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!

Shop and Support WNBA with AmazonSmile

The Women’s National Book Association, Nashville Chapter, participates in the AmazonSmile program. Please use our AmazonSmile link when doing your Amazon shopping and help support our nonprofit organization. When you click on this link, you will be asked if you want to support the WNBA Nashville Chapter through your purchases at Amazon. After you answer yes, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to our organization. Thanks in advance for your support!

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.

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.

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. 

Member Pat Ballard’s Story in New Chicken Soup for the Soul

chicken-soup-for-the-soulWNBA Nashville member Pat Ballard is one of 101 contributors to the new book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Curvy & Confident. This is 373 pages of inspiring personal stories of women & men who have learned to accept and love their larger bodies, or the bodies of someone they love. The title will be released on December 27, 2016.

Book’em Used Book Giveaway

bookem-2015-logoOn December 10, Book’em is holding a Used Book Giveaway open to teachers and organizations serving low-income youth. The event will be held at 161 Rains Avenue in Nashville from 9 am – 2 pm. If you have questions or need more information, email Cameron@bookem-kids.org or call 615-255-1820.

Dana Carpenter Book Signing

bohemian-gospelThe Who Picked This Book? Club is happy to have WNBA-Nashville member Dana Carpenter, Associate Professor of English, join us on November 8 at 3:30 in Beaman 209 at Lipscomb University to talk about her novel Bohemian Gospel. Stick around afterwards for a reception and book signing at 5:00 p.m., with more opportunities to hear from Dr. Carpenter about this award-winning work.
 
Thirteenth-century Bohemia is a dangerous place for a girl, especially one as odd as MOUSE, born with unnatural senses and an uncanny intellect. Some call her a witch. Some call her angel. Mouse doesn’t know what—or who—she is, but she means to find out.
 
Set against the historical reign of the Golden and Iron King, Bohemian Gospel tracks Mouse’s quest to discover her past and to define her destiny. But is she prepared for the truth she unearths and the future that awaits her?”
 
Contact Elizabeth Heffington with questions!