Meetings and Events
Upcoming Chapter Meetings Our monthly meetings are held the first Thursday of the month from September through April, except for October and January, at Jonathan's Grille in Nashville. The programs start at 6:00 p.m., with many arriving at 5:00 p.m. to enjoy networking. Our Fall meeting schedule is: September 8 (Thursday) - Discussion of Authors and Programs to see at Southern Festival of Books, presented by the Nashville chapter's immediate past president, Gail Vinett. October 15 (Saturday) … Read More...
The Women’s National Book Association, Nashville Chapter, participates in the AmazonSmile program. Please use our AmazonSmile link when doing your Amazon shopping and help support our nonprofit organization. When you click on this link, you will be asked if you want to support the WNBA Nashville Chapter through your purchases at Amazon. After you answer… Read More
One of the signature programs of our Centennial is Celebrating Women’s Voices, two book lists—in fiction/memoir/poetry and in nonfiction—that the WNBA community considers to be the most influential books penned by American women. To learn more about the WNBA’s Centennial Celebration, visit the WNBA Centennial website at www.wnba-centennial.org. To view the nonfiction list, click here…. Read More
Acclaimed author Ann Patchett will read from her novel, Commonwealth, Thursday, Jan. 26, as part of the Gertrude and Harold S. Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series, which is housed within the English department’s Creative Writing Program. Patchett’s reading and book signing, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held in the Vanderbilt Central Library’s Community Room. Patchett has written six other novels—The Patron Saint… Read More
Benefits of Membership: Learn about trends in the world of books and participate in our informative programs Attend members-only events such as the Holiday Dinner and Garden Party Publicize your work through our website, newsletters, and news flashes Be listed in the Nashville chapter directory and receive a printed copy Network and socialize with like-minded book lovers Connect with colleagues nationwide through the national WNBA members-only directory Receive the Nashville News … Read More...
Meet Our President
Greetings! 2017 is off to a great start, and it promises to be a special year for WNBA as we celebrate our 100th anniversary in November. There will be celebrations by all our chapters throughout the year, culminating in a weekend event in New York City, where the first chapter was formed.
Nashville’s Celebration will be in November and December 2017 at our regular meetings—plans are underway for fabulous programs celebrating women and the written word. Stay tuned for more information.
In the meantime, plan to join us the first Thursday of the month for fellowship with other book lovers, including writers, book professionals, and readers, along with a short program related to books. A list of upcoming programs can be found here on our website. Please make plans to join us.
My involvement with WNBA began in 1991 when I visited with longtime WNBA member Carolyn Wilson to discuss a career change to library sciences. Even though I ultimately went in a different direction (nonprofit administration), Carolyn emailed me several months later and recruited me to manage the Signing Colonnade for the Southern Festival of Books. And the rest is history—I managed the area for many years but I didn’t actually join WNBA until I began working for Humanities Tennessee in the early 2000s.
I have been an avid reader from the time I was a small child. I majored in English in college and used my writing skills when I entered the fundraising field. I am one of those WNBA members who joined because I am a reader and I love learning about books. Every meeting I have an opportunity to find out what others are reading and I invariably come away with two to three new books on my to-read list.
Members are the lifeblood of WNBA and each and every member, whether in the book industry or not, is a reader—that’s what I love about it.
Here’s to an outstanding 2017 filled with lots of great books and interactions with one another.
–Barbie Chadwick, WNBA-Nashville President