Meet Our Nashville Chapter President

Greetings! 2017 is off to a great start, and it promises to be a special year for WNBA as we celebrate our 100th anniversary in November. There will be celebrations by all our chapters throughout the year, culminating in a weekend event in New York City, where the first chapter was formed.

Nashville’s Celebration will be in November and December 2017 at our regular meetings—plans are underway for fabulous programs celebrating women and the written word. Stay tuned for more information.

In the meantime, plan to join us the first Thursday of the month for fellowship with other book lovers, including writers, book professionals, and readers, along with a short program related to books. A list of upcoming programs can be found here on our website. Please make plans to join us.

My involvement with WNBA began in 1991 when I visited with longtime WNBA member Carolyn Wilson to discuss a career change to library sciences. Even though I ultimately went in a different direction (nonprofit administration), Carolyn emailed me several months later and recruited me to manage the Signing Colonnade for the Southern Festival of Books. And the rest is history—I managed the area for many years but I didn’t actually join WNBA until I began working for Humanities Tennessee in the early 2000s.

I have been an avid reader from the time I was a small child. I majored in English in college and used my writing skills when I entered the fundraising field. I am one of those WNBA members who joined because I am a reader and I love learning about books. Every meeting I have an opportunity to find out what others are reading and I invariably come away with two to three new books on my to-read list.

Members are the lifeblood of WNBA and each and every member, whether in the book industry or not, is a reader—that’s what I love about it.

Here’s to an outstanding 2017 filled with lots of great books and interactions with one another.

–Barbie Chadwick, WNBA-Nashville President

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