National Poetry Month: Crow’s Feet by Nicole C. Ayers

For National Poetry Month 2020, we present the poetry and prose from our Members.

 

Crow’s Feet

by Nicole C. Ayers

(Illustration by Mica Gadhia)

 

Thank you for reflecting my life’s joys to the world. I love the idea that my smiles and laughter create creases that hold happiness in my eyes so I may “see” it. Some people call you laugh lines, and while I like that too, I like crow’s feet more. Crows are so intelligent, and they love shiny treasures. I like thinking I’m wise enough to find my treasure in joy. Love, ME

 

 

Dear Crow’s Feet

 

Nicole’s Love Notes collection is a trio of essays, inspirational prose, and a guided journal for the reader. They include Love Notes to My Body, Love Letters to My Body: Writing My Way to (Self-), and Writing Your Way to (Self-)Love: A Guided Journal To Help You Love Your Body, One Part at a Time. Visit her at www.nicolecayers.com And follow Mica on Twitter @MicaGadhia

National Poetry Month 2020: Contagion by Linda Vigen Phillips

For National Poetry Month 2020, we present the poetry and prose from our Members.

CONTAGION
by Linda Vigen Phillips

I can smell the poetry

in the air

everywhere, and be careful

it is contagious.

I explored the streets without cover

and oh my,

I did discover things without

and within.

Wisteria grabbed my nose

on a walk

usually brisk, but now the gift of time

demands my attention, a twist.

A disturbance overhead, I hear

two hawks

frenzied by two ravens

too curious about the nest.

Squirrels, always squirrely

can be ignored

but wait, a symphony

inside my head choreographs their dance.

I came down with it,

the poetry.

An infectious smile

invades my languid soul.

Linda is the author of two Young Adult novels-in-verse: Behind These Hands (Light Messages, 2018) and Crazy (Eerdmans, 2014),  Follow her on Twitter @LVigenPhillips

 

Fall Kick-Off & Networking Party

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Please join us at our

Annual Fall Kick-Off & Networking Party

Monday, September 9, 2019
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Rock Salt, 512 Brandywine Road (Park Road Shopping Center), Charlotte

RSVP

Join us for great conversation over good wine at our annual fall get together! Rendezvous with your fellow WNBA Charlotte members over wine, cocktails and light bites. If you’re a new or potential member, come and meet everyone!

Find out what’s ahead for 2019-20, including our big Bibliofeast fundraiser, bookclub meetings and panels.

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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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….

 

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.

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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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