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….

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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!

Join us Monday, April 3, for our annual Spring Meet the Authors Evening!!

April 3 —  

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with Four Outstanding Authors!  

 

Monday, April 3
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Park Road Books   
Park Road Shopping Center
4139 Park Road, Charlotte 28209  

 

Our April meeting features four outstanding authors from the South, plus Ohio, including……

 

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Troylyn Ball
PURE HEART: A SPIRITED TALE OF GRACE, GRIT, AND WHISKEY
(Dey Street Books)  more information

Diane Gilliam
DREADFUL WIND & RAIN
(Red Hen Press)  more information

Nancy Peacock
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF PERSIMMON WILSON
(Atria Books)  more information

Anna Schachner
YOU AND I AND SOMEONE ELSE
(Mercer University Press)  more information

Our special guests will join us for an evening of conversation and refreshments. Each author will speak briefly about her 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 three writers and get signed copies of their new books.

Please DO bring your friends and fellow book club members, too. We want to make sure we greet our guest authors with a large and enthusiastic audience!

If you have questions about our Spring 2017 Meet the Authors Evening, please contact Susan Walker at susan.walker.books@gmail.com or 612-382-5868.  Thanks!

Join WNBA Charlotte and Charlotte Writers’ Club on March 21 for our joint program on Small Press Submissions

SMALL PRESS SUBMISSIONS  

'I figured if you liked the first paragraph I'd go ahead and finish the book.'

‘I figured if you liked the first paragraph I’d go ahead and finish the book.’

A Panel Hosted by 
Women’s National Book Association – Charlotte
and Charlotte Writers’ Club   

Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 PM
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte 28211  

Small presses offer authors another publishing path that’s situated between self-publishing and going the traditional route with a Big 5 publisher. Join WNBA-Charlotte and CWC as we explore the intricacies of working with a small-press publisher in a moderated panel discussion.  A Q&A session will follow the panel. 

Our three panelists will include:

Betsy Teter, Hub City Press, Spartanburg, SC
Elizabeth Turnbull, Light Messages Publishing, Durham, NC
a representative from Press 53, Winston-Salem, NC

We hope to see many WNBA Charlotte members in attendance!

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Come to our February 15 “Art of Reading” Tour and Book Discussion at the Mint Museum Randolph!

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at the Mint Museum Randolph    

Wednesday, February 15   
7:00-8:30 PM   

Mint Museum Randolph   
2730 Randolph Road   
Charlotte, NC 28207   
(704) 337-2000   

‘The Art of Reading’ is a fun new program coming at the Mint Museum Randolph offering book clubs the chance to read a book reflecting a certain period and then take a special tour at the museum highlighting art and artifacts from the book.

The WNBA Great Group Reads Book Club will take a tour at the museum on Wednesday, February 15, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. that celebrates Sue Monk Kidd‘s The Invention of Wings. There’s no charge for admission except reading the book. But, there are only a limited number of available slots so book (pun intended!) your reservation today. Please RSVP to wnbacharlotte@gmail.com. See you there!

Please contact Catherine Jardines at catherine.j.jardines@gmail.com if you have questions or would like more information about this event.

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.

Come to the next Great Group Reads Book Club meeting — Tuesday, January 3, 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 January 3, 2017 meeting is….

26722820THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER
by Phaedra Patrick

(MIRA/Harlequin, HC 978-0778319337)

 In this poignant and sparkling debut, a lovable widower embarks on a life-changing adventure. Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden.

But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam’s possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he’s never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife’s secret life before they met–a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.

Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a curiously charming debut and a joyous celebration of life’s infinite possibilities.phaedra-patrick

Phaedra Patrick studied art and marketing and has worked as a stained glass artist, film festival organiser and communications manager. An award-winning short story writer, she now writes full time. She lives in Saddleworth, UK, with her husband and son. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is her debut novel.

To find out more, please visit:
www.phaedra-patrick.com
www.facebook.com/phaedrapatrick
Twitter @phaedrapatrick

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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.

For more information and to see our list of books we’re reading this year, go to our Great Group Reads Book Club page.

 

WORDS WITHOUT BORDERS — Join us Monday, November 14, for this fascinating program!

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A Discussion with
Writer Andrew Rusnak  

Monday, November 14  
7:00-8:30 PM  
Park Road Books     

Virtual reality has become a thing…and it can help you become a better writer! Understanding the literacy impacts of immersive virtual reality when it comes to other cultures is important, especially when looking at working with international clients. When you can interact in real-time with people across the world, you can bridge gaps that were previously guarded by deep waters, and you can become a student and a teacher at the same time.

This discussion will focus on using virtual reality tools in new and different ways in the literacy field, to interact with individuals in different cultures and backgrounds. Gain advice from expert Andrew Rusnak on working with international clients, non-English speakers, and more.

The truth is that the Internet has brought all of us closer together than ever before, and virtual reality technologies are simply one more step in the ever-present quest for connectivity, understanding, and the ability to preserve and promote literacy across the planet.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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By most accounts, Andrew Rusnak is a pretty cool dude. In 2010, he decided to venture out into the wilderness of words and become a freelance writer. Since then, he’s concocted thousands of pieces of content for entities such as eBay, Sears, K-Mart, Greater Charlotte Biz Magazine, and about a bazillion other companies (fun fact: Microsoft Word recognizes the word “bazillion”).

Currently, he resides in Lancaster, SC, and despite being awesome all day, he is humbly learning how to be a dad with the help of his beautiful wife Christina.