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…  

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


* 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,, 612-382-5868.














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 See you there!

Please contact Catherine Jardines at if you have questions or would like more information about this event.

WNBA-Charlotte and Park Road Books invite you to meet Susan Rivers, author of THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY

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

and Park Road Books 
invite you to meet

Susan Rivers  SusanJaneRivers

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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 Space is limited!   

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



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.

WNBA Members! Don’t miss our Annual Book Swap and Networking Meeting for members only! Monday, January 9, at 7 PM

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and Networking Meeting

— location details will be sent
to members 

Monday, January 9, 7:00 PM
Kristen Knox’s house
(Members, please watch for a WNBA email  for the address or contact Kristen for info)  


Our president Kristen Knox once again is hosting our annual WNBA-Charlotte book swap at her house/personal library! Use this chance to tidy up your bookshelves, or to clutter them again with new reads. Bring books to swap out or just to donate to a good cause.  

This is a members only event!

Check out this webpage and  WNBA-Charlotte’s Facebook page for further updates.

Come to the next Great Group Reads Book Club meeting — Tuesday, January 3, 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 January 3, 2017 meeting is….

by Phaedra Patrick

(MIRA/Harlequin, HC 978-0778319337)

 In this poignant and sparkling debut, a lovable widower embarks on a life-changing adventure. Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden.

But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam’s possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he’s never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife’s secret life before they met–a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.

Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a curiously charming debut and a joyous celebration of life’s infinite possibilities.phaedra-patrick

Phaedra Patrick studied art and marketing and has worked as a stained glass artist, film festival organiser and communications manager. An award-winning short story writer, she now writes full time. She lives in Saddleworth, UK, with her husband and son. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is her debut novel.

To find out more, please visit:
Twitter @phaedrapatrick


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

For more information and to see our list of books we’re reading this year, go to our Great Group Reads Book Club page.


Visit the new WNBA National and WNBA Centennial websites!

Women’s National Book Association
Connecting, Educating, Advocating & Leading since 19wnbaEst.191717


The WNBA National website has a new updated redesign, tying in with our new logo! Take a look and check out the information and features it includes.


In addition, we’ve launched the brand new WNBA CENTENNIAL WEBSITE, which includes fascinating information about WNBA’s 100 year history, a schedule of programming (watch for updates!), new Centennial merchandise, and more.


Enter WNBA’s Fifth Annual Writing Contest! Deadline January 15, 2017

Our 2016-2017 Writing Contest is accepting submissions!


The contest began September 15, 2016
and will end January 15, 2017
Contest winners announced May 1, 2017

More details

Questions? Email Contest Chairperson:

First place winners receive $250.00.
There will be four awards in each category: 1, 2, 3, and Honorable Mention.
All four winners will be published in a special Contest Edition of the WNBA’s National Newsletter, The Bookwoman. All winners will be posted on the Women’s National Book Association website.

Entries are accepted in three categories:

3,000 word maximum length, no theme required

Creative Nonfiction/ Memoir:
2,500 word maximum

3-5 pages of poetry (double-spaced)

Each entry requires a small submission fee: $15 for WNBA members and $20 for non-members.  All entries will be read and judged as blind entries.

Submit your work online here

Open to WNBA members and non-members.  You may enter as many works as you wish, but each one requires an entry fee. If you have any questions, please email the contest chairperson

Download the flyer


Brenda KnightBrenda Knight began her career at HarperCollins, working with luminaries Marianne Williamson,Huston Smith and Paolo Coelho. Knight served as publisher of Cleis Press and was awarded
IndieFab’s Publisher of the Year in 2014. Knight is the author of Wild Women and Books, Be a
Good in the World, and Women of the Beat Generation, which won an American Book Award.  Managing Director of Mango Media, she also serves as President of the Womens’ National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter.

Ellen UrbaniEllen Urbani is the author of the novel Landfall, a Women’s National Book Association Great Group Reads selection set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Her work has been profiled in the
Oscar-qualified short documentary film Paint Me a Future. A Southern expat now residing in Oregon, her pets will always be dawgs and her truest allegiance will always reside with the Crimson Tide.

Linda Joy MyersLinda Joy Myers
is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers. Her memoir Don’t Call Me Mother—A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award, a finalist in the IndieExcellence Awards, and won the BAIPA Gold Medal award.Linda offers workshops internationally, and helps people capture their stories through coaching, editing, and online workshops.

Come to the next WNBA Great Group Reads Book Club meeting, Tuesday, December 6!

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 December 6, 2016 meeting is….


25817393300 DAYS OF SUN
Deborah Lawrenson
Harper Paperbacks

“A deeply satisfying novel, a rich story with a strong feeling for time and place and the expert pacing of the best thrillers. Readers will appreciate Lawrenson’s ability to combine stunning atmosphere with a fascinating historical backstory.” — Booklist, starred review

“Beautiful storytelling along with a beautiful setting….With an intricately layered plot and enigmatic, complex characters, Lawrenson crafts a story edged in mystery that blends the past during World War II with the present day. An intriguing read.” — Romantic Times

“Merges past and present, doubling identities and events to dazzling… effect. Set against the lush but corrupt coastal resorts of southern Portugal, the novel’s shadowy deeds seem only more dangerous in this sunny clime…. Sure to please those who relish the untangling of crimes in exotic locales.” — Library Journal

Combining the atmosphere of Jess Walters’ Beautiful Ruins with the intriguing historical backstory of Christina Baker Kline’s The Orphan Train, Deborah Lawrenson’s mesmerizing novel transports readers to a sunny Portuguese town with a shadowy past—where two women, decades apart, are drawn into a dark game of truth and lies that still haunts the shifting sea marshes.

Traveling to Faro, Portugal, journalist Joanna Millard hopes to escape an unsatisfying relationship and a stalled career. Faro is an enchanting town, and the seaside views are enhanced by the company of Nathan Emberlin, a charismatic younger man. But behind the crumbling facades of Moorish buildings, Joanna soon realizes, Faro has a seedy underbelly, its economy compromised by corruption and wartime spoils. And Nathan has an ulterior motive for seeking her company: he is determined to discover the truth involving a child’s kidnapping that may have taken place on this dramatic coastline over two decades ago.

Joanna’s subsequent search leads her to Ian Rylands, an English expat who cryptically insists she will find answers in The Alliance, a novel written by American Esta Hartford. The book recounts an American couple’s experience in Portugal during World War II, and their entanglements both personal and professional with their German enemies. Only Rylands insists the book isn’t fiction, and as Joanna reads deeper into The Alliance, she begins to suspect that Esta Hartford’s story and Nathan Emberlin’s may indeed converge in Faro—where the past not only casts a long shadow but still exerts a very present danger.

Deborah Lawrenson studied English at Cambridge University and worked as a journalist in London. She is married with a daughter, and lives in Kent, England. Deborah’s previous novels include The Lantern and The Sea Garden.


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


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)

(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)

WORDS WITHOUT BORDERS — Join us Monday, November 14, for this fascinating program!

WORDS WITHOUT BORDERS  de-wereld-woorden-planisphere-32015617
A Discussion with
Writer Andrew Rusnak  

Monday, November 14  
7:00-8:30 PM  
Park Road Books     

Virtual reality has become a thing…and it can help you become a better writer! Understanding the literacy impacts of immersive virtual reality when it comes to other cultures is important, especially when looking at working with international clients. When you can interact in real-time with people across the world, you can bridge gaps that were previously guarded by deep waters, and you can become a student and a teacher at the same time.

This discussion will focus on using virtual reality tools in new and different ways in the literacy field, to interact with individuals in different cultures and backgrounds. Gain advice from expert Andrew Rusnak on working with international clients, non-English speakers, and more.

The truth is that the Internet has brought all of us closer together than ever before, and virtual reality technologies are simply one more step in the ever-present quest for connectivity, understanding, and the ability to preserve and promote literacy across the planet.

We look forward to seeing you there!


By most accounts, Andrew Rusnak is a pretty cool dude. In 2010, he decided to venture out into the wilderness of words and become a freelance writer. Since then, he’s concocted thousands of pieces of content for entities such as eBay, Sears, K-Mart, Greater Charlotte Biz Magazine, and about a bazillion other companies (fun fact: Microsoft Word recognizes the word “bazillion”).

Currently, he resides in Lancaster, SC, and despite being awesome all day, he is humbly learning how to be a dad with the help of his beautiful wife Christina.


A Literary “Moveable Feast”

WNBA Charlotte’s 7th Annual
Book & Author Dinner

2016 National Reading Group Month


Ticket deadline October 15 — must be purchased in advance!

WHEN:  Monday evening, October 17, 2016  /  6:00-9:00 PM

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

WHAT:  A “moveable feast” dinner featuring 10 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
  • WNBA member tickets $50; nonmember tickets $60
  • Tickets are now available online (credit cards via PayPal).
  • Tickets also may be purchased at Park Road Books (check or cash only) starting September 7.
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance — deadline October 15!
  • 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 7th annual BIBLIOFEAST book and author dinner in celebration of WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.  Our very successful 2015 BIBLIOFEAST highlighted 9 authors and was attended by 60+ people. This year we’re including 10 authors and 60-70 attendees. 

We’re delighted to welcome these featured authors:

Jane Alison, NINE ISLAND, Catapult

Susan Crawford, THE OTHER WIDOW, William Morrow

Gayle Forman, LEAVE ME, Algonquin Books

Julia Franks, OVER THE PLAIN HOUSES, Hub City Press

Atria Books/Washington Square Press

Ashley Mace Havird, LIGHTINGSTRUCK, Mercer University Press

Megan Miranda, ALL THE MISSING GIRLS, Simon & Schuster

Travis Mulhauser, SWEETGIRL, Ecco

Angela Pisel, WITH LOVE FROM THE INSIDE, G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Kathryn Smith, THE GATEKEEPER, Touchstone


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,, 612-382-5868. Thank you!


THANK YOU to our 2016 National Reading Group Month Official Sponsors!

National Reading Group Month 2016 Official Premier Sponsor

Friends of National Reading Group Month