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 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!

November 1 – Kelly Oliver Book Signing

coyoteWNBA-Nashville member Kelly Oliver, Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, will be at Parnassus Books on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30, discussing and signing her new book, Coyote. 

Emma Alford’s Poetry Chapbook

WNBA-Nashville member Emma Alford’s poetry chapbook, Stamped, published by Finishing Line Press, can be purchased through the press and Amazon. Or Emma can personalize the book when you order through She’ll also be glad to meet you in person!

“In short, this is a collection of poems written to my late best friend,” says Emma. “Some of the poems are responses to postcards from my friend, which are also displayed in the chapbook. It is very dear to my heart.” 



WNBA Writing Contest

Writing Pen and PaperSubmissions are being accepted now 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.

Coffee with Authors 2016

The annual Coffee with Authors event was held Saturday morning during the Southern Festival of Books at the Nashville Public Library. Seated below are authors Curtis Sittenfeld Eligible; Danielle Dutton Margaret the First; Adam Haslett Imagine Me Gone; Yaa Gyasi Homegoing; and moderator Mary Laura Philpott. (photo credit: Kay Tyler) Those in attendance received Book Bags filled with several books plus other book-related goodies.


Southern Festival of Books – WNBA Booth

sfob-booth-2016-1Be sure to check out our booth at the Southern Festival of Books this weekend (October 14 – 16). We have some great book-related items for sale, plus information about our organization. And some of our Nashville members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Hope to see you there!




(Photo by Kay Tyler)

Great Group Reads Selections – 2016

Great Group Reads LogoThe Great Group Reads Selections for 2016 have been announced. Check out the list on the National Reading Group Month website.



WNBA Writing Contest Now Open


Writing contest WNBA-Nashville chapterEntries are being accepted now through January 15, 2017, for the Fifth Annual WNBA Writing Contest. Categories are:

Includes short fiction, novel excerpts and flash fiction – 3,000 words maximum.

Includes memoir, personal essay and commentary.
2,500 words maximum.

3-5 pages of poetry.

WNBA members: $15 per entry
Non-members: $20 per entry

Submit your entries here.
For more information about the writing contest, judges, and past winners, check out our national website.