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.


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.



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

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!

Kim Boykin Headshot

Park Road Books
Park Road Shopping Center

4139 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 




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.


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.


Monday, August 17

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Forest Avenue Press

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

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 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.



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)


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!



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.



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

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.


The perks of being a WNBA Charlotte member!

Why join the Women’s National Book Association and our Charlotte chapter?  Read what our members have to say about the many benefits of membership – and join us today!

If you’re already a member, and you haven’t renewed and paid your membership dues yet for 2014-2015, now is the time to do this — especially if you want to attend Bibliofeast and buy tickets a the discounted member price!  


Carol Baldwin
WNBA Charlotte Board Member

Author of Teaching the Story, creative writing teacher,
young adult fiction writer

“What do I get out of my WNBA membership? How about one word: Networking.  Ok, ok. I could write a sentence…but that really says it all!” 

Nicole Ayers
WNBA Charlotte Board Member and Events & Programming Co-Chair
Freelance Editor

“I’m so thankful to be included in an organization like WNBA. As an individual new to the book industry, I have been welcomed by intelligent, book loving women. I leave each meeting feeling ready to try new things.”

Read more about why we’re members of WNBA Charlotte!


Attention, WNBA-Charlotte members who are published authors!

Please note this important opportunity from WNBA National for our members who have published books —

One of the features of our WNBA National Board meeting every year is highlighting our WNBA authors in a special display during the meeting. After the meeting, one copy of each author’s book is sent to the Boston Public Library, which archives WNBA authors and displays them on special occasions. This will certainly be a part of our 100th anniversary celebration in 2017, so we want to be sure everyone who has published a book will be represented.

This year the WNBA National Meeting takes place in Nashville on June 8-10. Please send a copy of your book(s) to the national meeting to arrive no later than Friday, June 7 (preferably earlier!) Books can be mailed directly to Mary Grey James, WNBA National Communications Chair, at 2200 Sharondale Dr., Nashville, TN 37215. OR please contact our Charlotte chapter at wnbacharlotte@gmail.com to arrange to have one of our board members take your books by car to Nashville when they go to the National Meeting. You will need to get your books to us by Monday, June 3, at the latest.

Mary Grey will be responsible for setting up the display. If you wish to sell your books at the meeting, you may do so, but you would need to arrange this in advance with our WNBA-Charlotte board members who will be there. Please note that authors themselves are responsible for collecting payment and return shipping. In other words, Mary Grey will ship one copy of each book to Boston, but authors who supply more than one copy are expected to sell and/or return all unsold copies themselves.

We hope to hear from all of our fabulous WNBA authors soon. Thanks in advance!

P.S. — if you are not certain about your current membership status, please contact Membership Chair Carolyn Abiad. You DO need to be a current dues-paid member in order to participate in this opportunity.



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.


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
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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