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.

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

Book Club Meetup: Tuesday, January 7th

C2638D58-0314-4BCD-A8EB-38DBFD093096Come and discuss Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner (Atria) 
Tuesday, January 7th, 7:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC.

Synopsis: Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life. But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies, and neither sister inhabit the world she dreams of, or a life that feels authentic or joyful. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?

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

Book Club Meetup: Tuesday, December 3rd

laurentian divideCome and discuss Laurentian Divide by Sarah Stonich (Univ. of Minnesota Press, TP) 
Tuesday, December 3rd, 7:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

Synopsis: A small, northern Minnesota community waits for semi-hermit Rauri Paar to reappear in their midst, signaling the end of winter. As the residents wait, their own lives move forward even without Rauri. This is a warm, wise, and wonderful look at the inhabitants of a small town, at connection, and support in good times and bad.

Please come, whether you’ve read / liked the book or not!

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

Book Club Meetup: Tuesday, November 5th

Tomorrow'sBread MayhewCome and discuss Tomorrow’s Bread by Anna Jean Mayhew (Kensington Books)
Tuesday, November 5th, 7:00pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

ABOUT CHARLOTTE HISTORY, Y’ALL!
In 1961 Charlotte, North Carolina, the predominantly black neighborhood of Brooklyn is a bustling city within a city. Self-contained and vibrant, it has its own restaurants, schools, theaters, churches, and night clubs. There are shotgun shacks and poverty, along with well-maintained houses like the one Loraylee Hawkins shares with her young son, Hawk, her Uncle Ray, and her grandmother, Bibi. Loraylee’s love for Archibald Griffin, Hawk’s white father and manager of the cafeteria where she works, must be kept secret in the segregated South.

Loraylee has heard rumors that the city plans to bulldoze her neighborhood, claiming it’s dilapidated and dangerous. The government promises to provide new housing and relocate businesses. But locals like Pastor Ebenezer Polk, who’s facing the demolition of his church, know the value of Brooklyn does not lie in bricks and mortar.

 Please come, whether you’ve read / liked the book or not!

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

Great Group Reads / Ideal for Book Club Picks

Announcing

GREAT GROUP READS SELECTIONS 2019-20

Every WNBA-Charlotte’s October Book Club, we vote on the booklist for the next 12 months. Books are selected from the newest Great Group Reads List. Part of the National Reading Group Month Initiative, Great Group Reads titles especially appeal to reading groups. They represent timely and provocative topics, from the intimate dynamics of family and personal to major cultural / global issues.

The Affairs of the Falcóns: A Novel by Melissa Rivero (Ecco)
Women’s Fiction, Hispanic & Latino

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir  by Nicole Chung (Catapult)
Adoption & Fostering, Personal Memoi, Cultural/Ethnic

The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek  by Kim Michele Richardson (Sourcebooks)
Southern Fiction, Small Town & Rural, Women’s Fiction

Death of A Rainmaker by Laurie Loewenstein (Kaylie Jones Books)
Mystery & Detective Series, Historical Fiction

The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib (St. Martins Press)
Women’s Fiction, Family Life, Psychological/Eating Disorders

Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Took On Harvard by Haben Girma (Twelve)
Personal Memoir, Social Activism,

The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage, and a Girl Saved by Bees by Meredith May (Park Row)
Personal Memoir, Agriculture/Bee Keeping

The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner (Berkeley)
Historical/WWII, Women’s Fiction

Laurentian Divide by Sarah Stonich (Univ. of Minnesota Press)
Women’s Fiction, Small Town & Rural Fiction,

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland (Anasi International)
Literary Fiction

Love You Hard: A Memoir of Marriage, Brain Injury, and Reinventing Love by Abby Maslin (Dutton)
Memoir, Marriage & Long-Term Relationship, Medical

Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice (ECW Press)
Dystopian Fiction, Native American & Aboriginal

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner (Atria)
Family Life, Women’s Fiction

No Good Asking by Fran Kimmel (ECW Press) Contemporary Women, Small Town & Rural, Literary Fiction

Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border by Octavio Solis (City Lights)
Hispanic & Latino, Memoir, Entertainment/Performing Arts

Southernmost by Silas House (Algonquin Books)
Family Life, LGBTQ, Southern History

Tomorrow’s Bread by Anna Jean Mayhew (Kensington)
Historical Fiction, African-American History

Tonic and Balm by Stephanie Allen (Shade Mountain Press)
Fiction, African American Studies, Early 20th Century Fiction

The Tubman Command: A Novel by Elizabeth Cobbs (Arcade)
Civil War, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction

Unfurled by Michelle Bailat-Jones (Ig Publishing) Women’s Fiction, Sea Stories

ON OCTOBER 1, Vote on the Books We Read This Year at WNBA-Charlotte’s Book Club Picks Night

Tuesday, October 1st, 7:00-8:30pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte

With summaries given by GGR Selection Committee Manager Kristen Knox, we will vote on what 12 of the 20 titles [below] to read this year—and when.Be a voice at the book table and join us!

More about Great Group Reads at nationalreadinggroupmonth.org

Great Group Reads Bookclub meeting, Tuesday, June 4th at 7:00pm


BONFIRE BY CELTCome and discuss Invitation to a Bonfire by by Adrienne Celt (Bloomsbury)

Tuesday, June 4th, 7:00-8:15pm
Panera Bread, 5940 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC

A selection from the 2018 National Reading Group Month’s Great Group Reads (list)

In the 1920s, Zoya Andropova, a young Soviet Union refugee, finds herself in the alien landscape of an all-girls New Jersey boarding school. Having lost her family, and home, Zoya struggles to belong, a task made more difficult by the malice her peers heap on scholarship students and her new country’s paranoia about Russian spies. When she meets the visiting writer and fellow Russian émigré Leo Orlov–whose books Zoya has privately obsessed over for years–her luck seems to have taken a turn for the better. But she soon discovers that Leo is not the solution to her loneliness: he’s committed to his art and bound by the sinister orchestrations of his brilliant wife, Vera.As the reader unravels the mystery of Zoya, Lev, and Vera’s fate, Zoya is faced with mounting pressure to figure out who she is and what kind of life she wants to build. Grappling with class distinctions, national allegiance, and ethical fidelity–not to mention the powerful magnetism of sex–Invitation to a Bonfire investigates how one’s identity is formed, irrevocably, through a series of momentary decisions, including how to survive, who to love, and whether to pay the complicated price of happiness.

BIBLIOFEAST 2018 is Monday, October 15! Mark your calendars and buy your tickets online today!

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BIBLIOFEAST 2018
A Literary “Movable Feast”

WNBA Charlotte’s 9th Annual
Book & Author Dinner

Celebrating the 11th Anniversary of
National Reading Group Month

TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW!
Printed tickets available at Park Road Books

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ONLINE TODAY!
Ticket deadline extended to October 12 – must be purchased in advance!

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WHEN:  Monday evening, October 15, 2018  /  6:00-9:00 PM

WHERE:  Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant, SouthPark Mall, Charlotte

WHAT:  A “movable feast” dinner featuring 8 outstanding authors

  • Open to both WNBA members and the public

  • Book clubs invited and encouraged to attend as groups. If you come with your book club members, we’ll reserve a table for you!

  • Anticipated attendance 70+ people

  • Ticketed fundraiser event for WNBA Charlotte, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

  • Tickets $60/person. BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR! If you’re a current 2018-2019 WNBA member, you can earn a $10 rebate on your own ticket for each prospective member/guest you bring to Bibliofeast! For example, bring 2 guests who purchase tickets and earn $20 in rebates on your own ticket! Bring 6 paying guests and earn $60 in rebates – your own ticket for free! (This rebate offer is subject to approval by WNBA Charlotte’s Treasurer before rebates are issued. Rebates will be paid at or after the event.)

  • Tickets are now available online (credit cards via PayPal). Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, October 12.
    CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR ONLINE TICKETS ORDER FORM.

  • Tickets also may be purchased at Park Road Books (check or cash only) starting September 4.

  • Tickets must be purchased in advance — deadline extended to October 12!

  • Books by participating authors will be sold at the event by Park Road Books, Charlotte.

This coming October, the Charlotte Chapter of WNBA will sponsor our 9thannual BIBLIOFEAST Book & Author Dinner in celebration of WNBA’s National Reading Group Month.  Our very successful 2017 BIBLIOFEAST highlighted 8 authors and was attended by 60+ people. This year we’re including 8 authors and 60-70 attendees.

 

We’re delighted to welcome our eight featured authors for 2018:

 

JT Ellison, TEAR ME APART, Mira/HarperCollins

Donna Everhart, THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET, Kensington

Sue Halpern, SUMMER HOURS AT THE ROBBERS’ LIBRARY, Harper Perennial

Webb Hubbell, THE EIGHTEENTH GREEN, Beaufort Books

Pam Kelley, MONEY ROCK: A FAMILY’S STORY OF COCAINE, RACE, AND AMBITION IN THE NEW SOUTH, The New Press

Elaine Neil Orr, SWIMMING BETWEEN WORLDS, Berkley/PRH

Kathryn Schwille, WHAT LUCK, THIS LIFE, Hub City Press

Lee Zacharias, ACROSS THE GREAT LAKE, University of Wisconsin Press

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NEW THIS YEAR! Sponsor an Author – For $30 you can sponsor one of our featured guest authors. Benefits include —

  • Escorting the author during the cocktail hour 

  • Key seating right next to this author at your dinner table, plus this seat next to 5 other authors who will visit your table during the “moveable feast” author rotations which are the highlight of this dinner.

  • Email us at wnbacharlotte@gmail.com to let us know that you want to participate and which author(s) you prefer to sponsor.

  • 10% off your sponsored author’s book (WNBA Charlotte will cover this discount with Park Road Books.)

  • Send cash or check with your information to WNBA Charlotte Chapter, c/o Sally Brewster, Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209, or come out and pay at our Fall Kickoff and Networking event on September 11!

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PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!  Invite your friends, fellow book club members, and colleagues.

PLEASE SHARE THIS BIBLIOFEAST FLYER ONLINE!!  And print it out and post it for others to see, too.  THANKS!

Check out this other members’ opportunity at Bibliofeast, too:

  • Members’ Promotional Table – Members can display their business services and publications for a $10 flat fee. There will be a members services table that all attendees, including authors, will be able to view. Get your name out there!

  • Email us at wnbacharlotte@gmail.com to let us know that you want to participate and what your service or publication will be. Send cash or check with your information to WNBA Charlotte Chapter, c/o Sally Brewster, Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209, or come out and pay at our Fall Kickoff and Networking event on September 11!

BIBLIOFEAST QUESTIONS?  Please contact Susan Walker, National Reading Group Month Events Manager, susan.walker.books@gmail.com, 612-382-5868. Thank you!

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Come to our next Great Group Reads Book Club meeting — July 5 (WEDNESDAY this month), 7 PM!

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

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We have a terrific book club
in our chapter! 

As our reading guide, we use the list of 2016 Great Group Reads titles recommended for book clubs during WNBA’s National Reading Group Month. Starting in November 2016, we’re reading books from the current 2016 Great Group Reads list.  See below!

 

Our book for our July 5 (Wednesday this month only) meeting is….

30363552HEAT AND LIGHT: A NOVEL
by Jennifer Haigh
Ecco 
Trade Paperback

Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Haigh returns to the Pennsylvania town at the center of her iconic novel Baker Towers in this ambitious, achingly human story of modern America and the conflicting forces at its heart—a bold, moving drama of hope and desperation, greed and power, big business and small-town families.

Forty years ago, Bakerton coal fueled the country. Then the mines closed, and the town wore away like a bar of soap. Now Bakerton has been granted a surprise third act: it sits squarely atop the Marcellus Shale, a massive deposit of natural gas.

To drill or not to drill? Prison guard Rich Devlin leases his mineral rights to finance his dream of farming. He doesn’t count on the truck traffic and nonstop noise, his brother’s skepticism or the paranoia of his wife, Shelby, who insists the water smells strange and is poisoning their frail daughter. Meanwhile his neighbors, organic dairy farmers Mack and Rena, hold out against the drilling—until a passionate environmental activist disrupts their lives.

Told through a cast of characters whose lives are increasingly bound by the opposing interests that underpin the national debate, Heat and Light depicts a community blessed and cursed by its natural resources. Soaring and ambitious, it zooms from drill rig to shareholders’ meeting to the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor to the ruined landscape of the “strippins,” haunting reminders of Pennsylvania’s past energy booms. This is a dispatch from a forgotten America—a work of searing moral clarity from one of the finest writers of her generation, a courageous and necessary book.

Jennifer Haigh is an American novelist and short story writer. Her new novel, HEAT AND LIGHT41209 (Ecco, 2016), looks at a Pennsylvania town divided by the controversy over fracking. Her last novel, FAITH, about a beloved Boston priest accused of a molesting a child in his parish, explores the consequences of this accusation for an entire community.

Haigh’s critically acclaimed debut novel MRS. KIMBLE won the 2004 PEN/Hemingway Award for first fiction. Later books include the New York Times bestseller THE CONDITION; BAKER TOWERS, winner of the 2006 PEN/L. L. Winship Award for outstanding book by a New England author; and the short story collection NEWS FROM HEAVEN, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award and the PEN New England Award in Fiction.
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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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Here are the terrific books we’ll be reading in 2016-2017!

November 1 — OVER THE PLAIN HOUSES by Julia Franks
(Hub City Press, HC 978-1938235214)

December 6 — 300 DAYS OF SUN by Deborah Lawrenson
(Harper Paperbacks, TP 978-0062390165)

January 3 — THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER by Phaedra Patrick
(MIRA/Harlequin, HC 978-0778319337)

February 7 — THE DRONE EATS WITH ME: A GAZA DIARY by Atef Abu Saif
(Beacon Press, TP 978-0807049105)

March 7 — THE HONEYMOON by Dinitia Smith
(Other Press, HC 978-1590517789)

April 4 — MISS JANE by Brad Watson
(W.W. Norton & Company, HC 978-0393241730)

May 2 — THIS IS YOUR LIFE, HARRIET CHANCE! by Jonathan Evison
(Algonquin Books, TP 978-1616206017)

June 6 — THE COSMOPOLITANS by Sarah Schulman
(Feminist Press at CUNY, TP 978-1558619043)

July 5 — HEAT AND LIGHT by Jennifer Haigh
(Ecco, HC 978-0061763298)

August 8 — THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND by Katarina Bivald
(Sourcebooks Landmark, TP 978-1492623441)

September 5 — THE TSAR OF LOVE AND TECHNO: STORIES by Anthony Marra
(Hogarth, TP 978-0770436452)

October 3 — BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE by Fredrik Backman
(Atria Books, HC 978-1501142536)

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