Book Group Discussion Resumes September 16

The WNBA Book Group serves as a community outreach program open to all, connecting Nashville book lovers with the members and activities of WNBA. We partner with the Nashville Public Library and hold our meetings at the Richland Park Library on Charlotte Avenue on selected Saturday mornings from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. During the last few minutes of each meeting, everyone will have a chance to share information about any interesting books that they have read during the past few months. Our book discussion resumes after a summer break on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  Libby Simons will be leading a discussion of The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan. Please join us!

Meetings Resume September 7

Please join us Thursday, September 7 at Jonathan’s Grille in Green Hills for our annual presentation of authors to check out at the Southern Festival of Books. Gail Vinett, the immediate past president of the WNBA Nashville chapter, will discuss programs and authors you won’t want to miss. 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. 

Monthly Meetings Resume in September

Please note there will be no monthly meetings from June through August. Our meetings will resume the first Thursday in September. We look forward to seeing you then! In the meantime, if you need some recommendations for your summer reading list, check out these selections, located on our WNBA National Reading Group Month website, that are from our 2016 Great Group Reads list.

May Book Group Discussion

Please join us Saturday, May 13 at 10:15 at the Richland Library as we discuss Kick Kennedy-The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of the Favorite Kennedy Daughter by Barbara Leaming. 
 
Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy was the incandescent life force of the fabled Kennedy family,  her father’s acknowledged “favorite of all the children” and her brother Jack’s “psychological twin.”
 

Bestselling and award-winning biographer Barbara Leaming draws on her unique access to firsthand accounts, extensive conversations with many of the key players, and previously unseen sources to transport us to another world, one of immense wealth, arcane rituals and rules, glamour and tragedy.  It was a world of dukes and duchesses, of grand houses, of country house weekends and of wild rich boys, but it was also a world of blood, war, and immeasurable loss. This is a coming-of-age story of the female star of the Kennedy family.

May 4 Meeting – Garden Party

  • Our annual Garden Party is Thursday, May 4, staring at 5:30 p.m. This is a time for members and their guests to connect with one another and celebrate another great year with WNBA. The party is hosted by the Nashville board, who provides drinks and appetizers. New This Year: Book Swap: If you have a book or two you’d like to pass on, please bring them, along with an accompanying note about what you liked—or not—about the book(s). Members will receive directions to the party via email. We hope to see you there.

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.)

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.

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.  

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.