Mystery Panel – Saturday, February 24

Who does not love a mystery?  This genre boasts legions of fans.  To satisfy this love of traditional and cozy mysteries, the Women’s National Book Association offers a panel of our writers who have recently published books.  This panel will take place in the Green Hills Library Meeting Room on February 24, From 10:30-12 noon.  What a great way to spend a Saturday morning! 

The Death of a Rhinestone Cowboy  is written by a Nashville lawyer specializing in intellectual property law. Jenna Brown, (pseudonym for Lee Wilson) is also a lawyer who works on Music Row and encounters thrilling escapades in vistas familiar to Nashvillians.  You will meet songwriters,  musicians,  crooked cops, and conspiracies and murder. Jenna is currently at work on the next Jenna Brown mystery. When she is not writing mysteries, she writes legal books and creative non-fiction. 

Dana Chamblee Carpenter teaches creative writing and American literature at Lipscomb University. Her previous book in the Bohemian Trilogy  is Bohemian Gospel which was awarded the Killer Nashville 2014 Claymore Award. The Devil’s Bible introduces a mysterious Bible once considered the eighth wonder of the world. We meet Mouse as she desperately fights the battle between good and evil while sheltering the truth of this enigmatic book.

Phyllis Gobbell has written creative non-fiction and fiction, for which she was awarded Tennessee’s Individual Artist Literary Award.  When she is not working on the Jordan Mayfair Mystery Series she teaches at Nashville State Community College. Her first travel mystery Pursuit in Provence, introduced us to Jordan, whose intriguing tale of treachery took place in the beautiful French Provence. Secrets and Shamrocks evokes the many shades of the Irish green countryside that is marred by murder. The spring will bring another Jordan Mayfair journey in Italy.

Peggy O’Neal Peden’s debut mystery won the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition. Peggy also has taught at the high school and university levels, owned a travel agency, and wrote award-winning advertising copy.  Your Killin’ Heart brings to life country music stars and scenes with colorful Nashville figures in an intricate plot woven through Nashville’s famous music business. The charm of our beloved city flows throughout the book and the good guy wins in this  amusing and warm debut.

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.”

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

To view the nonfiction list, click here. The fiction/memoir/poetry list is available for viewing here.

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. 

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)

Remembering WNBA-Nashville Member Carolyn Daniel


Longtime member WNBA-Nashville member Carolyn Daniel lost her battle with leukemia recently. Fellow member Carolyn Wilson offers this remembrance:

“This is especially sad for me as much of my involvement with WNBA came through Carolyn. We were sister librarians working in several professional organizations. When I joined WNBA, Mary Lee Manier was president of our chapter and I had been in the organization just a short time when my husband, Larry, was diagnosed with cancer. For the next year and a half, I could barely keep my head above water so I was not very active. A few months after he died a group from WNBA, including Carolyn, came to see me. She was going into the chapter presidency and said she would do it if I would be her vice-president and program chair. I protested as I had a pretty full plate, but she convinced me I would like this group. And that was the beginning.

“For the first national board meeting, Carolyn had a conflict and asked me to go for her even though I felt completely unprepared. I went to national both years of Carolyn’s term and then my own terms and stayed on the board for nearly twenty years. Those years brought me so many dear friends. Carolyn was the consummate professional, highly esteemed. If you gave Carolyn a task it would be done well. I will miss here acutely. As was typical of Carolyn, she fought the leukemia and refused to give up until her body did it for her.”

WNBA-Nashville has made a memorial donation to honor Carolyn Daniel’s life.

Monthly Meeting, Thursday, September 8

SFB_2016Please join us Thursday, September 8 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

Great Group Reads LogoPlease 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 2015 Great Group Reads list.



WNBA National Board Meeting 2016 Recap

2016 Board MeetingThe new president for the New York City chapter, Hannah Bennett, wrote about her experiences attending her first WNBA national board meeting. The meeting, held in San Francisco this year, was hosted by the WNBA-San Francisco chapter who did a wonderful job arranging interesting meeting locations in different parts of the city and scouting out some great restaurants for meals. Read Hannah’s post on the

Pannell Award Winners – 2016

Women's National Book Association LogoCongratulations to our 2016 Pannell Award Winners, Brookline Booksmith in the General Bookstore category, located in Brookline, Massachusetts; and Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers in the Children’s Specialty Bookstore category, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Since 1983, the Women’s National Book Association has awarded one of the most prestigious honors in children’s bookselling. Along with WNBA, Penguin Young Readers Group co-sponsors the Pannell Award, which recognizes bookstores that enhance their communities by bringing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading. Given annually at BookExpo America’s Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, the winning stores each receive a check for $1,000 and a piece of original art from a children’s book illustrator. For more information, please visit