November 2 Meeting – Dr. Susan Ford Wiltshire

Please join us on Thursday, November 2, when Dr. Susan Ford Wiltshire, Vanderbilt Professor of Classical Studies Emerita, will present “Stories, Stages, Situations.” In forty years as a Classics professor, Wiltshire published books on Vergil’s Aeneid, the Bill of Rights, an AIDS memoir, a study of mentoring, short stories, and a collection of poetry. This apparent diversity coheres because Susan sees all writing as storytelling. The stories come from what we have read, seen, and lived in various stages and situations.

We meet at Jonathan’s in Green Hills, with our program, which is free and open to the public, beginning at 6 p.m. Arrive early to mingle with attendees, starting at 5:00, maybe order a bite to eat. Bring a friend!

“Guiding spirits slip in and out of Susan Ford Wiltshire’s luminous world. Because Wiltshire has a gentle, reverent heart, she finds them in likely and unlikely places—texts ancient and contemporary, art in every form or guise, new friends and old. Because she has a tough, resilient mind, she invites them to lead her into new and richer modes of being.” –Celia Morris, author of Fanny Wright: Rebel in America.

Coffee with Authors – 2017

It is time for a favorite event of the year for book lovers, Southern Festival of Books, brought to you by one of our favorites, Humanities Tennessee.  Here’s another favorite, our Coffee with Authors event, co-sponsored with the Nashville Public Library, so get your reservations in early.  The event is Saturday, October 14 starting at 9:30 at the Nashville Public Library Auditorium. Check-in and coffee are from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Please check our National Reading Group Month page for more information.

 

No Monthly Meeting in October

Please note that there will be no monthly meeting the first Thursday in October. Instead, please join us at the Coffee with Authors event at the Southern Festival of Books. 

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.