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.

WNBA Book Group Discussion January 14

Please join us January 14, 2017 at 10:15 at the Richland Library for our first book group discussion of the new year. Carol Copple will lead the discussion about The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides.

The story concerns three college friends from Brown University beginning in their senior year, 1982, and follows them during their first year after graduation.  Madeleine Hanna, an English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.  Two very different men become involved with Madeleine,  and events force all three to reevaluate everything they have learned.  

WNBA Writing Contest Deadline Extended

Writing Pen and PaperThe deadline for the WNBA Annual Writing Contest has been extended to February 15, 2017. Entries are currently being accepted in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction/Memoir, and Poetry. For more information, visit the National website, Awards & Contests.

Alana White’s Book Signing at Parnassus January 22

WNBA member Alana White is celebrating the release of the 25th Anniversary Edition of Come Next Spring with a signing at Parnassus Books in Nashville on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.  “Alana White’s classic novel Come Next Spring is as fresh and moving as when I first read it. Its mountain setting is evocative and faithfully rendered, and its theme—a lively adolescent girl’s difficulty accepting inevitable change in her life—is even more important today. Salina will steal a piece of your heart.”  —LEE SMITH, Bestselling Author of Fair and Tender Ladies

WNBA National Newsletter Chapter & News Edition

The latest Bookwoman with news about WNBA’s chapters across the country is now available on the WNBA National website. Click here to access The Bookwoman page on the national website and then click the link for the latest edition. 

Please note that a picture of Nashville member Carolyn Wilson was inadvertently included with the news about Carolyn Daniel’s passing. The picture will be replaced with a picture of Carolyn Daniel in the archived edition. 

No January Meeting

There will be no monthly meeting in January. The first meeting in 2017 will be on Thursday, February 2 at 6 pm at Jonathan’s Grille in Green Hills and will feature a discussion on cookbooks. We hope to see you there!

Writing Contest Closes January 15, 2017

Writing Pen and PaperSubmissions are being accepted through January 17, 2017, for the 5th annual WNBA Writing Contest.


  • First place winners receive $250
  • There will be four awards in each category: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention
  • All four winners will be published in a special Contest Edition of the WNBA’s National Newsletter, The Bookwoman
  • Winners announced May 1, 2017. All winners will be posted on the Women’s National Book Association website


3,000 word maximum length, no theme required

Creative Nonfiction/ Memoir:
2,500 word maximum

3-5 pages of poetry (double-spaced)

Submit your work online here

$15 per submission for members, $20 per submission for non-members.