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.

No January Meeting

There will be no monthly meeting in January. The first meeting in 2017 will be on Thursday, February 2 at 6 pm at Jonathan’s Grille in Green Hills and will feature a discussion on cookbooks. We hope to see you there!

November WNBA Book Group Discussion

myreading_coverStarting as a childhood passion that bloomed into a life long companion, reading has been author Pat Conroy‘s portal to the world.  His legion of fans will bond with him as he explores the role of books in providing him with inspiration and solace.  The product of a dysfunctional family and a violent father, Conroy has said that “books saved his sanity.”  Join us to discuss My Reading Life on Saturday, November 12, at 10:15 am at The Richland Library.

Monthly Meeting – Thursday, November 3

leanne-smithPlease join us on Thursday, November 3, at Jonathan’s Grille at Green Hills Mall in Nashville to hear Leanne Smith, author and professor at Lipscomb University’s College of Business, discuss “Being a Writer – Getting It All Done.” 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. 

No Thursday 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. 

September 10 – Book Group Discussion

did-you-ever-have-a-family-9781476798189_lgThe first WNBA Book Group Discussion after the summer break will be Saturday, September 10, at the Richland Park Branch Library starting at 10:15. All discussions are free and open to the public.

The first book to be discussed is Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg.

In his masterly first novel, Bill Clegg introduces us to a character who experiences a tragedy. It is a quiet novel of grief and recovery. 

“A brilliantly constructed…novel set in the aftermath of catastrophic loss” (2015 Man Booker Prize Judges)