WNBA Centennial

As we come upon WNBA’s Centennial Celebrations in New York, the NYC blog team has put together some interesting information about WNBA’s founding year, 1917, and the books, poetry, fashions, and ideas that framed the lives of our founding members. These articles are from the NYC’s Blog Editor, Katherine Akey, and NYC Blogger, Allison Keene!
 
One Hundred Years: Centennial Events and 1917 Fashion:
 
One Hundred Years: First Meetings of 1917:
 
One Hundred Years: Bestselling Books of 1917:
 
One Hundred Years: War Poetry as Honest Media:

November 2 Meeting – Dr. Susan Ford Wiltshire

Please join us on Thursday, November 2, when Dr. Susan Ford Wiltshire, Vanderbilt Professor of Classical Studies Emerita, will present “Stories, Stages, Situations.” In forty years as a Classics professor, Wiltshire published books on Vergil’s Aeneid, the Bill of Rights, an AIDS memoir, a study of mentoring, short stories, and a collection of poetry. This apparent diversity coheres because Susan sees all writing as storytelling. The stories come from what we have read, seen, and lived in various stages and situations.

We meet at Jonathan’s in Green Hills, with our program, which is free and open to the public, beginning at 6 p.m. Arrive early to mingle with attendees, starting at 5:00, maybe order a bite to eat. Bring a friend!

“Guiding spirits slip in and out of Susan Ford Wiltshire’s luminous world. Because Wiltshire has a gentle, reverent heart, she finds them in likely and unlikely places—texts ancient and contemporary, art in every form or guise, new friends and old. Because she has a tough, resilient mind, she invites them to lead her into new and richer modes of being.” –Celia Morris, author of Fanny Wright: Rebel in America.

Coffee with Authors – 2017

It is time for a favorite event of the year for book lovers, Southern Festival of Books, brought to you by one of our favorites, Humanities Tennessee.  Here’s another favorite, our Coffee with Authors event, co-sponsored with the Nashville Public Library, so get your reservations in early.  The event is Saturday, October 14 starting at 9:30 at the Nashville Public Library Auditorium. Check-in and coffee are from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Please check our National Reading Group Month page for more information.

 

No Monthly Meeting in October

Please note that there will be no monthly meeting the first Thursday in October. Instead, please join us at the Coffee with Authors event at the Southern Festival of Books. 

Lauren Theuerkauf

Lauren joins us from Freeburg, Illinois. On why she joined the Nashville chapter, “I chose Nashville because as a child, my family used to vacation there all the time. Some of my favorite childhood memories come from Tennessee. I also love how Nashville embodies the true spirit of southern hospitality. Everyone is so kind and friendly. I love it!” 

Lauren’s book Priceless Penny chronicles one dog’s amazing journey from lonely stray to pampered pooch. Penny was abandoned by her previous owners and left to roam the streets of California alone. Soon, she was taken to a local high-kill shelter. Penny’s life was in great danger as her unique looks made her undesirable in the eyes of would-be adopters. Will Penny find someone who loves her just the way that she is? Penny has her own website: www.pricelesspennyp.com

Welcome to WNBA-Nashville, Lauren! 

WNBA Nashville Member Caitlin Hamilton Summie’s Book

Check out Caitlin Hamilton Summie’s book, To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts, a collection of short stories that, according to Peter Geye, author of Wintering, “Lay bare our vulnerabilities and desires and hopes in equal measure. The result is one stunning story after another, each as lovely and heartfelt as the one before.”

Member Lee Fairbend’s comment after reading Summie’s book: I loved it! I limited myself to reading one story a day in order to savor each one, although to be honest I read two one day. When I got to the last one I deliberately put off reading it, as I hated to have it end. What beautiful stories.

Caitlin has been a member off and on for three years, ever since she met us at a Coffee with Authors event when she represented one of our presenting authors. She lives in Knoxville and will be presenting during Southern Festival of Books this year.

Book Group Discussion Resumes September 16

The WNBA Book Group serves as a community outreach program open to all, connecting Nashville book lovers with the members and activities of WNBA. We partner with the Nashville Public Library and hold our meetings at the Richland Park Library on Charlotte Avenue on selected Saturday mornings from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. During the last few minutes of each meeting, everyone will have a chance to share information about any interesting books that they have read during the past few months. Our book discussion resumes after a summer break on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  Libby Simons will be leading a discussion of The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan. Please join us!

WNBA Second Century Prize to Little Free Library

In November of 1917, a group of women booksellers gathered at Sherwood’s Bookstore in New York City to form an organization of women active in all aspects of the book world. Having been shut out of the all-male American Booksellers Association and the Booksellers’ League, the women connected, educated, and advocated for themselves, and the Women’s National Book Association was born.

One of the signature programs of our Centennial is the awarding of the WNBA Second Century Prize, a $5,000 grant to an organization that supports the power of reading, past, present, and into the future. The one-time cash award will be given to the Little Free Library, a nonprofit organization that promotes reading for all ages, but especially children, by building free book exchanges.

Under the guidance of Second Century Prize co-chairs Mary Grey James and Susan Larson, nominations for the prize came from WNBA chapters throughout the country. A committee chose Little Free Library (LFL) based on its grassroots organization, which has impacted thousands of readers of all ages and backgrounds. LFL embodies the goals of the Women’s National Book Association by promoting literacy and the love of reading.

Little Free Library was founded in Hudson, Wisconsin, by Todd Bol to honor his mother, a school teacher. In just eight years the organization has become an international movement of mini-libraries sharing the message of “give one, take one.” LFL has over 50,000 libraries in 70+ countries with millions of books exchanged annually.

No longer known only for its charming small libraries placed in front yards and public spaces, it continuously develops new initiatives. The WNBA particularly applauds the LFL’s new Kids, Community, and Cops program, which helps police departments set up book exchanges in their precincts, and Action Book ClubTM, which encourages social engagement through shared reading—a commitment that resonates with the WNBA’s own National Reading Group Month program.

“This means so much,” said Todd Bol, creator and executive director of Little Free Library. “Little Free Library is about 90 percent women, so it really is a women’s movement, supporting friends and family and community.”

Meetings Resume September 7

Please join us Thursday, September 7 at Jonathan’s Grille in Green Hills for our annual presentation of authors to check out at the Southern Festival of Books. Gail Vinett, the immediate past president of the WNBA Nashville chapter, will discuss programs and authors you won’t want to miss. The program starts at 6:00 and is free and open to the public. Arrive early to network with members and guests, starting at 5:00. Meals and beverages are available for purchase if desired. 

Monthly Meetings Resume in September

Please note there will be no monthly meetings from June through August. Our meetings will resume the first Thursday in September. We look forward to seeing you then! In the meantime, if you need some recommendations for your summer reading list, check out these selections, located on our WNBA National Reading Group Month website, that are from our 2016 Great Group Reads list.