Young Adult Fiction: It’s Not Just for the Young

Last year’s Mystery Panel at the Green Hills Library was a huge success and we just know that this year’s topic Young Adult Fiction will be just as amazing. Join us Saturday, February 23, 2019 to learn why young adult fiction is not just for the young from award winning YA authors Tracy Barrett and Sharon Cameron.

Tracy Barrett has written more than twenty books for children and young adults. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medieval women writers led to the writing of her first novel, the award-winning Anna of Byzantium (Delacorte). Her most recent publications are a contemporary YA novel, Freefall Summer, which draws on her own skydiving adventures; a middle-grade fantasy entitled Marabel and the Book of Fate; The Song of Orpheus: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard, a collection of little-known Greek myths; and the popular middle-grade series The Sherlock Files.

Sharon Cameron was born and raised in Nashville. She has been a classical piano teacher, a full-time mom, a part-time genealogist, chair of a non-profit for local theater group and a coordinator of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Midsouth Conference. Her most recent book, The Forgetting hit #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list for ebooks. Her other works include Rook, A Spark Unseen, and The Dark Unwinding.

This event is FREE; sponsored by the Nashville Public Library & the Women’s National Book Association-Nashville Chapter.

Nashville Public Library Green Hills
3701 Benham Ave, Nashville, TN 37215
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10:30-12

WNBA Writing Contest Deadline Extended

Writing Pen and PaperThe deadline for the WNBA Annual Writing Contest has been extended to February 15, 2017. Entries are currently being accepted in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction/Memoir, and Poetry. For more information, visit the National website, Awards & Contests.

Alana White’s Book Signing at Parnassus January 22

WNBA member Alana White is celebrating the release of the 25th Anniversary Edition of Come Next Spring with a signing at Parnassus Books in Nashville on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.  “Alana White’s classic novel Come Next Spring is as fresh and moving as when I first read it. Its mountain setting is evocative and faithfully rendered, and its theme—a lively adolescent girl’s difficulty accepting inevitable change in her life—is even more important today. Salina will steal a piece of your heart.”  —LEE SMITH, Bestselling Author of Fair and Tender Ladies

Dana Carpenter Book Signing

bohemian-gospelThe Who Picked This Book? Club is happy to have WNBA-Nashville member Dana Carpenter, Associate Professor of English, join us on November 8 at 3:30 in Beaman 209 at Lipscomb University to talk about her novel Bohemian Gospel. Stick around afterwards for a reception and book signing at 5:00 p.m., with more opportunities to hear from Dr. Carpenter about this award-winning work.
Thirteenth-century Bohemia is a dangerous place for a girl, especially one as odd as MOUSE, born with unnatural senses and an uncanny intellect. Some call her a witch. Some call her angel. Mouse doesn’t know what—or who—she is, but she means to find out.
Set against the historical reign of the Golden and Iron King, Bohemian Gospel tracks Mouse’s quest to discover her past and to define her destiny. But is she prepared for the truth she unearths and the future that awaits her?”
Contact Elizabeth Heffington with questions!

WNBA Writing Contest

Writing Pen and PaperSubmissions are being accepted now through January 17, 2017, for the 5th annual WNBA Writing Contest.


  • First place winners receive $250
  • There will be four awards in each category: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention
  • All four winners will be published in a special Contest Edition of the WNBA’s National Newsletter, The Bookwoman
  • Winners announced May 1, 2017. All winners will be posted on the Women’s National Book Association website


3,000 word maximum length, no theme required

Creative Nonfiction/ Memoir:
2,500 word maximum

3-5 pages of poetry (double-spaced)

Submit your work online here

$15 per submission for members, $20 per submission for non-members.

March 5 Meeting – Summer Reading Picks

Gail VinettJoin us at one of our favorite annual meetings – the spring picks for great summer reading – on Thursday, March 5. WNBA Nashville President, Gail Vinett will share her insight into some of the books and authors she recommends for this year’s summer reading choices. Our meetings are free and open to the public.

We will meet at Jonathan’s Grille at The Green Hills Mall. (3805 Green Hills Village Dr. Nashville, TN 37215).  The program will start at 6:00 p.m. and end at 7:15 p.m. Come early, starting at 5:00 p.m., for an opportunity to network with other members and guests, and if you like, order from Jonathan’s Grille dinner menu. 


Book Discussion March 9

Our next book group discussion is Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m. We will be meeting at the Richland Park Branch Library, 4711 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, to discuss A Good Hard Look: A Novel of Flannery O’Connor by Ann Napolitano, led by Elizabeth Heffington. Check out the Book Group Discussions page for more information. Please note this will be our last book discussion until the new schedule is released this summer. The book group discussions will resume in September.

Book Discussion February 9

Russian Winter, Daphne KalotayOur next book group discussion is Saturday, February 9, 2013, at 10 a.m. We will be meeting at the Richland Park Branch Library, 4711 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, to discuss  Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay, led by Bebe Brechner. Check out the Book Group Discussions page for more information and for the 2013 schedule for the remainder of the year.

Book Discussion This Saturday, November 10

Our next book group discussion is this Saturday, November 10 at 10 a.m. We will be meeting at the Richland Park Branch Library, 4711 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, to discuss The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka; WNBA member Nancy Stewart will be leading the discussion. Check out the Book Group Discussions page for more information and for the 2012-2013 schedule for the remainder of the year.

WNBA First Annual Writing Contest

The WNBA will be reviewing submissions for their first annual Writing Contest. After years of celebrating published authors, extraordinary book women, and others in the field, we have decided it is time to celebrate emerging writers. Please send only your highest caliber work.
GUIDELINES: Submission Period: June 1 – November 1, 2012
Fiction 2,500 word limit – may be a short story, or a stand alone excerpt from a novel in progress.
Poetry: 35 line limit – or one page double spaced
Previously unpublished work only.
Your entry must be uploaded without your name, address, or contact information on the actual document. Your contact information will be collected on a separate form when you submit your entry.
Applicants must be 18 years or older You may submit more than one entry; however, each one must be separately submitted. Acceptable formats are: Word Document 2007, Word Document 2003 or earlier version, RTF (Rich Text Format). Winner will be announced April 1, 2013. Contest results will be posted on line [Read more…]