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!

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    


WNBA-Charlotte 
and Park Road Books 
invite you to meet

Susan Rivers  SusanJaneRivers

Author of  

THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY  

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 susan.walker.books@gmail.com. Space is limited!   

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

 

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THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY
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)  

MEMBERS ONLY!!  

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.

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

Our 2016-2017 Writing Contest is accepting submissions!

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

More details

Questions? Email Contest Chairperson: joan@joangelfand.com

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:

Fiction:
3,000 word maximum length, no theme required

Creative Nonfiction/ Memoir:
2,500 word maximum

Poetry:
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  joan@joangelfand.com

Download the flyer


 Judges

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….

 

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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.

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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)

BIBLIOFEAST 2016 is Monday, October 17! BUY TICKETS THROUGH SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15!

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A Literary “Moveable Feast”

WNBA Charlotte’s 7th Annual
Book & Author Dinner

Celebrating
2016 National Reading Group Month

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ONLINE TODAY
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).
    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 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

Peter Golden, WHEREVER THERE IS LIGHT,
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

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

National Reading Group Month 2016 Official Premier Sponsor
SOURCEBOOKS—AN INDEPENDENT VISION

Friends of National Reading Group Month

AMERICAN BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION
ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION
BAKER & TAYLOR—THE FUTURE DELIVERED
BOOKLIST, AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
EDELWEISS—ABOVE THE TREELINE, INC.
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WNBA Charlotte’s Fall Social & Networking Meeting Is Monday, September 11!


Image result for park road shopping centerWNBA Charlotte’s Annual Fall Social & Networking Meeting  

Monday, September 11, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 PM  

Rock Salt
512 Brandywine Road (Back lot of Park Road Shopping Center)

Charlotte, NC 28209   

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!

NEW! Author MEET & GREET Special Opportunities for WNBA Members! Lisa Wingate and Kim Boykin on September 17!

WNBA Charlotte offers our members a variety of special MEET & GREET opportunities to get together and talk with authors in informal small group settings. In addition, our chapter helps to co-sponsor and promote selected author events for the general public at Park Road Books.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND ATTEND THESE UPCOMING AUTHOR EVENTS!

Members will be alerted via email to our special MEET & GREET plans with these authors, which may be an informal lunch, coffee hour, drinks or dinner, depending upon the authors’ schedules. If you are interested in participating, please contact Susan Walker, susan.walker.books@gmail.com, and we will be sure to send  you these MEET & GREET details.

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Thursday, September 17, 11 AM-12:30 PM 

WNBA-Charlotte
and Park Road Books

invite you to

A Lunchtime Book Conversation
with Authors 

Lisa Wingate and Kim Boykin

Bring a bag lunch and your book club members or come on your own to Park Road Books to meet authors Lisa Wingate, author of The Sea Keeper’s Daughters, and Kim Boykin, author of A Peach of a Pair. Join us in an informal conversation about their latest novels and get autographed copies while you’re there!

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Park Road Books
Park Road Shopping Center

4139 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 
704-525-9239                                                                                                                                                                     

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In Lisa Wingate’s new novel THE SEA KEEPER’S DAUGHTERS, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny in a compelling story which moves from modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelt’s WPA folklore writers.

Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. The inheritance of a decaying Gilded Age hotel on North Carolina’s Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But things at the Excelsior are more complicated than they seem. Whitney’s estranged stepfather is entrenched on the third floor, and the downstairs tenants are determined to save the historic building. Searching through years of stored family heirlooms may be Whitney’s only hope of quick cash, but will the discovery of an old necklace and a Depression-era love story change everything?


Lisa Wingat
e is an award-winning journalist, magazine columnist, popular inspirational speaker, and a national bestselling author of more than 20 books, including THE STORY KEEPER and THE PRAYER BOX. Lisa’s works have been featured by the National Reader’s Club of America, AOL Book Picks, Doubleday Book Club, the Literary Guild, American Profiles and have been chosen for numerous awards.  

 

Peach of a Pair 9780425281994Kim Boykin delights us again in her new novel A PEACH OF A PAIR!. April, 1953. Days before Nettie Gilbert is about to graduate from school in South Carolina, she learns that her childhood sweetheart is getting married…to her own sister. Devastated, Nettie drops out of school and takes a job as live-in help for two elderly sisters, Emily and Lurleen Eldridge, whose relationship has weathered many storms.  And as Nettie learns more about their lives on a trip to see a faith healer halfway across the country, she’ll discover that love and forgiveness will one day lead her home…

Kim Boykin lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, three dogs, and 126 rose bushes. She is the author of PALMETTO MOON and THE WISDOM OF HAIR.

 

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

 

NEW! Author MEET & GREET Special Opportunities for WNBA Members!


WNBA Charlotte offers our members a variety of special MEET & GREET opportunities to get together and talk with authors in informal small group settings. In addition, our chapter helps to co-sponsor and promote selected author events for the general public at Park Road Books.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND ATTEND THESE UPCOMING AUTHOR EVENTS!

Members will be alerted via email to our special MEET & GREET plans with these authors, which may be an informal lunch, coffee hour, drinks or dinner, depending upon the authors’ schedules. If you are interested in participating, please contact Susan Walker, susan.walker.books@gmail.com, and we will be sure to send  you these MEET & GREET details.

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Monday, August 17

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LANDFALL: A Novel

Forest Avenue Press

Bookstore event:  
7:00-8:30 PM 
Park Road Books 

WNBA MEET & GREET event 
on Tuesday, August 18

— An email with details has been sent to WNBA members. Contact Susan Walker, susan.walker.books@gmail.com, if you need information.

Two mothers and their teenage daughters, whose lives collide in a fatal car crash, take turns narrating Ellen Urbani’s breathtaking novel, Landfall, set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Eighteen-year-olds Rose and Rosebud have never met but they share a birth year, a name, and a bloody pair of sneakers. Rose’s quest to atone for the accident that kills Rosebud, a young woman so much like herself but for the color of her skin, unfolds alongside Rosebud’s battle to survive the devastating flooding in the Lower Ninth Ward and to find help for her unstable mother. These unforgettable characters give voice to the dead of the storm and, in a stunning twist, demonstrate how what we think we know can make us blind to what matters most.

Ellen-Urbani

Ellen Urbani is the author of Landfall (2015, Forest Avenue Press), a work of contemporary historical fiction, and the memoir When I Was Elena (2006, The Permanent Press; a BookSense Notable selection). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and numerous anthologies, and has been widely excerpted. She has reviewed books for The Oregonian, served as a federal disaster/trauma specialist, and has lectured nationally on this topic.

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More author MEET & GREET opportunities and events are coming in September, October, November and beyond! Details will be updated soon and on a regular basis.

Mark your calendar and be sure to attend these upcoming January, February & March meetings!

Upcoming WNBA monthly meetings — be sure to mark your calendar and join us!

More meetings and events information — click here!

 

January 12 — Annual Book Swap and Networking Meeting 
 — location details will be sent to members

Monday, January 12Once_upon_a_wintertime_little_golden_book
7:00 PM
Kristen Knox’s house 

(Members, please watch for a WNBA email  for the address)

MEMBERS ONLY!!

Our president Kristen Knox is hosting our annual WNBA-Charlotte book swap at her house! Use this chance to tidy up your bookshelves, or to clutter them again with ne

This is a members only event!w reads. Bring books to swap out or just to donate to a good cause.

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

See you soon!

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February 17 — “I’m Published, So Now What?”  
Making a Living Writing

A panel discussion hosted jointly with Charlotte Writers’ Club

TUESDAY, February 17Ideas-To-Make-Money-By-Writing
7:00 PM
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

Getting paid to write is a dream come true. Being paid enough to make a living at writing is difficult.

Listen to panelists discuss ways writers can earn more with their words. Panelists, all writers themselves, include a hybrid author, a magazine editor and freelance writer, a Copyblogger employee, and a facilitator of writing workshops and retreats.

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March 7  — Writers’ Showcasecookbook-94df6f8934464c9e1d0e82613ffa6429dddfe80a-s800-c15
      * Plus Potluck Lunch *

SATURDAY, March 7
12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM
Quail Hollow Estates Clubhouse
7301 Quail Meadow Lane, Charlotte, NC, 28210

Join us for a Writers’ Showcase, featuring WNBA-Charlotte members. Select authors will showcase their work and be available for discussion.

This is a potluck event, so please bring a dish to share. Friends and family of members welcome.