WNBA April Meeting – Spring Picks!

If you love books, you don’t want to miss our April monthly meeting. Please join us Thursday, April 6 at Jonathan’s Grille in Green Hills to hear about new books releasing this year. 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. (Gratuity is included in the food bill.)

WNBA Centennial Celebration

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. The fiction/memoir/poetry list is available for viewing here.

March 11 – WNBA Book Group Discussion

Please join us Saturday, March 11 at 10:15 at the Richland Library as we discuss A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold.

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.  In a matter of minutes, they would kill 12 students and a teacher, and wound 24 others before taking their own lives.  Written with unflinching honesty by Dylan Klebold’s mother, A Mother’s Reckoning is a powerful and haunting book that sheds light on one of the most pressing issues of our time. In the hope that the insights and understanding she has gained may help other families recognize when a child is in distress, she tells her story in full, drawing upon her personal journals, the videos and writings that Dylan left behind, and countless interviews with mental health experts.  This is a fascinating and in many ways, terrifying, book.

Member Dana Carpenter’s Book Signing

Member Dana Chamblee Carpenter will be reading and signing her new book, The Devil’s Bible, at Parnassus Books on Thursday, March 9 at 6:30.  Her debut novel, Bohemian Gospel, won Killer Nashville’s 2014 Claymore Award.  Dana teaches creative writing and American Literature at Lipscomb University.

Meet Our Nashville Chapter 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

March 2 – Women and the Civil War

Please join us Thursday, March 2 at Jonathan’s Grille in Green Hills for a panel discussion about Women and the Civil War featuring acclaimed historian James Lee McDonough and Jim Hoobler, Senior Curator of Art and Architecture at the Tennessee State Museum. 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.  

Dr. Veera S. Rajaratnam – Featured Poet at Scarritt Bennett February 23

Dr. Veera S. Rajaratnam has an exhibition, “Portraits, Poetry & Paintings,” at the Williamson County Public Library through January 31. In addition, she will be featured at the Poet’s Corner at Scarritt Bennett on February 23 at 7 p.m. Dr. Rajaratnam will be reading from her book Joy of Being www.joypoet.com.

Amy Lyles Wilson Teaching “Telling Your Story” Class

WNBA member Amy Lyles Wilson, a trained Amherst Writers and Artists facilitator and longtime workshop leader; and USN parent and writer Jessie Rosenblum will lead a two-night class at the University School of Nashville’s Evening Classes. The class, “Telling Your Story,” is designed to help the participants get their stories on paper and will be held on two consecutive Thursdays – March 2 and 9. Registration is being accepted at: http://www.eveningclasses.org

Ann Patchett Leads Off Spring 2017 Vanderbilt Visiting Writers

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 of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run and State of Wonder —and three nonfiction books—Truth & Beauty, What Now? and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

Her books have been both New York Times Notable Books and New York Times bestsellers. In addition, Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus Books and continues to be a prominent voice on the importance of independent booksellers.

Patchett will be introduced by Lorrie Moore, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English and a distinguished American fiction writer.

February 2: What’s Cooking with Tammy Algood and Amy Lyles Wilson

Writers Amy Lyles Wilson and Tammy Algood will discuss the ingredients needed for creating successful cookbooks. From researching recipes to developing compelling stories, they’ll share what they’ve learned from their experiences as cookbook authors, whether it’s taste testing or appearing on QVC. Algood is a viticulture and wholesale produce specialist for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Market Development Division. She has a bachelor’s of science from Mississippi State University and a master’s from Middle Tennessee State University. She writes about food for The Tennessean and The Tennessee Magazine, and has authored several cookbooks, including The Complete Southern Cookbook and Sunday Dinner in the South: Recipes to Keep Them Coming Back for More. Amy Lyles, a longtime workshop leader and teacher trained in the Amherst Writers and Artists method, has contributed to or co-authored nine books, including Bless Your Heart: Saving the World One Covered Dish at a Time, and You Be Sweet: Sharing Your Heart One Down-Home Dessert at a Time. She holds degrees from Millsaps College, the University of Mississippi, and Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and serves on the board of the Nashville chapter of WNBA.