A Statement From The WNBA National Board (June 2020)

Our country has been shaken over the past few weeks and months. Racial injustice, a global pandemic, and widespread economic concerns have all reached a tipping point. People are angry, frightened, and hurting. 

The Women’s National Book Association stands with those mourning the senseless killing of George Floyd and the countless other Black lives lost needlessly. We join the voices calling for change, and we call on the members of the WNBA to support one another in a shared fight to end racism, injustice, and inequity.

 

We support those who speak out against racial injustice and those who tell their stories. Silence is not an option. Inactivity is not an option. Ignorance is not an option. While reading a book will not magically solve the problems of the world, it is a place to start. When we read, we learn, we grow, and we think. We become more empathetic. As booklovers,we believe in the power of the written word to spark change. And change needs to happen.

 

Reading about racism, prejudice, bigotry, and hate gives us a foundation. The more we know, the better we can recognize and fight injustice. Reading books by people of color — especially women of color — allows us to not only support them but also amplify their voices.

 

Our association was founded on the principle of inclusivity. It is in the WNBA’s DNA to support people dismissed by those in power. Our tagline states our purpose clearly: Connecting, educating, advocating, and leading since 1917. The Women’s National Book Association will continue to connect, educate, advocate, and lead as we strive to provide a safe and inclusive community for booklovers. We recognize that the work is ongoing. As long as people are still angry, afraid, and hurting, we will keep fighting.

 

We urge our WNBA community to listen. Learn. Think. Empathize. Act. By joining together in the fight for justice, by actively promoting diversity and inclusivity, and by using our voices to call for change, we can make a positive difference.

Sincerely,

The Women’s National Book Association Board

Visit our Readers Against Racism list on Bookshop.

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Join us at the next Great Group Reads Book Club meeting — Tuesday, February 5, at 7 PM!

Come out and discuss Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, My True Story by Irene Butter (White River Press). 

shore upon shoreFrom the publisher’s website summary: Irene’s pappi fought to save his family in Holland, during the holocaust. By January 1945, her family is struggling to survive a death camp. Irene tends her ailing parents, cares for starving kids, and even helps bring clothes to her Amsterdam neighbor Anne Frank, before her family is offered a singular chance for freedom…providing the Nazi doctor says they are healthy enough. After two weeks of heart-lifting miracles and heart-breaking tragedies, Irene arrives in the Algerian desert to journey into redemption and womanhood, without her parents or brother. This first person memoir is an account of how the heart keeps its common humanity in the most inhumane and turbulent of times. Irene’s hard-earned lessons are a timeless inspiration.

Tuesday, February 5th, 7:00-8:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

A selection from the 2018 National Reading Group Month’s Great Group Reads (list)

Then, join us also on March 5th, as we discuss The Lido by Libby Page (Simon & Schuster). Same time & Location.

 

 

 

 

 

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
.

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!!

 

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!

Meet & Greet Award-Winning North Carolina Author Joyce Hostetter

— What:  An informal gathering to meet and talk with Joyce.  Joyce’s books will be available for purchase and autographs; checks or cash please.  Refreshments Provided.  

— When:  April 19 from 4-5 PM, 6:30-8 PM

— Who: Teachers, Students, Media Specialists, Writers  and Readers

— Where: Carol Baldwin’s home.  Email Carol at cbaldwin6@carolina.rr.com for information and directions.

Joyce ’s multi-award winning novel, BLUE retells the story of North Carolina’s 1944 polio epidemic. The sequel, COMFORT explores the after-effects of polio and war. HEALING WATER is the story of a 13 year-old boy banished to Hawaii’s leprosy settlement in 1869.  Visit Joyce on the web at www.joycemoyerhostetter.com or www.joycemoyerhostetter.blogspot.com.

Joyce has worked with children in a variety of settings – public school, camp, church, and homeschool groups. She lives with her husband in Hickory where they enjoy their 2 adult children and 7 grandchildren. Click here to view book trailers for BLUE [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxF3U7NKTIs&feature=youtu.be] and COMFORT  [ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB-yFFS5QyU&feature=youtu.be ]  that her daughter Wendy Hostetter Davis created.  

For more information, please contact Carol Baldwin, http://www.carolbaldwinblog.blogspot.com