Writing Nonfiction to Move Your Message Forward (Tues., 11/10 at 7pm)

Join us for our annual self-publishing program, featuring regional authors, who are award-winning  speakers and businesswomen.

Writing Nonfiction to Move Your Message Forward

 

Tuesday, November 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Online Via Zoom  RSVP HERE

Panelists include:

  • Carolina  Aponte (Pave Your Own Way: 13 Skills to Create Your Own Success) is the CEO of Caja Holdings, a full-service accounting and bookkeeping firm in Indian Trail, NC. She is the current President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Charlotte.  Awards include the 2012 La Noticia Latin American Businesswoman Award, the 2017 NAWBO Charlotte Rising Star Award, the 2019 Mecklenburg Times Phenoms, and the Mecklenburg Times “50 Most Influential Women Class of 2020.” Follow her on Instagram @Carolinainbiz

  • Carla A. Carlisle ( Journey To The Son, An Unconventional Quest of Mother and Son to Love, Light and Hope) is a child and mental healthcare advocate. She is also Head of Technology for a global financial services company. Prior to moving to Charlotte, she worked in Washington, D.C as a federal employee for the FBI and U.S. Senate. She also served as a government consultant with expertise in strategic communications, project and program management, and change management. She is a co-mentor for her company’s IT Women’s Council Mentoring Group Program. She was also the inaugural chair of a new Employee Resource Group, and on the board of Girl Talk Foundation, Inc. Follow her on Instagram @carlaacarlisle

  • Shamyra Parker (Boundless by Birthright: Inspirational Journal) is the Founder and Chief Well-Being Officer (CWO) of Born Boundless International. She’s a self-care advocate and educator who gives Black women, in leadership positions, a mental makeover by showing them how to make self-care non-negotiable so they are emotionally whole and no longer suffering in silence. A Charlotte native, Shamyra is the author of four books, has 10+ years of corporate sales and marketing experience and five years in health and wellness outreach. She facilitates workshops, courses, and professional development with the urgent message that not making yourself a priority has a price tag. Follow her on Instagram @shamyraparker

  • Fabi Preslar (Fabulous F Words of Business Ownership; President of Spark Publications) is the owner and president of SPARK Publications, a national, award-winning, independent publishing firm specializing in the design of niche magazines, and non-fiction books for print, digital, and interactive media. Preslar has been honored as a 2020 FOLIO: Top Women in Media, was inducted into the 2019 North Carolina Women Business Owners Hall of Fame, and was awarded the 2018 First-Generation Family Business of the Year by the Charlotte Business Journal. SPARK Publications celebrates 22 years in business. Learn more at SPARKpublications.com and FabiPreslar.com.

  • Nicole C. Ayers–Moderator (Love Notes to My Body; Owner of Ayers Edits)is the owner of Ayers Edits. Editing is her dream job because she gets to combine her love of reading with the fun of wordplay. In addition to providing developmental editing and line editing services, she creates online courses, including one all about commas. Nicole is able to empathize with her clients because she’s also an award-winning author of Love Notes to My Body and its body-positive companion books Follow her writing journey on Instagram at @nicoleayers.

ATTENDEE PRIZES One lucky attendee will win a”Get your Book Published” strategy session by SPARK Publications. Fabi Preslar (President, SPARK Publications) will take you through mindset and strategy towards getting your book published, in a one-on-one Zoom session. This also includes a video introduction and workbook to customize and independently publish your book. A $500 value!!

 

Join us at Mugs on October 28th


Chapter Members, join us LIVE for our
GREAT GROUP READS BOOKCLUB MEETUP

Wednesday, October 28th, 7:00pm
Mugs Coffee, 5126 Park Rd, Charlotte

 

Please rsvp if you wish to attend.

RSVP HERE

Great Group Reads List 

 

Our first live event since March, we are getting together to pick the book club choices for December 2020 to September 2021. GGR Chair Kristen Knox will give an informative run-down of the newest Great Group reads list, which will be the basis of all titles for the calendar. We’ll decide what books to read and when.

 

WHAT IS GREAT GROUP READS?
Great Group Reads (GGR) is an initiative started by WNBA National in 2009. Books chosen are a resource for book clubs, reading groups, bookstores and libraries.

Titles for GGR are selected on the basis of their appeal to reading groups for whom they are certain to open up lively conversations about an array of timely and provocative topics. The Selection Committee focuses attention on under-represented books from independent presses and mid- list releases from larger houses. Titles were submitted by over 100 publishers–20 books were chosen.


WHAT ARE THE 2020 TITLES?

There were 20 titles selected, in the genres of fiction, short stories and memoir. The following is the exact list, to see descriptions, go to the 2020 GGR PAGE on the national website, or the WNBA Bookshop page  

 

Anna Eva Mimi Adam by Marina Antropow Cramer
The Beauty of Her Face by Sahar Mustafah
The Bitch
by Pilar Quintana, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
Continental Divide by Alex Myers
The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
Godshot by Chelsea Bieker
Goshen Road by Bonnie Proudfoot
The Hierarchies by Ros Anderson
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
In Our Midst
by Nancy Jensen
Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith
The Last Goldfish by Anita Lahey
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
The Prettiest Star 
by Carter Sickels
The Road to Urbino by Roma Tearne
The Royal Abduls by Ramiza Shamoun Koya
Tea By the Sea by Donna Hemans
Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify by Carolyn Holbrook
The Wanting Life by Mark Rader
Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

 

I LOVE READING! HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT JOINING THE COMMITTEE? Contact GGR Chair Kristen Knox, at KKnox.NatlReadingGrpMonth@gmail.com  *Note, you must be a full-paid up Member to serve.

To attend the October 28th meetup, or give your picks, click here.

JOIN or RENEW by Sept. 21 (updated), and be entered in our booksellers raffle!

Members who join or renew by September 21st (updated :D), will be entered to win one of six $30.00 gift card from these Charlotte, NC booksellers! 

BOOK BUYERS, (Plaza Midwood), used books of all genres.

HEROES AREN’T HARD TO FIND (Elizabeth), comics, graphic novels, manga, specialty items, and collecting supplies.

MAIN STREET BOOKS  (Davidson), full service independent bookstore

PARK ROAD BOOKS (South Park), full-service independent bookstore

SHELVES BOOKSTORE, (Charlotte Metro-Area), mobile pop-up /online store featuring multicultural titles

THAT’S NOVEL, (Camp North End), used books, plus new books from select local authors

It’s our way of saying “Thank You” for your valued, important support at this time!  

Join or renew here! Thank You and Stay Safe!

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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National Poetry Month: Covid-19 by NC Weil

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

COVID-19
by NC Weil
Coronavirus is the new malaria
Invisible contagion in a sneeze,
An end to sociability and ease,
Undercurrent of some new hysteria.
Hoping that this new threat doesn’t bury ya
You twitch and start at every cough and wheeze,
Praying this is not the dread disease –
Hospital reports are very scary, yeah!
Seeking to be safe, we wear our masks
And grocery shop in one-use latex gloves
Staying in, reordering our tasks,
Zooming visits to our distant loves.
We’ll get through this together, being kind,
The greater good the forefront of our mind.

 

NC Weil (WNBA-DC Chapter) is a writer and author of the novels Karmafornia and Superball (Fool Court Press, 2016). Follow her blog at http://aestheticpoint.blogspot.com

National Poetry Month: My Mother’s Left Hand by Linda Vigen Phillips

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

MY MOTHER’S LEFT HAND
by Linda Vigen Phillips

She never once raised it to me, to attempt discipline.

The ugly rash on her wrist required constant scratching.

She applied cream and sat in her chair.

She was still able to light up.

That left three fingers for scratching.

I sat at her feet.

They itched sometimes, too.

Can you play?

Not now.

Oh.

 

Linda is the author of two Young Adult novels-in-verse: Behind These Hands (Light Messages, 2018) and Crazy (Eerdmans, 2014),  Follow her on Twitter @LVigenPhillips

 

National Poetry Month: Crow’s Feet by Nicole C. Ayers

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

 

Crow’s Feet

by Nicole C. Ayers

(Illustration by Mica Gadhia)

 

Thank you for reflecting my life’s joys to the world. I love the idea that my smiles and laughter create creases that hold happiness in my eyes so I may “see” it. Some people call you laugh lines, and while I like that too, I like crow’s feet more. Crows are so intelligent, and they love shiny treasures. I like thinking I’m wise enough to find my treasure in joy. Love, ME

 

 

Dear Crow’s Feet

 

Nicole’s Love Notes collection is a trio of essays, inspirational prose, and a guided journal for the reader. They include Love Notes to My Body, Love Letters to My Body: Writing My Way to (Self-), and Writing Your Way to (Self-)Love: A Guided Journal To Help You Love Your Body, One Part at a Time. Visit her at www.nicolecayers.com And follow Mica on Twitter @MicaGadhia

National Poetry Month 2020: Contagion by Linda Vigen Phillips

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

CONTAGION
by Linda Vigen Phillips

I can smell the poetry

in the air

everywhere, and be careful

it is contagious.

I explored the streets without cover

and oh my,

I did discover things without

and within.

Wisteria grabbed my nose

on a walk

usually brisk, but now the gift of time

demands my attention, a twist.

A disturbance overhead, I hear

two hawks

frenzied by two ravens

too curious about the nest.

Squirrels, always squirrely

can be ignored

but wait, a symphony

inside my head choreographs their dance.

I came down with it,

the poetry.

An infectious smile

invades my languid soul.

Linda is the author of two Young Adult novels-in-verse: Behind These Hands (Light Messages, 2018) and Crazy (Eerdmans, 2014),  Follow her on Twitter @LVigenPhillips

 

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