Chapter Meetings/Events

 

2018-2019 WNBA-Charlotte Meetings Schedule

Updates about the 2018-2019 schedule will be made as they become available. Therefore, please check back, particularly before upcoming meetings.

 

Annual Fall Social & Networking Meeting 

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
7:00 – 9:00 PM  

Rock Salt
512 Brandywine Road (Back lot of Park Road Shopping Center)

Charlotte, NC 28209   

Join us for great conversation over good wine at our annual fall get together! Rendezvous with your fellow WNBA Charlotte members over a glass of wine, and please do bring interested friends with you. If you’re a new or potential member, come and meet everyone!

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9th Annual BIBLIOFEAST Book & Author Dinner
Celebrating 11 Years of National Reading Group Month

Monday, October 15, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 PM  

Maggiano’s Little Italy
400 Sharon Road (South Park Mall)

Charlotte, NC 28211

Join us for our annual flagship event in celebration of National Reading Group Month! Meet our eight featured authors and learn more about them and their books. Enjoy great food, wine, and conversation with fellow WNBA members and prospective members.

Full event details, including how to purchase tickets online or at Park Road books, are available here.

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Self-Publishing Panel 

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

Morrison Branch Library
7015 Morrison Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28211

Back by popular demand – 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 some insight into that, but the event will answer all questions related to the self-publishing journey.  Full bios are listed below.

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.

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Annual BoOnce_upon_a_wintertime_little_golden_bookok Swap and Potluck

Monday, January 14, 2019
7:00 – 9:00 PM  

This is a members only event – Location will be sent via email

This is a members only hosted event for our annual WNBA-Charlotte book swap at her house/personal library! Bring a dish inspired by your favorite book and 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.

 

 

 

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February 14, 2019
12:00 Noon – 3:00 PM at Park Road Books

Help us support ourBRIDGE and foster an inclusive and welcome environment! Please donate or purchase children’s books for all ages to restock the ourBRIDGE library, recently damaged by water!

A little bit about the organization:  “At ourBRIDGE, students receive homework help, participate in hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering , Arts and Math) projects, and engage in a culturally relevant curriculum that emphasizes experiential learning. We provide one-on-one daily English literacy tutoring in order to accelerate the students’ acquisition of the English language. ourBRIDGE for KIDS aims to close the communication gap between school, teachers and families through the coordination of home visits, translation of school documents, and the organization of literacy nights and cultural events for parents at our center. When needed, we also provide parents transportation and translation support at teacher conferences and serve as the liaison between parents and schools.”

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Image result for pride and prejudiceMint Museum ‘Art of Reading’ Event

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
7:00 – 9:00 PM  

Mint Museum – Randolph Rd.
2730 Randolph Road

Charlotte, NC 28207

The program begins with a docent-facilitated discussion and is followed by a docent-led tour of the Mint’s Portals to the Past: British Ceramics exhibition. See selected works of art that help bring to life the historic events, cultural influences, and lifestyles represented in the book.

This is a members only event and space is limited. Please RSVP to catherine.j.jardines@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

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Spring Meet the Authors Evening

Monday, April 8, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 PM  

Park Road Books
4139 Park Road (Park Road Shopping Center)

Charlotte, NC 28209

Save the date for our annual SPRING MEET THE AUTHORS EVENING featuring prominent authors. 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 writers and get signed copies of their new books! Author details will be provided in early 2019.

WNBA members and friends, book clubs and reading groups,
and all avid readers are welcome!

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Download a copy of our event flyer here.

Questions?  Please contact Susan Walker at susan.walker.books@gmail.com or 612-382-5868.

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Image result for park road booksGreat Summer Reads
Recommendations from Sally Brewster

May 13, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 PM  

Park Road Books
4139 Park Road (Park Road Shopping Center)

Charlotte, NC 28209

Join us as Sally Brewster, owner of Park Road Books, breaks down the best reads for summer and beyond. Hear about recent and upcoming reads and walk away with a curated list of must-haves.