National Poetry Month 2020: Los Angeles 2025 by Sarah Archer

For National Poetry Month 2020, we present the Poetry and prose from our Members.

Los Angeles, 2025
by Sarah Archer 

The car door parts for you like lips.
All night this vessel has sketched a silver web
over the contained chaos of L.A., taking fares like lovers.
You are not the only one this hour, or on this corner;
a queue of feet bisects the block,
each pair’s face lit by its hand’s cool, compartmentalized glow.

Each man to machine neatly assigned,
algorithmic fate, calculated invisibly in the emptiness above your heads,
triangulated in the stars.
Yours murmurs you down the street on a current and a spell.

The city is gussied up tonight:
the street signs slick and skinny, the all-night
donuts awning hot, tawdry pink. Bars wink
from the strings of unlit storefronts like gold
in a fortune teller’s bow of teeth.
A rare recent rain has slicked motor oil to the skin
of the asphalt.  It glimmers off the curves
of Melrose like the tips of cigarettes.
Each scene flames out in a frame.

And everywhere the cars are streaming, gliding,
they zip perfectly around parabolas as if magnetized to a track,
they are clean as needles, dazzling in their voltaic wills,
they are everyone’s and no one’s,
they conceal us.

It feels good to own nothing,
you are pure, sanitary, as empty as a reflection.
You leave nothing but air.

Sarah Archer’s first novel, The Plus One was published in July 2019, by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Follow Sarah on Twitter @SarahArcherM

 

National Poetry Month 2020: Trolls by Sarah Thompson

For National Poetry Month 2020, we present the Poetry and prose from our Members.

TROLLS
by Sarah Thompson

A troll controls my backpack
So that he can hitch a ride.
He should be guarding bridges,
But he says he’s occupied.


My troll demands a pittance
Every time I crack the top.
My back will break from pennies
If this troll won’t ever stop.


He eats my pens and pencils
Like my school supplies are snacks.
He dines on work for math class;
All that work I won’t get back!


He tears the strings from string cheese
When he breaks into my lunch.
He likes to drain my thermos
Of hot soup or icy punch.


He’s got to leave my book bag;
I won’t change my mind a smidge.
Rude trolls are not for backpacks . . .


Do you maybe have a bridge?

–from Sarah Thompson’s book Yard Art, A Collection of Children’s Poetry (Missing Goat Press, January 2020). Illustrated by Bree Stallings.
Follow Sarah Thompson on Twitter @authorFT

Join us March 9th for our Spring “Meet the Authors” Evening

park road books picJoin us for our
Spring Meet the Authors Evening
Monday, March 9th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
at 
Park Road Books
4139 Park Rd, Charlotte

Join us for an evening of conversation with three prominent, southern-based authors, invited by the chapter.

(Author Bios & Book Summaries, click here)

 

Abigail DeWitt, author of News of Our Loved Ones (Harper Perennial TP)

 

 

 

 

 

Donna Everhart, author of The Moonshiners Daughter (Kensington, TP)

 

 

 

 

 

 Susan Beckham Zurenda, author of Bells for Eli (Mercer University Press HC)

 

 

Each will speak briefly about their new novels, then give opportunity for one-on-one questions and discussion.

We’ll have wine, refreshments, and a chance to mingle with the authors as well! For more info or questions, contact Susan Walker, susan.walker.books@gmail.com 

 

Book Club Meetup, Tuesday, February 4th

E43301A3-1323-474B-BC4E-336EBA2E21E9Come and discuss Southernmost by Silas House (Algonquin, TP) 
Tuesday, February 4, 7:00pm
AMELIE’S BAKERY (updated!) 4321 Park Road., Charlotte, NC.

Synopsis: An evangelical minister in Tennessee reexamining his beliefs and teachings finds himself at odds with his congregation and his wife over the issue of homosexuality in this soul-searching novel about tolerance, family, right versus wrong, and forgiveness.

All are welcome to attend, to give your input or learn about a new book to read!

😊 📚 All titles for our bookclub are selected from WNBA’s Great Group Reads List.
Interested in knowing more about that committee? Contact Kristen Knox, KKnox.NatlReadingGrpMonth@gmail.com

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

Self-Publishing Panel — FREE!   wnba1917-2017


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!