Join WNBA Charlotte and Charlotte Writers’ Club on March 21 for our joint program on 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!


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!


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)

(Open Road Media)

Susan Higginbotham, HANGING MARY
(Sourcebooks Landmark)


 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 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

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:

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.


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.


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,, and we will be sure to send  you these MEET & GREET details.


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

WNBA-Charlotte and Park Road Books
invite you to meet

B.A. Shapiro

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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 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

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!

Mark your calendar for November 17! Come to our WNBA & CWC panel: “I’m Published, So Now What? Making a Living Writing

I’m Published, So Now What?  Making a Living Writing

A Panel Hosted by Ideas-To-Make-Money-By-Writing
Women’s National Book Association – Charlotte
and Charlotte Writers’ Club

Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 PM

Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte

Getting paid to write is a dream come true. Being paid enough to make a living at writing is difficult. Listen to panelists discuss ways writers can earn more with their words. Panelists, all writers themselves, include a hybrid author, a magazine editor and freelance writer, a Copyblogger employee, and a facilitator of writing workshops and retreats.  Please join us!

Meet our panelists —

Alice Osborn:

Alice Osborn’s past educational and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as a poet, as well as a speaker, an editor-for-hire and a popular writing coach. In the past decade, Alice has taught classes and writing workshops to thousands of aspiring authors of nearly all ages from 9 to 90 both around the corner and internationally. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry; previous collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street Rag. A North Carolina Writers’ Network board member and a Pushcart Prize nominee, she has published work in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. When she’s not editing or writing, Alice is an Irish dancer who plays guitar and violin. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, two children and four very messy and loud birds. Visit Alice’s website at

Renee Roberson:

Renee Roberson is an award-winning freelance writer and former editor of Little Ones Magazine. Her work regularly appears in Lake Norman CURRENTS and she also assists Charlotte Parent with writing and editing projects. Renee works alongside authors seeking book promotion as a Blog Tour Manager with WOW! Women on Writing and judges flash fiction entries as part of WOW’s quarterly fiction contests. In 2009, her magazine article “Alternative Treatments for Autism,” received first place honors in the magazine feature article category in the Annual Writer’s Digest Competition. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication with a minor in women’s studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Renee resides in Huntersville, N.C. with her husband and two children.

Mica Gadhia:

Mica Gadhia once received a check for $4.00 from Yahoo Groups for an article she wrote about Charlotte, NC and all of the great places to see here. Not only that, she works for one of the coolest companies on the planet, Rainmaker Digital (formerly Copyblogger Media). She is the Affiliate Manager for StudioPress themes (how to make money). She edits some of the transcripts (learns the latest content marketing tools). Mica helps answer inquiries to the Rainmaker Digital helpdesk (types a lot of emails to awesome people who need help). Also, she is the customer liaison for the Certified Writers through Rainmaker Digital’s Authority program (gets to know lots of cool people just like you). She’s energetic, laughs a lot, and in her spare time she paints pink and purple cows and raises her two favorite people in the world, her two boys Michael and Mason.

Karon Luddy:

Karon Luddy is the author of the novel Spelldown, published by Simon and Schuster, which earned starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly as well as the Parents’ Choice Silver award. Clemson University Digital Press published Wolf Heart, her first poetry book. Bewilderment of Boys, her second novel and sequel to Spelldown, was published in 2014. Kirkus Reviews described it as “a charmingly perceptive follow-up that should appeal to both teenagers and adults.” In 2001, The Charlotte Writers’ Club awarded Karon the Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Award for her story which began with a quirky observation: “The days of the week sounded two thousand times more interesting spelled backwards: Yadnus. Yadnom. Yadseut. Yadsendew. Yadsruht.Yadirf. Yadrutas.” Receiving this recognition from CWC emboldened Luddy as a writer—and she transformed the winning story into the first chapter of her first novel. She also earned her MFA in Creative Writing and began teaching at UNC Charlotte as well as conducting writing retreats and creativity workshops. Karon lives in Charlotte with her husband Tom. Visit her facebook page at


Come to the next WNBA Great Group Reads Book Club meeting! Tuesday, November 3, 7 PM

We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we take the list of 2015 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month. Starting in November, we’ll be reading books from the new 2015 Great Group Reads list.  See below!

Our book for our November  meeting is….

Dietland 9780544373433_0b363DIETLAND
by Sarai Walker

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

“Witty and wise.”—People

“A giddy revenge fantasy that will shake up your thinking and burrow under  your  skin, no matter its size.”—Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A)

“Sarai Walker deftly marries body insecurities and humor in her satirical debut.”—US Weekly

“Finally, the feminist murder mystery/makeover story we’ve been waiting for.”—O, The Oprah Magazine

“Walker’s first novel leaves chick lit in the pixie dust.”—New York Magazine

The diet revolution is here. And it’s armed.

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. Or mocked. Or worse. With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls’ magazine, she is biding her time until her weightloss surgery. Only then can her true life as a thin person finally begin.

But when Plum notices she’s being followed by a mysterious woman in colorful tights and combat boots, she finds herself falling down a rabbit hole into the world of Calliope House, a community of women who live life on their own terms. Reluctant but intrigued, Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a dangerous guerilla group begins to terrorize a world that misSarai Walkertreats women, and as Plum grapples with her own personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.

Part coming of age story, part revenge fantasy, Dietland is a bold, original, and funny debut novel that takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight loss obsession—from the inside out, and with fists flying.

SARAI WALKER received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Bennington College. Her magazine articles have appeared in national publications, including Seventeen and Mademoiselle. She subsequently served as an editor and writer for Our Bodies, Ourselves, before moving to London and Paris to complete a Ph.D. She currently lives in the Southwest. Dietland is her first novel.


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


Here are the books we’ll be reading in 2015-2016!

November 3 — Dietland by Sarai Walker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

December 1 — All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (McSweeny’s)

January 5 — Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell (Maiden Lane Press)

February 2 — Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim (Crown)

 March 1 — Landfall by Ellen Urbani (Forest Avenue Press)

April 5  — The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton (Grand Central Publishing)

May 3 — Henna House by Nomi Eve (Scribner)

June 7 — Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade (William Morrow)

July 5 — The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora (Grove Press)

August 2 — Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jeannine Capó Crucet (St. Martin’s Press)

September 6 — Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg (Gallery Books/Scout Press)

October 4 — No. 4 Imperial Lane by Jonathan Weisman (Twelve)


Come to the next WNBA Great Group Reads Book Club meeting! Tuesday, August 4, 7 PM


We have a terrific book club in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we’re taking the list of 2014 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.

Our book for our August 4 meeting is….

EUPHORIA Euphoria paperback 9780802123701_2765d
by Lily King
Grove Press paperback

A New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the 2014 Kirkus Prize
Winner of the 2014 New England Book Award for Fiction
A Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

A Best Book of the Year for:

New York Times Book ReviewTime, NPR, Washington PostEntertainment WeeklyNewsday,VogueNew York MagazineSeattle TimesSan Francisco ChronicleWall Street JournalBoston GlobeThe GuardianKirkus Reviews, Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Our Man in Boston,, Salon

Euphoria is Lily King’s nationally bestselling breakout novel of three young, gifted anthropologists of the ‘30’s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives. Inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is “dazzling … suspenseful … brilliant…an exhilarating novel.”—Boston Globe

Lily King is the author of the novels The Pleasing HourThe English Teacher, and Father of the Rain, a New York Times Editor’s Choice and winner of the New England Book Award for Fiction. King is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and the Maine Fiction Award twice. She lives with her husband and children in Maine.


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


These are the books we’re reading in 2014-2015:

November 4 – THE ROSIE PROJECT by Graeme Simsion (Simon & Schuster, 978-1476729091) 
December 2 – THE ORPHANS OF RACE POINT by Patry Francis (Harper Perennial, 978-0062281302)
January 6 — AN UNTAMED STATE by Roxane Gay (Black Cat, 978-0802122513) 
February 3 – THE WORLD OF RAE ENGLISH by Lucy Rosenthal (Black Lawrence Press, 978-1937854393)
March 3 – MARCHING TO ZION by Mary Glickman (Open Road Media, 978-1480435629) 
April 7 — CHILDREN OF THE JACARANDA TREE by Sahar Delijani (Atria Books, 978-1476709109) 
May 5 — THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin (Algonquin Books, 978-1616203214) 
June 2 — THE PROMISE by Ann Weisgarber (Skyhorse Publishing, 978-1629142364) 
July 7 — ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, 978-1476746586) 
August 4 — EUPHORIA by Lily King (Atlantic Monthly Press, 978-0802122551) 
September 1 — EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press, 978-1594205712) 
October 6 — WHAT IS VISIBLE by Kimberly Elkins (Twelve, 978-1455528967) 

For more information, please go to our Book Club page