Come to our SPRING MEET THE AUTHORS EVENING! Monday, April 9, 7 PM

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Monday, April 9, 2018
7:00 – 8:30 PM    

Park Road Books  
4139 Park Road (Park Road Shopping Center)  

Charlotte, NC 28209   

Save the date for our annual SPRING MEET THE AUTHORS EVENING featuring five prominent authors. Our special guests will join us for an evening of conversation and refreshments. Each author will speak briefly about her or his book, and there will be plenty of opportunity for one-on-one questions and discussion. Park Road Books will sell books. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet these five writers and get signed copies of their new books!

WNBA members and friends, book clubs and reading groups,
and all avid readers are welcome!

Our outstanding guest authors include:

  • Charlotte, North Carolina writer Kimmery Martin, THE QUEEN OF HEARTS, Berkley Publishing Group/Penguin Random House. Martin is also a physician.

  • Alan Michael Parker, CHRISTMAS IN JULY, Dzanc Books. Parker is the Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College.

  • Mark Powell, SMALL TREASONS, Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster. Powell teaches at Appalachian State University in Boone.

  • Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff, RED HOT MAMA: THE LIFE OF SOPHIE TUCKER, University of Texas Press. Sklaroff is an associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina.

  • Michele Young-Stone, LOST IN THE BEEHIVE, Simon & Schuster. Novelist Stone lives on the Outer Banks.

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Download a copy of our event flyer here.

Questions?  Please contact Susan Walker at susan.walker.books@gmail.com or 612-382-5868.

Check out the “Self-Publishing Panel” this Wed (11/7)

Join us for an evening with successful self-published authors to learn about their journey and what they learned along the way. Moderated by Nicole Ayers, owner and editor of Ayers Edits, members will hear from Mary Jane Capps, a young adult novelist, and Jennifer Ruff, a psychological suspense novelist. Come hear their lessons learned to help make your journey smoother! Join us at Levine Jewish Community Center, Room A110 (5007 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226). 

Join 11/7 Book Club and Author Bren McClain

Author Bren McClain has graciously agreed to join our book club discussion of her book, “One Good Mama Bone” at 7:30pm to talk with members and answer questions. Don’t miss this exclusive access! Join us from 7-9pm at the Panera in South Park (5940 Fairview Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210)!

BIBLIOFEAST 2017 is Monday, October 16! Save the date!!

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BIBLIOFEAST 2017
A Literary “Moveable Feast”

WNBA Charlotte’s 8th Annual
Book & Author Dinner

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of
National Reading Group Month

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ONLINE TODAY!
Ticket deadline EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 12 – must be purchased in advance!

WHEN:  Monday evening, October 16, 2017  /  6:00-9:00 PM

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

WHAT:  A “moveable 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 and local book-related charitable organizations

  • Tickets $60/person. NEW THIS YEAR! If you’re a current 2017-2018 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, earn $20 in rebates! (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).
    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 1.

  • Tickets must be purchased in advance — DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 12!

  • 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 8thannual BIBLIOFEAST book and author dinner in celebration of WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.  Our very successful 2016 BIBLIOFEAST highlighted 10 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 2017:

Jodi Lynn Anderson, MIDNIGHT AT THE ELECTRIC, HarperCollins

Sarah Creech, THE WHOLE WAY HOME, William Morrow

Sebastian Matthews, BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO A HEAD-ON COLLISION, Red Hen Press

Bren McClain, ONE GOOD MAMA BONE,
Story River Books/The University of South Carolina Press

Jim Minick, FIRE IS YOUR WATER, Ohio University Press

Michel Stone, BORDER CHILD, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday

Caitlin Hamilton Summie, TO LAY TO REST OUR GHOSTS, Fomite

Leah Weiss, IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE, Sourcebooks

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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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Self Publishing Panel – Panelists Announced

Join us for an evening with successful self-published authors to learn about their journey and what they learned along the way. Moderated by Nicole Ayers, owner and editor of Ayers Edits, members will hear from Mary Jane Capps, a young adult novelist, and  Jennifer Ruff, a psychological suspense novelist. Come hear their lessons learned to help make your journey smoother. Full details on the Chapter Meeting/Events page.

UPDATED DATE – Annual Fall Social & Networking Meeting – Monday, September 18

Due to Hurricane Irma’s expected impacts on the Charlotte area, our Annual Fall Social & Networking Meeting will be POSTPONED. It will be held on the following Monday, September 18. All other details are the same – 7-9pm at Rock Salt in Park Road Shopping Center. Hope to see you all there!

2017-2018 Calendar of Events Now Available

We’re excited to kickoff the 2017/2018 year! Join or renew and check out our full list of this year’s events, starting with our annual Fall Social Networking Meeting.

Join us Monday, September 11, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Rock Salt (512 Brandywine Road, Charlotte, NC 28209, Back lot of Park Road Shopping Center)

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!

Come to the next Great Group Reads Book Club meeting — Tuesday, June 6, 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 June 6 meeting is….


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by Sarah Schulman

Feminist Press at CUNY
Trade Paperback 978-1558619043

A modern retelling of Balzac’s classic Cousin Bette by one of America’s most prolific and significant writers. Earl, a black, gay actor working in a meatpacking plant, and Bette, a white secretary, have lived next door to each other in the same Greenwich Village apartment building for thirty years. Shamed and disowned by their families, both found refuge in New York and in their domestic routine. Everything changes when Hortense, a wealthy young actress from Ohio, comes to the city to “make it.” Textured with the grit and gloss of midcentury Manhattan, The Cosmopolitans is a lush, inviting read. The truths it frames about the human need for love and recognition remain long after the book is closed.

Sarah Schulman is a longtime AIDS and queer activist, and a cofounder of the MSarah SchulmanIX Festival and the ACT UP Oral History Project. She is a playwright and the author of seventeen books, including the novels The Mere Future, Shimmer, Rat Bohemia, After Delores, and People in Trouble, as well as nonfiction works such as The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life during the Reagan/Bush Years, Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, and Stagestruck: Theater, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay America. She is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at The City University of New York, College of Staten Island.

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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)

Come to the next Great Group Reads Book Club meeting — Tuesday, May 2, 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 May 2 meeting is….

25810633THIS IS YOUR LIFE, HARRIET CHANCE!
by Jonathan Evison 
(Algonquin Books, TP 978-1616206017)

With her husband Bernard now in the grave, seventy-nine-year-old Harriet Chance sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise only to discover through a series of revelations that she’s been living the past sixty years of her life under entirely false pretenses. There, amid the buffets and lounge singers, between the imagined appearance of her late husband and the very real arrival of her estranged daughter midway through the cruise, Harriet is forced to take a long look back, confronting the truth about pivotal events that changed the course of her life.

Jonathan Evison—bestselling author of West of Here, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, and All About Lulu—has crafted a bighearted novel with a supremely endearing heroine at its center. Through Harriet, he paints a bittersweet portrait of a postmodern everywoman with great warmth, humanity, and humor. Part dysfunctional love story, part poignant exploration of the mother/daughter relationship, nothing is what it seems in this tale of acceptance, reexamination, forgiveness, and, ultimately, healing. It is sure to appeal to admirers of Evison’s previous work, as well as fans of such writers as Meg Wolitzer, Junot Diaz, and Karen Joy Fowler.

Jonathan Evison is an American writer whose debut novel All About Lulu was published in 2008 toJonathan Evison critical acclaim, including the Washington State Book Award. In 2009, Evison was awarded a Richard Buckley Fellowship from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. A second novel, West of Here, was released in February 2011 from Algonquin. Editor Chuck Adams (Water for Elephants, A Reliable Wife, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England) has called West of Here the best novel he’s worked on in over four decades of publishing. Evison’s critically acclaimed novels also include The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving (2012) and This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance (2015).

In his teens, Evison was the founding member and frontman of the Seattle punk band March of Crimes, which included future members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.  Born in San Jose, California, he now lives on an island in Western Washington.

http://www.westofherethebook.com/

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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!