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, Oprah.com, 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.

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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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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

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Come to the next WNBA Charlotte “Great Group Reads” Book Club meeting — Tuesday, May 5, 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 May 5 meeting is….

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 THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY
 by Gabrielle Zevin
 Algonquin Books
 trade paperback

On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto “No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World.” A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island-from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who’s always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.’s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.

And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, but large in weight. It’s that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J.; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.’s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn’t see coming. As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love. 

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Gabrielle Zevin has published six novels. Her debut, Margarettown, was a selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. The Hole We’re Inwas on Entertainment Weekly’s Must List and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Every day newspaper articles chronicle families battered by the recession, circling the drain in unemployment and debt or scraping by with minimum-wage jobs. But no novel has truly captured that struggle until now.” Publishers Weekly called the novel “a Corrections for our recessionary times.”

Of all her books, she is probably best known for the young adult novel Elsewhere.Elsewhere, an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, was nominated for a Quill Award and received the Borders Original Voices Award. The book has been translated into over twenty languages. Of Elsewhere, the New York Times Book Review wrote, “Every so often a book comes along with a premise so fresh and arresting it seems to exist in a category all its own… Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin, is such a book.” 

http://www.gabriellezevin.com

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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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A special note about our June 2 meeting!  

PB cover of The Promise-1 (534x800)We’re delighted to announce that Ann Weisgarber, author of THE PROMISE, our Great Group Reads Book Club selection for June, will join us in person for a lively discussion of her novel.

On this occasion, we will meet at Park Road Books at 6:30 PM.  

This event is open to the public, so please invite your own book club members, friends, anyone who would be interested in joining us this evening. We look forward to seeing you there!

THE PROMISE is out in paperback now from Skyhorse Publishing. Get your copy today!

  

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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
 

Come to the next WNBA Charlotte “Great Group Reads” Book Club meeting — Tuesday, February 3, 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 February 3 meeting is….

World of Rae English 9781937854393THE WORLD OF RAE ENGLISH 
by Lucy Rosenthal 
(Black Lawrence Press)

 The World of Rae English is a rare novel of wry eloquence. Its remarkable sentences delineate a fifties and sixties world full of disguises, and we watch its heroine blunder through the task of unmasking those around her, past and present. A wonderful book.”–Joan Silber

“Lucy Rosenthal writes with the mirth and bite of the great Peter De Vries. I am amazed at how much fun she seems to be having while she fillets the pretentious and punctures the self-inflated. The smart reader will know enough to get out of her line of fire.”–Billy Collins

Rae English, a smart and witty young woman, is drawn to secretive men. It is the still straitlaced early sixties, the era of “Mad Men” where women are expected to be married and pretty. After a divorce from a disgraced politician, Rae relocates to Iowa City, hoping to find or conceal herself as a writer and to rediscover love.

Lucy Rosenthal is the author of the novel The Ticket Out. The recipient of a Pulitzer Fellowship in Critical Writing, she has edited the anthologies Great American Love StoriesThe World Treasury of Love Stories, and The Eloquent Short Story: Varieties of Narration. She is on the writing faculty of Sarah Lawrence College and has also taught in the creative writing programs of Columbia and New York University. She lives in New York City.

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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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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
 

Mark your calendar and be sure to attend these upcoming January, February & March meetings!

Upcoming WNBA monthly meetings — be sure to mark your calendar and join us!

More meetings and events information — click here!

 

January 12 — Annual Book Swap and Networking Meeting 
 — location details will be sent to members

Monday, January 12Once_upon_a_wintertime_little_golden_book
7:00 PM
Kristen Knox’s house 

(Members, please watch for a WNBA email  for the address)

MEMBERS ONLY!!

Our president Kristen Knox is hosting our annual WNBA-Charlotte book swap at her house! Use this chance to tidy up your bookshelves, or to clutter them again with ne

This is a members only event!w reads. Bring books to swap out or just to donate to a good cause.

Check out this webpage and  WNBA-Charlotte’s Facebook page for further updates.

See you soon!

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February 17 — “I’m Published, So Now What?”  
Making a Living Writing

A panel discussion hosted jointly with Charlotte Writers’ Club

TUESDAY, February 17Ideas-To-Make-Money-By-Writing
7:00 PM
Providence United Methodist Church
2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211

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.

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March 7  — Writers’ Showcasecookbook-94df6f8934464c9e1d0e82613ffa6429dddfe80a-s800-c15
      * Plus Potluck Lunch *

SATURDAY, March 7
12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM
Quail Hollow Estates Clubhouse
7301 Quail Meadow Lane, Charlotte, NC, 28210

Join us for a Writers’ Showcase, featuring WNBA-Charlotte members. Select authors will showcase their work and be available for discussion.

This is a potluck event, so please bring a dish to share. Friends and family of members welcome.

 

Come to the next WNBA Charlotte “Great Group Reads” Book Club meeting — Tuesday, December 2, 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 December 2 meeting is….

 

THE ORPHANS OF RACE POINT 
by Patry Francis 
(Harper Perennial)9780062281302

Our December selection is a suspenseful page-turning saga of love, murder, and the true meaning of faith from the author of the acclaimed The Liar’s Diary.

Set in the close-knit Portuguese community of Provincetown, Massachusetts, The Orphans of Race Point traces the relationship between Hallie Costa and Gus Silva, who meet as children in the wake of a terrible crime that leaves Gus parentless. Their friendship evolves into an enduring and passionate love that will ask more of them than they ever imagined.

On the night of their high school prom, a terrible tragedy devastates their relationship and profoundly alters the course of their lives. And when, a decade later, Gus—now a priest—becomes entangled with a distraught woman named Ava and her daughter Mila, troubled souls who bring back vivid memories of his own damaged past, the unthinkable happens: he is charged with murder. Can Hallie save the man she’s never stopped lovin

Told in alternating voices, The Orphans of Race Point illuminates the transformative power of love and the myriad ways we find meaning in our lives.g, by not only freeing him from prison but also—finally—the curse of his past?

Patry Francis is the author of The Liar’s Diary and the blog 100 Days of Discipline for Writers. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in the Tampa Review,Antioch ReviewColorado ReviewOntario Review, and American Poetry Review, among other publications. She is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and has twice been the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. She lives in Massachusetts.

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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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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

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Come to our next WNBA meeting and learn more about book reviews and book blogs! Monday, November 10, 7 PM

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The Best in Book Reviews and Book Blogs
 
Date:  Monday, November 10, 7 pm
 
Location: 1927 S. Tryon, Suite 310, Charlotte, NC 28203
 
 

Located in Southend off S. Tryon, near Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop, a couple blocks southwest of South Blvd and East/West intersection.

 
IMPORTANT! Parking & Building Access: Park in the upper deck parking lot via Doggett St. To enter building, go to glass doors off of upper deck parking lot. WNBA representative will greet you and direct to Suite 310 (“Technekes”) beginning at 6:40 PM. Call 704-350-5282 with questions.
 
Our presenters include authors Marybeth Whalen (a WNBA Charlotte member) and Ariel Lawhon, founders of SHE READS; and author Christy Allen, editor and author Carin Siegfried, and blogger and Great Group Reads selection committee member Kristen Knox, all WNBA Charlotte members.
 
Importance of writing a review
 
· Why authors need reviews, and advice for authors on getting them: Marybeth Whalen, Ariel Lawhon
 
· Tips for writing a good one to boost your own writing career: Christy Allen
 
Finding reputable reviews 
 
· Goodreads: Carin Siegfried
 
· Library Thing: Kristen Knox
 
· Other sites: Book Browse, Shelf Awareness, and more
 
Finding bloggers and how to approach them 

 

The schedule for this meeting: 

 

· 7:00-7:15 Meet and Greet
 
· 7:15-7:20 Introduce Program and Presenters
 
· 7:20-7:40 Comparison of Library Thing and Goodreads 
 
· 7:40-7:55 How to Write Reviews and Why You Should 
 
· 7:55-8:35 Advice for Writers Looking to Obtain Reviews; She Reads
 
· 8:35-8:45 Q & A
 
Questions?  Please contact Christy Allen at christy@samanthagreenmysteries.com . We hope to see you there!

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WNBA-Charlotte’s Book Club, featuring Great Group Reads picks from National Reading Group Month

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NEXT MEETING APRIL 1 — 7 PM at Panera near SouthPark!!

We have a terrific book club in our chapter!  

As our reading guide, we’re taking the list of 2013 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.   

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 Our book for April is…   

WASH 
by Margaret Wrinkle
Atlantic Monthly Press

“A marvel. By turns grim and lyrical, heart-wrenching and hopeful.” 
People (four stars, People Pick)

“In this deeply researched, deeply felt debut novel, documentarian Wrinkle aims a sure pen at a crucial moment following America’s War of Independence. . . . The novel well evokes the tragedy not only of [its] lovers’ untenable positions, but also that of their master and his fragile country.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A moving and heart-rending novel.” —Kirkus Reviews

Margaret Wrinkle is a writer, filmmaker, and visual artist born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama.  A seventh-generation Southerner, she always knew she had slaveholding ancestors.  But she was shocked when she heard a family rumor that one of them may have engaged in the breeding of enslaved people.  Determined to know more, she set out to discover the truth about this long-buried historical practice.  Her journey led to the writing of her debut novel, WASH (Atlantic Monthly Press; February 2012), a haunting and intimate story of owner and owned.

Despite extensive research, Wrinkle was never able to find any proof of the veracity of the family rumor.  And slave breeding is such a controversial topic that finding sources willing to even mention the possibility proved difficult.  Facing a dearth of historical evidence, her imagination took over, and she found herself coming again and again to the question: what if it had actually happened? What would that mean for all involved? 

In WASH, Wrinkle begins with Richardson, a conflicted slaveholding patriarch and Revolutionary War veteran struggling to stay afloat in a world he no longer understands.  Then she found an interview with one survivor of slavery who described a man forced to work as what was then called “a traveling negro.”  As she pictures this tall, isolated, and difficult man being taken to a distant plantation where, nine months later, many babies will be born, the character of Wash emerges as Richardson’s breeding sire.  The first member of his family born into slavery, Wash gets drawn into a power struggle with Richardson and must fight to hold onto the West African spiritual traditions inherited from his shamanic mother.  Despair and disease lead him to a potent enslaved healer named Pallas, and their delicate love story unfolds against this tumultuous backdrop.

By turns harrowing and redemptive, this boundary-crossing novel of American slavery carries the reader from the heart of whiteness into the center of ancestral African spirituality and back again until these two contrasting cultures shimmer together.  Questioning all differences of blood and tradition, erasing even the line between the living and the dead, WASH offers new insights into our continuing racial dilemmas.  

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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. 

 

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 Here’s what we are reading in 2013-2014:

November 5:  The Round House by Louise Erdrich (Harper Perennial)

December 3:  Margot by Jillian Cantor (Riverhead Books)

NO January meeting

February 4:  Big Brother by Lionel Shriver (Harper)

March 4:  How It All Began by Penelope Lively (Penguin Books)

April 1:  Wash by Margaret Wrinkle (Atlantic Monthly Press)

May 6:  A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (Hogarth)

June 3:  The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell (Amy Einhorn Books)

NO July meeting

August 5:  Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Reagan Arthur Books)

September 2:  Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)

October 7:  The House Girl by Tara Conklin (William Morrow)

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Join us for our Spring “Meet the Authors” Evening with four regional authors — Monday, March 10, 7 – 9 PM —

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Spring “Meet the Authors”
Evening with
Regional Authors

Monday, March 10, 7 – 9 PM

Park Road Books 
Park Road Shopping Center 
4139 Park Road, Charlotte 28209

Our March meeting will feature authors from the Carolinas and Tennessee, including……

Sonja Condit, STARTER HOUSE (William Morrow Paperbacks) 
          more info:  http://www.sonjacondit.com/

Amy Greene, LONG MAN (Alfred A. Knopf)   A SIBA “Okra Pick” 
          more info:  http://amygreeneauthor.com/

Drew Perry, KIDS THESE DAYS (Algonquin Books)   
          more info:  http://www.drewperry.net/

Barbara Claypole White, THE IN-BETWEEN HOUR (Harlequin MIRA)   A SIBA “Okra Pick”
          more info:  http://www.barbaraclaypolewhite.com/

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 discussions. Park Road Books will sell books.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet these authors and get signed copies of their new books!

 Share this flyer with fellow book lovers!  Bring your friends and family members!  This event is open to the public.

WNBA members who are avid readers! Join the Great Group Reads Selection Committee for WNBA’s 2014 National Reading Group Month!

NATIONAL READING GROUP MONTH 2014   

Great Group Reads — Selection Committee Information   

We are recruiting new members to join the National Reading Group Month Great Group Reads Selection Committee for 2014.   

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Great Group Reads is a major initiative of National Reading Group Month (NRGM), which is sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA). We are recruiting new readers to join our Selection Committee for this year’s list. 


Each year, the Great Group Reads (GGR) Selection Committee prepares a list of recommendations of literary fiction and memoirs for book discussion groups around the country. Publishers supply the Selection Committee with reading copies. Selected books are publicized and promoted on the National Reading Group Month website with professionally designed display materials such as shelf-talkers and table-top posters for anyone to download and use in promoting these titles for independent bookstores, reading groups and libraries.  It is an important service for the reading public and for publishers.  Participation in the selection is rigorous but rewarding!

An overview of Great Group Reads:

Readers on the selection committee must adhere to the following rules:

  1. MUST be a member in good standing with a WNBA chapter or with a network membership
  2. Commit to reading at least 100 pages of each book, up to 25, sent to your home/office
  3. Be able to utilize the private GGR blog to thoughtfully comment on each of the books
  4. Have experience in book discussion groups in order to understand how group dynamics work in discussing books!
  5. Prepare a brief profile for posting on the NRGM website (no contact information needed)
  6. Follow guidelines in selection (see Guidelines for Selection below)
  7. Do not post public reviews or comments on the books you are reading for GGR until after the list is made public in September 2014
  8. Adhere to the deadlines for reading, commenting, and submitting a list of your top favorites (see Schedulebelow)

Guidelines for Selection in Great Group Reads:

  1. Targeted to adult reading groups throughout the U.S., with broad based appeal
  2. The selection should provide lively discussions, conflict, or touch on timely issues
  3. Fully developed themes, narratives, characters are essential.  These must be mature works of literature
  4. The selection may be a title that won’t necessarily achieve superstar status but is highly deserving of attention from reading groups, and could be characterized as a “mid-list gem”

Schedule:

  1. We start to receive books by March, and the delivery may continue through April 
  2. Blog comments start up as soon as books are received and read – you will receive instructions on it
  3. Submission of your recommendations list is due near the end of July  (exact date TBD)
  4. Finalization of the Great Group Reads list is early August
  5. Press release on the list in early to mid-September
  6. National Reading Group Month is the month of October with special chapter events

To see last year’s Great Group Reads list, go to http://www.nationalreadinggroupmonth.org/ggr_selections.html

This is a huge commitment to undertake for the next few months, so we want you to understand it thoroughly before asking to join the Selection Committee. If this is for you, let me know by emailing me at sbrechner@gmail.com.  If you need more information, just ask.  And thanks for considering the job!

Bebe(Sarah) Brechner

Chair, Great Group Reads Selection Committee, National Reading Group Month

Jill Tardiff, Chair, National Reading Group Month

 

THIS TUESDAY, February 18 — don’t miss our Social Media panel discussion, co-sponsored with Charlotte Writers’ Club!

February 18 (Tuesday) –  

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Social Media, Writing and Publishing – A Panel Discussion — 

CWC Charlotte and WNBA-Charlotte — 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 
7:00 PM — 

Queens University Conference Center, 
2229 Tyvola Road (just west of Park Road), Charlotte — 


WNBA-Charlotte has organized an outstanding panel of experienced book industry representatives who will discuss the evolving relationships between writers and publishers and social media. Come with your questions about the book biz and join in this sure-to-be-lively discussion!  

This meeting is co-sponsored with the Charlotte Writers’ Club.  

Panel participants include (click here for full bios):  

Josh Adams, literary agent at Adams Literary
Christy Lynn Allen, self-published author of Samantha Green & the Case of the Haunted Pumpkin
Trisina Dickerson, publicist at John F. Blair, Publisher
Wanda Jewell, executive director of SIBA, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
Maureen Ryan Griffin, writing coach, author of Spinning Words into Gold, a Hands-On Guide to the Craft of Writing
Gary V. Powell, award-winning short story writer and novelist

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