Join us on Oct 12th at Mugs Charlotte

Chapter Members, join us LIVE for our
GREAT GROUP READS BOOKCLUB MEETUP

Tuesday, October 12th, 7:00pm
Mugs Coffee, 5126 Park Rd, Charlotte

 

Please rsvp if you wish to attend or vote on books.

RSVP HERE

Join us in picking our book club choices for December 2021 to September 2022. 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 GGR Selection Committee focuses attention on under-represented books from independent presses and mid- list releases from larger houses. 


WHEN DOES THE CHARLOTTE CHAPTER BOOKCLUB MEET?

After books are selected and assigned, the WNBA-Charlotte’s Bookclub will meet the first Tuesday of every month, from November to September. Meetups will be from 7-8:30pm at Mugs Coffee Shop. Should there be a need to, for social distancing purposes, meet ups will be virtual on Zoom and chapter members will know in advance. Titles are picked and scheduled at the October 12th meetup. The list and schedule distributed to members asap.

 

WHAT ARE THE 2021 TITLES?
There were 20 titles selected, in the genres of fiction, short stories and memoir (we will choose to read to).

After Francesco by Brian Malloy (John Scognamiglio Books, HC) LGBT, Contemporary Fiction, Own Voices, AIDS Epidemic

All Sorrows Can Be Borne by Autumn Stephens (Rare Bird Books, HC) Saga, Coming-of-Age, Family Life

All the Young Men by Ruth Coker Burks (Grove Press, TP) Memoir, LGBT, Aids Epidemic, Personal Activism

The Baddest Girl on the Planet by Heather Frese (Blair, HC) Southern Fiction, Small Town/Rural Fiction

A Girl is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Tin House Books, TP) Coming-of-Age, Japanese History, Historical Fiction

Hell of a Book by Jason Mott (Dutton, HC) African-American Literary Fiction, Southern U.S.

Mona at Sea by Elizabeth Gonzalez James (Santa Fe Writer’s Project, TP) Coming of Age, Latinx

The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai (Algonquin, TP) Coming of Age,Vietnamese, Cultural Heritage

No Hiding in Boise by Kim Hooper (Keylight Books, TP) Literary, Psychological

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot: A Novel by Marianne Cronin (Harper Perennial, TP) Friendship, Women’s Fiction

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslian Charles (Atria, HC) Historical [WWII] Fiction, Women’s Fiction

The Parted Earth by Anjali Enjeti (Hub City Press, HC) Literary, Asian-American, Cultural Heritage

The Portrait: A Novel by Ilaria Bernardini (Pegasus Books, HC) Women’s Fiction, Family Life

The Prince of Mournful Thoughts and Other Stories by Caroline Kim (U. Of Pittsburgh Press, HC) Asian-American, Short Story Collection

A Recipe for Daphne by Nektaria Anastasiadou (Hoopoe, TP) Cultural Heritage, Women’s Fiction

The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson (Milkweed Editions, TP) Native American History, Aboriginal History, Nature & the Environment

The Son of the House by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia (Dundurn Group, TP) Literary, Women’s Fiction, Cultural Heritage

The Third Mrs. Galway by Deirdre Sinnott (Kaylie Jones Books, HC) Hist. Fiction, Civil War Era, Women’s Fiction

When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson (Kensington, TP) Biographical Fiction, Middle Eastern

Why Birds Sing by Nina Berkhout (ECW Press, TP) Family Life, Women’s Fiction

 

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.

2021 Fall Kick-Off & Networking Party

Members and Friends,

Please join us at our

Annual Fall Kick-Off & Networking Party

Monday, September 27, 2021
6:30 – 8:30 PM
BURTONS GRILL & BAR, 1601 E. Woodlawn Rd. (Park Road Shopping Center), Charlotte

RSVP

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

Find out what’s ahead for 2021-22, and how to get more involved!

Novel Picks for Spring and Beyond; Our Spring Book & Author Panel

Join us Wednesday, April 7th for
NOVEL PICKS FOR SPRING & BEYOND
7:00-8:30pm EST
Hosted on Zoom
REGISTER HERE

Do you enjoy women’s fiction that’s humorous, contains family drama, ethical dilemmas, perhaps, a complicated romance? But above all, has an intelligent, female protagonist–one who works in an innovative field such as medicine, robotic engineering, or radio production (to name a few)?

We’ll talk with three authors of stand-out trade paperback novels, plus a publishing insider who will give insight and advice on the trade fiction sales and marketing of today.

BOOK RAFFLE! Three lucky attendees will each get a panelist’s novel, compliments of the chapter!

PANELISTS

SARAH ARCHER  is a Black List Screenwriting Mini-Lab fellow who has had material produced for Comedy Central and published short stories and poetry in numerous literary magazines. In Los Angeles, she worked in literary management and development on projects including House, Concussion, Roots, and Girls Trip. Sarah currently lives in Concord, NC, and has been a WNBA member since 2019. Follow her on Instagram @SarahArcherM and on Twitter @saraharcherwrites.

The Plus One (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $16.00 TP). Kelly is 29, a brilliant robotics engineer, and perpetually single. When her younger sister’s wedding looms and her attempts to find a date fail, Kelly does the only logical thing: she builds her own boyfriend.
Ethan is gorgeous, attentive, and smart, with a mechanical heart endlessly devoted to her. Not to mention he’s good with her mother. When she’s with him, Kelly discovers a more confident, spontaneous version of herself–the person she’d always dreamed she could be. But as the struggle to keep Ethan’s identity secret threatens to detonate her career, Kelly knows she has to kiss her perfect man good-bye. There’s just one problem: she’s falling for him.

 

MADI SINHA is a writer and practicing physician who loves the nervous system, bookshops, tea with milk and snarky conversation (but not necessarily in that order). She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.​ White Coat Diaries is her debut novel. Follow her on Instagram @MadiSinha and on Twitter @MadiSinha.

The White Coat Diaries (Berkeley, $16.00 TP). Norah Kapadia has landed the medical residency of her dreams. But it’s not long before disgruntled patients, sleep deprivation, and her duty to be the “perfect Indian daughter” have her questioning her future as a doctor.
Enter chief resident Ethan Cantor. He’s everything Norah aspires to be: respected by the attending physicians, calm during emergencies, and charismatic with his patients. And as he morphs from Norah’s mentor to something more, it seems her luck is finally changing. But when a fatal medical mistake is made, pulling Norah into a cover-up, she must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect the secret. What if “doing no harm” means putting herself at risk?

 

SOPHIE SULLIVAN writes around her day job as a teacher and spends her spare time with her sweet family watching reruns of Friends. Ten Rules For Faking It is Sophie’s debut novel, but she’s written several cozy mysteries and romance series as her alter ego, Jody Holford. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Follow her on Instagram at @authorsophiesullivan and on Twitter @SophieSwrites.

Ten Rules for Faking It (Griffin, $16.99 TP). Radio Producer Everly Dean is having the worst birthday. She’s caught her boyfriend cheating on her with his assistant, such a cliche! She won’t, however, let her anxiety hold her back–she will pitch her podcast idea to her boss. There’s just one problem. Her boss, Chris, is very cute. Also, he’s extremely distant (which means he hates her, right? Or is that the anxiety talking)? And, Stacey the DJ didn’t mute the mic during Everly’s rant about Simon the Snake (syn: Cheating Ex).
Suddenly, people are lining up to date her, Bachelorette-style, fans are voting, and her interest in Chris might be a two-way street. Its a lot for a woman who could gold medal in people-avoidance. She’s going to have to fake it till she makes it to get through all of this. Perhaps she’ll make a list…

 

CARIN SIEGFRIED is the Mid-Atlantic Field Sales Representative for Macmillan Publishers. She has worked in the book industry for over two decades; past positions include Sales Manager at Soho Books, and Category Manager at Baker & Taylor. In 2009,

Carin co-founded the WNBA Charlotte Chapter, serving as President. She served as President of WNBA National from 2014 to 2016. Follow her on Twitter @CarinBookbinder.

BOOK RAFFLE * AUTHOR INTERVIEWS * Q&A ABOUT THE BOOK INDUSTRY * TAPED FOR FACEBOOK

REGISTER HERE

HAPPY NEW YEAR, WELCOME 2021

Please view our array books, written by Chapter Members!

 

Authors: Nicole Ayers; Sandy Altschuler, Carolina Aponte, Sarah Archer, Sarah Blanchard, Carla A. Carlisle, Shawn Keller-Cooper, Patt Fero, KC Freeman, Judy Goldberg, Maureen Ryan Griffin, Nancy Howie

 

Authors: Holly Hughes, Juanita Jackson, Renee Johnson, Lisa Kinkleman, Bridgett Langson, MJ. Maddox, Paula Martinac, Vickie Morrow, Shamyra Parker

 

Authors: Emily Pearce, Janet Perkins, Linda Vigen Phillips, Nancy Werking Poling, Fabi Preslar, Lucy Sams, Maureen Sherbondy, Tyrra Turner, Laura Valtora, Sarah Thompson, Nancy White

 

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.

BIBLIOFEAST 2020

Join us as well celebrate National Reading Group Month and the newest Great Group reads collection!

 

Monday, October 19th, 7:00-8:30pm

Online Via Zoom

* Book Giveaways for Attendees *

* Author Readings and Q&A *

*Recorded for Facebook & More*

Our Annual Bibliofeast book & author event is a virtual format this year! Enjoy a panel discussion featuring four outstanding authors, and their 2020 Great Group Reads-chosen titles!

  • Donna Hemans, author of Tea by the Sea (Red Hen Press, TP)

    Summary: When Plum’s daughter is kidnapped at birth, by the baby’s father, she spends the next 17 years searching for her  With travels that extend from Jamaica to Brooklyn, this novel examines issues of parenthood, tragedy, identity, redemption, and betrayal.

     

  • Nancy Jensen author of In Our Midst (Dzanc Books, HC)

    Summary: In 1940s Indiana, community fear and suspicion has grown about German immigrants. Nina and Otto Aust and their sons are first separated by the FBI, then interrogated, and ultimately sent to an internment camp in this WWII-set historical fiction.

     

  • Christina Baker Kline author of The Exiles (Custom House, HC)

    Summary: Set in the early days of Australia, this is a story of three women: Two English convicts, and a young Aboriginal girl who’s taken from her people to be raised as a sort of pet by the governor and his wife. This novel takes on colonization, native peoples, and the determination that enabled them to persevere in the face of exile.

     

  • Sahar Mustafah author of The Beauty of Your Face (W.W. Norton, HC)

    Summary: High School principal Afaf Rahman hides as a shooter guns down students at a Muslim girls school in Chicago. The novel alternates between Afaf’s live account of the attack and flashbacks to childhood incidents, including the relationship with her mother, her sister’s disappearance, and her own discovery of the comfort of Islam. 

VIEW THE FULL 2020 GREAT GROUP LIST HERE 

Join us for our Fall 2020 Kick-Off event, Wed. 9/16

Want some great book & graphic novel titles this season for your bookshelf?

Find out by joining us for:

15 for the Fall
Diverse, Heroic, & Exciting Lit Picks, from the Queen City’s Top Indie Booksellers

Wednesday, September 16th, 7:00-8:30pm
Online via ZOOM  & posted on our Facebook Page

 

FULL TITLE LIST

RSVP Here

 

For our first Fall 2020 Event, WNBA-Charlotte welcomes reps to three Charlotte-based independent bookstores. We’ll ask them about their stores, strategies for sales and marketing during the “new normal”, and most importantly, to showcase top book picks for the Fall (15 in total)!

Discover new fiction, gothic thrillers, literary biography & memoir, women’s fiction & more.  Three lucky attendees will each get a book of their choice! Full booklist to be available before the event.

MEET THE PANEL


Shelves Bookstore, Charlotte, NCAbbigail Glen
 is the Owner of Shelves Bookstore.  After working for years in the field of Human Resources Abbigail opened her business in 2019 as a mobile/pop-up store, with scheduled stations at local businesses and events throughout the city. She currently sells online and hopes to open a brick-and-mortar store in the near future.
Shelves Bookstore is a pop-up, online bookstore, offering a curated selection of Adult, Children’s Middle School, and YA titles, featuring diverse authors and stories.

 

Heroes Aren't Hard to Find, Charlotte, NCKarla Southern is the Event & Media Coordinator for Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find. Prior to joining the store in 2012, Karla was a graphic designer at The Lincoln Times-News.
Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find opened in 1980 in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood. It is one of the top comic book retailers in the US. They carry comics, manga, graphic novels, collectibles and more. They have a big presence at local and national comic shows, and carry their own line of comic collecting supplies.

 

Meghan Anderson is the Event Coordinator & Bookseller at Park Road Books. Prior to jher current role, Meghan was a HS English teacher in Nashville, TN and a member of AmericaCorps.
Park Road Books opened in 1977, and is Charlotte NC’s sole independent, full-service bookstore. They host author events, as well as offer sales programs to local self-published authors and discounts to local bookclubs.

 

Titles Below. All available for purchase the presenter’s bookstore. Three lucky attendees will win a listed book of their choice! 

RSVP Here  

Presented by Abbigail Glen (owner, Shelves Bookstore)

  • Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (Atria, HC)

  • Betty by Tiffany McDaniel (Knopf, HC)

  • Bunheads by Misty Copeland (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, HC)

  • Dear Justyce by Nic Stone (Crown Books for Young Readers, HC)

  • Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson (Katherine Teagen Books, HC)

 

Presented by Meghan Anderson (Event Coordinator, Park Road Books)

 

Presented by Karla Southern (Event Coordinator, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find)*

*to order from Heroes, call 704.375.7462

  • Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden (First Second, TP)

  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Marino Tamaki (First Second, TP)

  • My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics, TP)

  • Paperbacks from Hell: the Twisted History of 70’s and 80’s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix (Quirk Books, TP)**

  • The Southern Bookclub’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (Quirk Books, TP)**

(**Picked by Rachel Feldman, WNBA Charlotte President. Order from these and other stores)

JOIN or RENEW by Sept. 21 (updated), and be entered in our booksellers raffle!

Members who join or renew by September 21st (updated :D), will be entered to win one of six $30.00 gift card from these Charlotte, NC booksellers! 

BOOK BUYERS, (Plaza Midwood), used books of all genres.

HEROES AREN’T HARD TO FIND (Elizabeth), comics, graphic novels, manga, specialty items, and collecting supplies.

MAIN STREET BOOKS  (Davidson), full service independent bookstore

PARK ROAD BOOKS (South Park), full-service independent bookstore

SHELVES BOOKSTORE, (Charlotte Metro-Area), mobile pop-up /online store featuring multicultural titles

THAT’S NOVEL, (Camp North End), used books, plus new books from select local authors

It’s our way of saying “Thank You” for your valued, important support at this time!  

Join or renew here! Thank You and Stay Safe!

Book Club VIRTUAL Meetup June 2nd

Come and discuss The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib (St. Martin’s, TP) 
Tuesday, June 2, 7:00pm
Virtually, on Zoom (rsvp)  

Synopsis: Anna Roux was a professional dancer who followed the man of her dreams from Paris to Missouri. There, alone with her biggest fears – imperfection, failure, loneliness – she spirals down anorexia and depression till she weighs a mere eighty-eight pounds. Forced to seek treatment, she is admitted into 17 Swann Street, a center for women with life-threatening eating disorders. Every bite causes anxiety. Every flavor induces guilt. And every step Anna takes toward recovery will require strength, endurance, and the support of the girls at 17 Swann Street.

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.

National Poetry Month 2020: Los Angeles 2025 by Sarah Archer

For National Poetry Month 2020, we present the Poetry and prose from our Members.

Los Angeles, 2025
by Sarah Archer 

The car door parts for you like lips.
All night this vessel has sketched a silver web
over the contained chaos of L.A., taking fares like lovers.
You are not the only one this hour, or on this corner;
a queue of feet bisects the block,
each pair’s face lit by its hand’s cool, compartmentalized glow.

Each man to machine neatly assigned,
algorithmic fate, calculated invisibly in the emptiness above your heads,
triangulated in the stars.
Yours murmurs you down the street on a current and a spell.

The city is gussied up tonight:
the street signs slick and skinny, the all-night
donuts awning hot, tawdry pink. Bars wink
from the strings of unlit storefronts like gold
in a fortune teller’s bow of teeth.
A rare recent rain has slicked motor oil to the skin
of the asphalt.  It glimmers off the curves
of Melrose like the tips of cigarettes.
Each scene flames out in a frame.

And everywhere the cars are streaming, gliding,
they zip perfectly around parabolas as if magnetized to a track,
they are clean as needles, dazzling in their voltaic wills,
they are everyone’s and no one’s,
they conceal us.

It feels good to own nothing,
you are pure, sanitary, as empty as a reflection.
You leave nothing but air.

Sarah Archer’s first novel, The Plus One was published in July 2019, by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Follow Sarah on Twitter @SarahArcherM