A MESSAGE FROM BETH

Hello WNBA Nashville,

A new year for WNBA has begun and we are looking forward to another year of excellent programs starting September 5th with Gail Vinett and Nicole Robinson-Hamilton giving us a preview of the highlights of the Southern Festival of Books, Yes, it’s right around the corner.

Please take a moment and renew your membership. The membership year runs June 1 to May 31 and the cost is $40.

If you have any questions, contact Nancy Dickinson.

Also, we are working on updating our Meet our Members section of the website. Submit a short paragraph (100 words or less) about yourself, and if you have a photo or website link to include, please do so. Send it to our webmaster: Jackie Belair.

Hope everyone is having a lovely summer! Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Beth

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Young Adult Fiction: It’s Not Just for the Young

Last year’s Mystery Panel at the Green Hills Library was a huge success and we just know that this year’s topic Young Adult Fiction will be just as amazing. Join us Saturday, February 23, 2019 to learn why young adult fiction is not just for the young from award winning YA authors Tracy Barrett and Sharon Cameron.

Tracy Barrett has written more than twenty books for children and young adults. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medieval women writers led to the writing of her first novel, the award-winning Anna of Byzantium (Delacorte). Her most recent publications are a contemporary YA novel, Freefall Summer, which draws on her own skydiving adventures; a middle-grade fantasy entitled Marabel and the Book of Fate; The Song of Orpheus: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard, a collection of little-known Greek myths; and the popular middle-grade series The Sherlock Files.

Sharon Cameron was born and raised in Nashville. She has been a classical piano teacher, a full-time mom, a part-time genealogist, chair of a non-profit for local theater group and a coordinator of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Midsouth Conference. Her most recent book, The Forgetting hit #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list for ebooks. Her other works include Rook, A Spark Unseen, and The Dark Unwinding.


This event is FREE; sponsored by the Nashville Public Library & the Women’s National Book Association-Nashville Chapter.

Nashville Public Library Green Hills
3701 Benham Ave, Nashville, TN 37215
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10:30-12

WNBA Nashville Donates 125 Books to Book’em

We are so happy to say that we collected 125 books for Book’em at our November program. Book’em is such an amazing organization that is helping to ignite children’s passion for reading through book ownership. They envision a future in Nashville where all children own books and know first-hand the joy and value of reading. We are happy to work with them and greatly appreciate the generosity of all of our members.

Coffee with Authors 2018

Sign Up Here

One of our favorite events of the year, the Southern Festival of Books, is coming soon, and it’s time to reserve your spot at one of our favorite events at the festival.

Coffee with Authors

Saturday, October 13, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
(check-in and coffee from 9 – 9:30)
Nashville Public Library Auditorium
Library doors opens at 9:00 a.m.

This year’s panel will be moderated by Mary Laura Philpott and feature authors:

Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

Abigail DeWitt, News of Our Loved Ones

Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers

Wayetu Moore, She Would Be King

The event is free, but we ask that you make a reservation to be sure you have a seat. To reserve your spot, please visit our Eventbrite page.

Coffee With Authors is presented by the Women’s National Book Association, celebrating 100 years of Connecting, Educating, Advocating and Leading since 1917!

For more information about the Southern Festival of Books, go to: http://humanitiestennessee.org/programs/southern-festival-books-celebration-written-word

Ami McConnell Writes Book with Actress Candace Cameron Bure

We are very excited to announce that one of our very own members, Ami McConnell Abston, has a new book coming out with Candace Cameron Bure! Read more about it in The Tennesseanpublished March 8, 2018.

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.

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:

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.

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.”

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!