2018 WNBA Writing Contest

Writing Pen and PaperNow accepting submissions through March 1, 2018

Fiction | Creative Non-fiction/ Memoir | Poetry | YA Fiction 

$250 cash prizes for the winner in each category and publication in The Bookwoman.

For more information, including Submission fees and guidelines, visit our national website and click on the Awards and Contests tab.

Holiday Dinner Sign-up

Please join us on Thursday, December 7, for our annual Holiday Dinner celebration for our members and their guests. The dinner will be at Carraba’s Italian Grill, Green Hills Mall and will begin at 5:30 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Davidson County Historian, Carole Bucy discussing Tennessee Women in 1917. For more information, please visit our Holiday Dinner page.

November Book Discussion Group

On Saturday, November 18, from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. we will be discussing The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. This thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. It is a powerful story about a family separated by circumstances, culture, and distance and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters. Beth Frerking will be leading the discussion.

We partner with the Nashville Public Library and hold our meetings at the Richland Park Library on Charlotte Avenue. 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.

 

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!