WNBA AWARD 2023 presented to Eve Bridburg of Grub Street

Eve Bridburg to receive the 2023 WNBA Award


Official Press Release: 2023 WNBA Award Press Release Eve Bridburg.

WNBA National announces the recipient of the 2023 WNBA Award: Eve Bridburg, Founder and Board Chair of Grub Street, Boston, MAThe WNBA Award is presented to a living American woman who has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties and responsibilities of her profession or occupation. Nominees must derive part or all of their income from books or the allied arts.

“Nominations for this year’s award ranged from mystery writer to literacy champion,” said NC Weil, WNBA Award chair. “What distinguishes Bridburg is her meritorious work in building a writing community which has served as a model nationwide.”Bridburg founded Grub Street in 1997 as a place grounded in the Boston community, where writers could learn together, sharing techniques and exchanging ideas.

Their  Mission: GrubStreet works to remove social, cultural, and institutional barriers in order to facilitate and support an expansive and equitable artistic ecosystem where all voices thrive and where storytelling flourishes. This mission is essential because our collective voices have the power to shape a more just and connected world by revealing truths, transforming lives, and deepening human understanding.”

Writing programs not affiliated with academic institutions face an uphill battle for funding, recognition, and in attracting skilled instructors and reaching those in the community to whom the doors of academia are typically closed. The fact that GrubStreet celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2022 speaks volumes about the organization. It offers workshops, intensives, programs for teens, neighborhood programs, fellowships, scholarships, and consulting.

The WNBA Award (previously known as the Constance Lindsay Skinner Award) has been continuously awarded since 1940. Recent recipients include Hannah Oliver Depp, Lisa Lucas, Carla Hayden, Louise Erdrich, Amy King, and Ann Patchett.The full list of recipients includes former First Ladies, authors, activists, booksellers, librarians, and publishing professionals—all dedicated literary women whose achievements have enhanced the book world. 


The awards ceremony hosted by the WNBA to honor Bridburg will be held on June 2 at 7 p.m. ET in person in Boston. 

For more information email president@wnba-books.org.

Bibliofeast 2021

The WNBA-Charlotte Chapter


book fork

A virtual feast with Great Group Reads authors: Anjali Enjeti, Heather Frese, and Jason Mott.

Wednesday, Nov. 3rd, 7:00-8:30pm
Online sponsored on ZOOM
Moderated by Susan Walker

RSVP Here 

* Author Readings and Q&A *Book Raffle for Attendees 

Featured authors:


Anjali Enjeti 
 has appeared in USA Today, Harper’s BAZAAR, Publishers Weekly, and ZORA. In 2019, she co-founded the GA chapter of They See Blue, an organization for South Asian Democrats. Follow her on Instagram @angali.enjeti

The Parted Earth (Hub City Press). August 1947 New Delhi, there is unrest leading up to the birth of the Muslim majority nation of Pakistan, and the Hindu majority nation of India. 16 year-old Deepa navigates the changing politics of her home, finding solace in messages of intricate origami from her secret boyfriend Amir. Soon Amir flees to Pakistan and a tragedy forces Deepa to leave the subcontinent forever. Spanning more than half a century and cities from New Delhi to Atlanta, Anjali Enjeti’s debut is a heartfelt and human portrait of the long shadow of the Partition of India on the lives of three generations of women.


Heather Frese has published short stories, essays, poetry. Her work has appeared in Los Angeles Review, Front Porch, the Barely South Review, Switchback, and elsewhere, earning notable mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Essays.  Follow her on Instagram @HeatherKFrese

The Baddest Girl on The Planet (Blair). Evie Austin has not lived her life in a straight line. There have been several detours—career snafus, bad romantic choices, a loved but unplanned child—plus her ill-advised lifelong obsession with boxer Mike Tyson. This is the story of what the baddest girl on the planet must find in herself when a bag of pastries, a new lover, or quick trip to Vegas won’t fix anything, when she must learn from her relationships but also look within to navigate the decisions and turning points in redefining a new notion of herself.


Jason Mott is a novelist and poet. He received an BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of their 10 “New Hollywood: Next Wave” people to watch.ion of herself. Follow him on Twitter @jasonmott

Hell of a Book: A Novel (Dutton). An African-American author sets out on a cross-country book tour to promote his bestselling novel. That’s the book’s storyline and, the scaffolding of something much larger and more urgent. The novel also tells the story of Soot, a young Black boy living in a rural town in the recent past, and The Kid, a possibly imaginary child who appears to the author on his tour. A 2021 National Book Award Longlist Selection.


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Great Group Reads is WNBA National iniative of an annual collection of books ideal for reading groups. Hundreds of books are submitted to the GGR committee from publishers nationwide, in the categories of fiction, short stories, and memoirs. 

View the 2021 GGR full list and summaries

Download the 2021 GGR Flyer

QUESTIONS?  Please contact Susan Walker, National Reading Group Month Events Manager, susan.walker.books@gmail.com

Enter WNBA’s Fifth Annual Writing Contest! Deadline January 15, 2017

Our 2016-2017 Writing Contest is accepting submissions!


The contest began September 15, 2016
and will end January 15, 2017
Contest winners announced May 1, 2017

More details

Questions? Email Contest Chairperson: joan@joangelfand.com

First place winners receive $250.00.
There will be four awards in each category: 1, 2, 3, and Honorable Mention.
All four winners will be published in a special Contest Edition of the WNBA’s National Newsletter, The Bookwoman. All winners will be posted on the Women’s National Book Association website.

Entries are accepted in three categories:

3,000 word maximum length, no theme required

Creative Nonfiction/ Memoir:
2,500 word maximum

3-5 pages of poetry (double-spaced)

Each entry requires a small submission fee: $15 for WNBA members and $20 for non-members.  All entries will be read and judged as blind entries.

Submit your work online here

Open to WNBA members and non-members.  You may enter as many works as you wish, but each one requires an entry fee. If you have any questions, please email the contest chairperson  joan@joangelfand.com

Download the flyer


Brenda KnightBrenda Knight began her career at HarperCollins, working with luminaries Marianne Williamson,Huston Smith and Paolo Coelho. Knight served as publisher of Cleis Press and was awarded
IndieFab’s Publisher of the Year in 2014. Knight is the author of Wild Women and Books, Be a
Good in the World, and Women of the Beat Generation, which won an American Book Award.  Managing Director of Mango Media, she also serves as President of the Womens’ National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter.

Ellen UrbaniEllen Urbani is the author of the novel Landfall, a Women’s National Book Association Great Group Reads selection set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Her work has been profiled in the
Oscar-qualified short documentary film Paint Me a Future. A Southern expat now residing in Oregon, her pets will always be dawgs and her truest allegiance will always reside with the Crimson Tide.

Linda Joy MyersLinda Joy Myers
is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers. Her memoir Don’t Call Me Mother—A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award, a finalist in the IndieExcellence Awards, and won the BAIPA Gold Medal award.Linda offers workshops internationally, and helps people capture their stories through coaching, editing, and online workshops.

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 marygrey@twc.com.

Thank you!!

Pannell Award deadline extended to January 10 — be sure to nominate your favorite indie bookstores!

The Women’s National Book Association has announced January 10, 2014, as the new deadline for customers, sales reps, store personnel, or anyone else who is impressed with the work of a particular children’s specialty or general interest independent bookstore to submit nominations for the 2014 WBNA Pannell Award.

The award is presented annually at BookExpo America to a general independent bookstore and a children’s specialty that enhance their communities by employing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading in children and teenagers.

Nominations should be sent to PannellAward@gmail.com with the following information:

  • Name, e-mail address, and phone number of the person making the nomination
  • That person’s connection to the nominated store
  • A brief statement outlining the reasons the store is being nominated
  • Contact information for the owner or manager of the nominated store

Nominations are due by January 10, 2014, at which time a press release will be issued listing the nominees. Each nominated store will then put together an electronic submission with a description of its activities, goals, and contributions to the local community that involve young people and books. Photos, media coverage, letters from customers, and anything else that transmits the degree of contribution can be included in the submission. The Pannell Award jurors will notify the winners, as well as all nominated stores, sometime in the spring.

Each of the two winners will receive a $1,000 check and a framed signed original piece of art by a children’s illustrator during a presentation at the BEA/ABA Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, which draws more than 1,000 attendees.


WNBA National Announces the 2013 Pannell Award Nominees







February 15, 2013 /
Contact: Quinlan Lee, 

Since 1983, the Women’s National Book Association has awarded one of the most prestigious honors in children’s bookselling.  Given annually at BookExpo America’s Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, the WNBA Pannell Award recognizes bookstores that enhance their communities by bringing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading in their young patrons.

Every year a panel of publishing professionals selects two winners of the award—one a general bookstore and one a children’s specialty bookstore.  The store nominations come from customers, sales reps,  store personnel, or anyone who has been impressed with the work of a particular independent bookstore.  This year’s nominees are:

General Bookstore

Avid Book Shop, Athens, GA

Byrd’s Books, Bethel, CT

Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, MI

Newtonville Books, Newtonville, MA

Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

Main Street Books, Davidson, NC

Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA

Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC

Children’s Specialty Store

Books and Cookies, Santa Monica, CA

4 Kids Books & Toys, Zionsville, IN

Hooray for Books, Alexandria, VA

The Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI

The Voracious Reader, Larchmont, NY

Children’s Book World, Los Angeles, CA


The nominated store puts together an electronic submission with a description of activities, goals, or any contribution to the local community that involves young people and books. Photos, media coverage, letters from customers, or anything else that transmits the degree of contribution can be included in the submission. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2013.

The Pannell Award jurors for 2013 are:

        Cheryl Willis Hudson, vice president and editorial director of Just Us Books

        Andrew Karre, editorial director of Carolrhoda, an imprint of the Lerner Publishing Group

        Lisa von Drasek, curator of Children’s Literature Research Collections, Univ. of Minnesota

        Emma D. Dryden, children’s editorial and publishing consultant, Dryden Books

        Kelli Chipponeri, executive editor/children’s, Chronicle Books


 The jurors will make their decision by late April, and a phone call will notify the winners, as well as all stores sending submissions. Each of the two winners will receive a $1,000 check and a framed signed original piece of art by a children’s illustrator.  The presentation of the award will be in New York at the BEA/ABA Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, which draws more than 1,000 attendees.


Along with WNBA, Penguin Young Readers Group co-sponsors the award.  Founded in 1917, WNBA is a national organization of women and men who promote the value to the written word by championing the role of women in the book community and by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information relating to the written word.   www.wnba-books.org

Author Ann Patchett Wins 2012 WNBA Award

The Women’s National Book Association has announced Ann Patchett as the winner of the 2012-2013 WNBA Award. The award is presented by WNBA to a living American woman who derives part or all of her income from books or the allied arts and has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation. Patchett, in addition to authoring a number of bestselling books, opened the independent bookstore Parnassus Books in Nashville in 2011.