoming in Cloth • July 2013
History
In 1903, on Coney Island, an elephant named Topsy was electrocuted, and ever since this bizarre execution has reverberated through popular culture with the whiff of urban legend. But it really happened, and many historical forces conspired to bring Topsy, Thomas Edison, and those 6,600 volts of alternating current together. In Topsy, Michael Daly weaves them together into a fascinating popular history.
The first elephant arrived in America in 1796, but it wasn’t until after the Civil War that the circus entered its golden age, thanks especially to P. T. Barnum and Adam Forepaugh (or 4-Paw). It was their War of the Elephants—with declarations of whose pachyderms were younger, bigger, or more “sacred”— that brought Topsy to America, fraudulently billed as the first native-born. With fantastic detail, Daly brings this world to life; caravans, crooks, and sideshows. And he captures the life of the animals, both the cruelties they suffered and, when treated with kindness, their remarkable feats. The War of the Currents—which pitted Edison against George Westinghouse— would also play a major role in the life of Topsy. Edison, hoping to have “westinghoused” enter the lexicon, maneuvered to have New York’s executions switched to electrocution. Daly expertly guides the reader through this peculiar and enduring story, as well as the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, and the development of Coney Island. Rich in period Americana, and full of larger than life characters— both human and elephant—Topsy is a touching, entertaining read.
The Women’s National Book Association Charlotte thanks PARK ROAD BOOKS for providing this copy.

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GREAT SUMMER READS!!

Monday, May 14, 7:00 – 9:00 PM. 
Join us at 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, of course!

Refreshments will be served – please bring a contribution, if you wish.  Thanks!