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.

Meet a Member: Beth Frerking

Beth Frerking

As a high-school librarian, connecting young people with books and supporting literacy is my professional mission. As a teacher and then a librarian, I’ve been fortunate to work with students from the North Slope of Alaska to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Like travel, good books challenge, excite, and inspire curiosity. These days, I’m a librarian at Clarksville High School where I continue to find it rewarding to work with the next generation of readers. I also find it tremendously reassuring that there are lots of them.

I consider myself lucky to live in such a great city for readers. Until I lived in Nashville I would have thought to myself, that’s an odd statement–reading can be done anywhere.  That’s true, but it is certainly invigorating to be a part of a great reading community. About five or six years ago, I picked up a WNBA brochure in the public library, thought it sounded interesting, and attended my first meeting. Now each fall I love hearing about the authors coming to the Southern Festival of Books, and the Spring Picks Program is always a treat. Each April I come away armed with my summer reading list, ready to head into summer. It is fantastic to hear what so many smart, well-read women are reading. So many brains to pick!

Through WNBA, I’ve also enjoyed the opportunity to be a reader for the Great Group Reads list. Each October, WNBA sponsors National Reading Group Month, which celebrates the joy of shared reading, and publishes the Great Group Reads list. The 2016 list can be found here: http://www.nationalreadinggroupmonth.org/ggr_selections.html. Keep your eyes open for the 2017 list. It will be out in time for this October’s celebration.

Being involved with WNBA has allowed me to help support literacy in my community. As WNBA’s mission states, we are about promoting reading and supporting literacy, and connecting the book community. I look forward to serving as president in 2018-19.

May Book Group Discussion

Please join us Saturday, May 13 at 10:15 at the Richland Library as we discuss Kick Kennedy-The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of the Favorite Kennedy Daughter by Barbara Leaming. 
 
Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy was the incandescent life force of the fabled Kennedy family,  her father’s acknowledged “favorite of all the children” and her brother Jack’s “psychological twin.”
 

Bestselling and award-winning biographer Barbara Leaming draws on her unique access to firsthand accounts, extensive conversations with many of the key players, and previously unseen sources to transport us to another world, one of immense wealth, arcane rituals and rules, glamour and tragedy.  It was a world of dukes and duchesses, of grand houses, of country house weekends and of wild rich boys, but it was also a world of blood, war, and immeasurable loss. This is a coming-of-age story of the female star of the Kennedy family.

May 4 Meeting – Garden Party

  • Our annual Garden Party is Thursday, May 4, staring at 5:30 p.m. This is a time for members and their guests to connect with one another and celebrate another great year with WNBA. The party is hosted by the Nashville board, who provides drinks and appetizers. New This Year: Book Swap: If you have a book or two you’d like to pass on, please bring them, along with an accompanying note about what you liked—or not—about the book(s). Members will receive directions to the party via email. We hope to see you there.

April 29 is Poet’s Day at Williamson Co. Library!

POETS’ DAY: April 29 from 10 am to 3:30 pm at the Williamson County Public Library, Franklin, TN. There will be open MIC Poetry Reading. The event is free and open to the Public.
 
Organized by Poets From The Neighborhood (PFTN) as part of POETRY MONTH celebration!