Charlotte Chapter BOOK CLUB PICKS for 2019-2020

NRGM GGR No DateOctober is National Reading Group Month!  And this month, titles were picked for our next 12 reading group meetups! Chosen from the newest Great Group Reads list. Part of GGR titles are selected by a committee of WNBA Members, on the basis of their appeal to reading groups. They represent timely and provocative topics, from the intimate dynamics of family and personal to major cultural / global issues.

The WNBA-Charlotte GGR Book Club meets the first Tuesday of every month, at Panera Bread in SouthPark.

Mark your calendars and reserve/order the following titles for the following meet ups: 

November 5th: Tomorrow’s Bread by Anna Jean Mayhew (Kensington, TP) African-American History, Historical Fiction, Southern Fiction

December 3rd: Laurentian Divide by Sarah Stonich (Univ. of Minnesota Press, TP) Women’s Fiction, Small Town & Rural Fiction,

January 7th: Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner (Atria, HC) Family Life, Women’s Fiction

February 4th: Southernmost by Silas House (Algonquin Books, TP) Family Life, LGBTQ, Southern History

March 3rd: The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner (Berkeley, HC) Historical/WWII, Women’s Fiction

April 7th: The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek  by Kim Michele Richardson (Sourcebooks, TP) Southern Fiction, Small Town & Rural, Women’s Fiction

May 5th: The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib (St. Martins Press, HC) Women’s Fiction, Family Life, Psychological/Eating Disorders

June 2nd: The Tubman Command: A Novel by Elizabeth Cobbs (Arcade, HC) Civil War, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction

July 7th: Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice (ECW Press, TP) Dystopian Fiction, Native American & Aboriginal

August 4th: All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir  by Nicole Chung (Catapult, HC) Adoption & Fostering, Personal Memoir, Cultural/Ethnic Stories

September 8th: Tonic and Balm by Stephanie Allen (Shade Mountain Press, TP) Fiction, African American Studies, Early 20th Century Fiction

October 6th: Death of A Rainmaker by Laurie Loewenstein (Kaylie Jones Books, TP)Mystery & Detective Series, Historical Fiction

More about Great Group Reads at nationalreadinggroupmonth.org

Summer Reading Preview 2019 from Park Road Books: full list

 

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Park Road Books 2019 Summer Reads Preview

Sally Brewster, owner of Park Road Books, curated a list of must-reads for Summer 2019. Here are 16 titles to get you through this season and beyond!

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (July, $15.00 Pb., Berkley), Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Death and Other Happy Endings by Melanie Cantor (July, $26.00 HC, Pamela Dorman), Contemporary Romance, Domestic Fiction

Deep River by Karl Marlantes (July, $30.00 HC, Atlantic Monthly), Historical Fiction, WWI Fiction

Furious Hours: Murder, Fruad and the Last Hours of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (May, $26.95 HC, Knopf), Biography, True Crime

The Ghosts of Eden Park: the Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder that Shocked Jazz-Age America by Karen Abbott (August, $28.00 HC, Crown), True Crime/Murder, 20th Century History, Biography & Memoir

Hotbox: Inside Catering, the World’s Riskiest Business by Matt & Ted Lee (April, $28.00 HC, Henry Holt), Cooking, Food Writing

In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow (June $26.00 HC, Bloomsbury), Historical Fiction, Southern Fiction

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey (June, $25.99 HC, Tor), Mystery, Suspense, Contemporary Fantasy

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn (June, $26.95 HC, Liveright), Literary Fiction

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev (May $15.99 PB, William Morrow), Contemporary Romance, Domestic Fiction

The Substitution Order by Martin Clark  (July $27.95 HC, Knopf), Thriller, Humorous Fiction, Legal Fiction

The Swallows by Lisa Lutz (August $27.00 HC, Ballantine), Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Fiction, Humorous Fiction

Things you Save In a Fire by Catherine Center (August $26.99 HC, St. Martin’s Press), Domestic Fiction

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger (September $27.00 HC, Atria), Mystery, Historical Fiction

Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald (June $27.00 HC, Random House), Historical Fiction

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig (July $28.99 HC, Delray), Science Fiction, Suspense, Apocalyptic

Find all these books at https://www.parkroadbooks.com

*Attention, self-published authors, PRB offers special discounts for current WNBA-Charlotte members. Go to their stock your books section and learn more.

 

Join us at our Self-Publishing Panel Discussion! Tuesday, November 13, 5:30 PM

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
5:30-7:30 PM  

Morrison Branch
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
7015 Morrison Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28211  

 

Back by popular demand! 

The Queen City’s Literary Scene is thriving! Authors today get published with major houses and small presses, while many have ventured out on their own, selling their craft as well as creating it. It’s a challenge, but possible!

WNBA Charlotte member and editor of Ayers Edits Nicole Ayers will be facilitating an all-star panel with successful self-published authors Catherine Goodman Farley, Kim Love Stump, Bridgett Bell Langson, and Lisa Otter Rose. They’ll be providing tips and tricks and lessons learned! All authors do have a background in writing and publishing in children’s and young adult writing and will provide excellent insight into that, but the event will answer all questions related to the self-publishing journey.  Full bios are listed below.

If you plan to attend, please register here! This event is FREE, but we need to know how many people will be joining us. Thanks!

 

In February 2018, Bridgett Bell Langson published her first book, Finding Home, My Arf-O-Biography, through CreateSpace, but using her own business name, Tale Wag Press. Finding Home was written, revised, and edited innumerable times. Most of this book was based on true stories of her rescued puppy.

Before working as a writer, Bridgett taught children in public schools in North Carolina in both special education resource and elementary classrooms. After several years of teaching, she applied and was selected to participate in the UNC Charlotte Writing Project for teachers. Following this, she continued as a classroom teacher, and also trained other teachers in methods of writing instruction for their students. Bridgett is a member of WNBA, SCBWI, NCWN, and Charlotte Writers’ Club.

Catherine Goodman Farley is a local children’s book author who has independently published two books in her Explore with Mimi series. Mischievous Mimi Explores Seabrook Island (2014) and Mimi Discovers Sullivan’s Island (2017) are adventure stories which share lessons in history, conservation, and faith with children and their families. Her third book in the series is planned for release next spring. Each of her books are co-authored by special children in her life.

As a practicing physical therapist, Catherine enjoys connecting with people, sharing experiences, and all things creative and coastal. Becoming an author has been a serendipitous journey in which she feels quite grateful to experience. She believes that EVERYONE has a beautiful and unique story that can be shared in some fashion to relate to others. Catherine resides in Charlotte with her husband, Trey and three children, Madeline, Mary Catherine, and James. Her website is explorewithmimi.com.

Kim Love Stump has loved to read and write ever since she can remember. While fiction is her first writing love, she has written everything from equity recommendations for a bank trust department to Bible studies. She is also a frequent writer of memoir. Whether a snippet of real life or an intricate fantasyland, Kim loves world-building through words. She shares the real-life world she has created in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband of thirty-plus years.

Kim is the author of A Clearing in the Forest, the first book in the Journeys from Ayrden series, published in 2016. Her personal essay Sounds of Love and Life was published the same year in the book Here in the Middle, edited by Christine Organ and Julie Jo Severson. Izzy Goes to Camp, a multi-plot chapter book published by Zoozil Media, is anticipated to be released in 2019. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the North Carolina Writers’ Network and the Women’s National Book Association – Charlotte Chapter. Find her online at www.kimlovestump.com.

Lisa Otter Rose is a writer, visual journalist, and award-winning author. She appreciates how creativity, determination, and courage play key roles in every child’s development. Like Jamie, the ten-year-old protagonist in her novel, You’ve Got Verve, Jamie Ireland!, Lisa’s now grown children all suffered from undiagnosed learning disabilities. She experienced firsthand the frustration that those undiagnosed learning disorders brought to her children’s early years, and then the relief that the proper diagnosis and intervention offered. Lisa, who has always loved books and knows the power of story, has crafted a funny and realistic character, Jamie Ireland, who defies any label. Lisa lives in North Carolina with her husband, Gary, and Monk-Monk, the sock monkey, a cat, three dogs, and eight chickens. Please visit her on Instagram @LisaOtterRose.

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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Don’t miss our May 9 meeting! Great Summer Reads book recommendations from Sally Brewster!

May 9 —  Great Summer Reads with Sally Brewster, Owner of Park Road Books

Monday, May 91796571_10152225007313856_388153803_n
7 – 9 PM
Park Road Books, Park Road Shopping Center

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!

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Join us Monday, April 11, for our SPRING MEET THE AUTHORS EVENING

April 11 —

Spring Meet the Authors Evening
with Four Carolinas Authors!  

Monday, April 11
7 – 9 PM
Park Road Books  
Park Road Shopping Center
4139 Park Road, Charlotte 28209  

Our April meeting will feature four outstanding authors from the Carolinas, including……

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Taylor Brown, FALLEN LAND
(St. Martin’s Press)   http://www.taylorbrownfiction.com/

Mary Glickman, AN UNDISTURBED PEACE
(Open Road Media)  http://maryglickman.com/

Susan Higginbotham, HANGING MARY
(Sourcebooks Landmark)  http://www.susanhigginbotham.com/

Ashley Warlick, THE ARRANGEMENT
(Viking)  http://www.ashleywarlick.com/

 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 four novelists 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 2016 Meet the Authors Evening, please contact Susan Walker at susan.walker.books@gmail.com or 612-382-5868.  Thanks!

Call for nominations! WNBA 2nd Century Prize! Deadline March 15

WNBA members — please note!

Nominations for the WNBA 2nd Century Prize have been extended through March 15, which is two weeks from Monday, so you still have a few weeks to get that in!

A reminder: The criteria for the prize will be:
–A national nonprofit literacy organization focusing on women and children which actively demonstrates the positive effects and joys derived from reading
–A domestic, not international, organization
–An organization that is accredited and fully vetted to be compatible with the mission of WNBA
–An organization in existence for a minimum of five years at the time of the presentation
–An organization in which the monetary amount of the prize would make a difference to its mission

The nomination form should be sent to Mary Grey James at marygrey@twc.com.

Thank you!!

WNBA Members — Join us for our Annual Book Swap and Networking Meeting! Monday, January 11, 7 PM

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Annual Book Swap
and Networking Meeting

— location details will be sent to members  

Monday, January 11, 7:00 PM
Kristen Knox’s house
(Members, please watch for a WNBA email  for the address or contact Kristen for info)  

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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.

See you soon!

 

Enter WNBA’s Fourth Annual Writing Contest!

Our 2015-2016 Contest is accepting submissions!

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The contest began September 15, 2015

and will end January 15, 2016


Contest winners will be announced May 1, 2016

Questions? Email Contest Chairperson: joan@joangelfand.com

After years of celebrating published authors, extraordinary book women (see our WNBA Award under “Awards”) and others in the field, we are delighted to celebrate emerging writers as well. We are seeking your best work for our national writing contest. Winning entries will be published in a special issue of The Bookwoman, the national newsletter of the WNBA.

Prizes: First place winners each receive a $250 cash prize. Second, third and honorable mentions will be published with the first place winners in the contest edition of The Bookwoman.

DETAILS HERE!

NEW! Author MEET & GREET Special Opportunities for WNBA Members! B.A. Shapiro on November 19!

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND ATTEND THESE UPCOMING AUTHOR EVENTS!

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.

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Thursday, November 19
7:00-8:45 PM

WNBA-Charlotte and Park Road Books
invite you to meet

B.A. Shapiro

Author of

B A ShapiroTHE MURALIST
       &
THE ART FORGER

We’re excited to welcome bestselling novelist B.A. Shapiro 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 B.A. Shapiro, an opportunity for WNBA members only, will precede this public event at Park Road Books.  An email with further information will be sent to members in November. If you’d like to attend this special members’ event, you also may contact Susan Walker at susan.walker.books@gmail.com for more details.          

More author MEET & GREET opportunities and events are coming in the future! Details will be updated on a regular basis.

Muralist 9781616203573_0104e“B. A. Shapiro once again pens the art world into vivid, sensual life. Set during World War II and the dawn of Abstract Expressionism,The Muralist is an intriguing story masterfully imagined about art, war, family, truth, and freedom. If you liked The Art Forger, you’re going to love The Muralist!” —Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice

Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940 amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in Germanoccupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her closeknit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her greatniece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at an auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind recently found works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?

Entwining the lives of both historical and fictional characters, and moving between the past and the present,The Muralist plunges readers into the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the United States. It captures both the inner workings of today’s New York art scene and the beginnings of the vibrant and quintessentially American school of Abstract Expressionism.

Shapiro is a master at telling a riveting story while exploring provocative themes. In Alizée and Danielle she has created two unforgettable women, artists both, who compel us to ask, What happens when luminous talent collides with inexorable historical forces? Does great art have the power to change the world? And to what lengths should a person go to thwart evil?

“B. A. Shapiro’s The Muralist is an expertly constructed, riveting tale of art, politics, love, and consequences in the Depression Era . . . It rings with originality and authenticity. What a compelling read!” —Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins

“I am a great fan of B. A. Shapiro, especially her new novel The Muralist. It is a tantalizing mystery, as well as an involving meditation on the meaning of art over time.” —Scott Turow, author of Identical

Shapiro is the author of the awardwinning New York Times bestseller The Art Forger. She has taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University and lives in Boston with her husband, Dan, and their dog, Sagan. Her website is www.bashapirobooks.com.

HERE’S ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY!
B.A. Shapiro also will appear at Main Street Books in Davidson
at 12 Noon on Thursday, November 19.
If you live in the Lake Norman area, please join us at Main Street Books!