March Program

History Through Poetry  – Ciona Rouse

6:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Jonathan’s Grille in Green Hills on March 7, 2019

Ciona Rouse is a poet and author of Vantablack ( Third Man Books, 2017). Rouse is poetry editor of the online literary journal Wordpeace and cohost of the upcoming Re/Verb podcast from Third Man Books. Her work can be found in Native Magazine, Gabby Journal,Matter: a journal of political poetry and commentary and Talking River. In addition to curating many poetry experiences and workshops in Nashville, she also collaborates with various artists to create multi-disciplinary performances, including the show The Longest Night with saxophonist Jeff Coffin and composer Jason Shelton at Oz Arts, A Delta Blue Christmas with blues musician and poet Adia Victoria and poet Caroline Randall Williams and Nick Cave: Feat, a performance at the Schermmerhorn in 2018 with the visual artist Nick Cave for the Frist Art Museum, which was recognized as the year’s best poetry performance in the Nashville Scene.

Just as a reminder, we’ll meet at Jonathan’s in Green Hills at 5:30 for socializing and dinner, and the program will start at 6:00 on Thursday, March 7th.

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

February Meeting – Feb 7

We are excited about our February program with Brenda Vantrease. Brenda’s second book in her new series Broken Kingdom will be released February 1, 2019, just in time for our program.

Brenda’s historical fiction has been critically acclaimed, translated in more than a dozen languages and is widely distributed in libraries worldwide. The religious and political intrigue in the history of England from the 14th through the 17th century, is where she finds the drama, conflict, and characters that ignite her imagination and shape her stories. The Broken Kingdom Series is set in the British civil war.

Broken Kingdom, a series centered on conflicts between Charles I of England and his Parliament.

A Far Horizon is listed on the Parnassus website here and you can use this link to order or call the store at 615-953-2243 and place an order by phone.

For more information on her novels, go to: http://www.brendarickmanvantrease.

Just as a reminder, we’ll meet at Jonathan’s in Green Hills at 5:30 for socializing and dinner, and the program will start at 6:00 on Thursday, February 7th.

Holiday Dinner – December 13

Our annual Holiday Dinner for members and their guests is Thursday, December 13, at The Women’s Club of Nashville. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. Our speaker, Tamera Alexander, is known for her series of historical novels set at Belle Meade Plantation and at Belmont Mansion and is working on a series set at Carnton Plantation. Perhaps a series set in the Daniel house may someday be forthcoming!

The Women’s Club of Nashville is located at 3206 Hillsboro Road. The property may be entered from Golf Club Lane or from Hillsboro Pike.  Parking is ample. 

Advance registration is required. The cost is $45 per person, which includes gratuity and a $5 donation to help fund a scholarship for the Tennessee Young Writers Workshop. Payment can be made by either check or online. Visit our Holiday Dinner Page for reservation and menu information. 


November 2018 Meeting – Telling Other People’s Stories with Kim Green

November 1, 2018

Jonathan’s Grille, Green Hills

3805 Green Hills Village Dr

Nashville, TN 37215

Program starts at 6:00 PM – Food and networking start at 5:00 PM.

Telling Other People’s Stories with Kim Green, freelance writer and Public Radio Producer.

Kim Green is a freelance writer and public radio producer. Her work has appeared in Fast Company, Parade, Roads & Kingdoms, Hemispheres, and the Nashville Scene, and on NPR’s Weekend Edition, Nashville Public Radio, Marketplace, and NPR’s Here and Now. She’s also managing editor of Pursuit Magazine, an online publication for professional investigators.

Before writing, Green was a flight instructor in Nashville. She also co-translated and edited a memoir by a Soviet combat airwoman from WWII; Red Sky, Black Death was published in 2009.

We will also be collecting new and like-new children’s books for Book’em.

Coffee with Authors 2018

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One of our favorite events of the year, the Southern Festival of Books, is coming soon, and it’s time to reserve your spot at one of our favorite events at the festival.

Coffee with Authors

Saturday, October 13, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
(check-in and coffee from 9 – 9:30)
Nashville Public Library Auditorium
Library doors opens at 9:00 a.m.

This year’s panel will be moderated by Mary Laura Philpott and feature authors:

Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

Abigail DeWitt, News of Our Loved Ones

Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers

Wayetu Moore, She Would Be King

The event is free, but we ask that you make a reservation to be sure you have a seat. To reserve your spot, please visit our Eventbrite page.

Coffee With Authors is presented by the Women’s National Book Association, celebrating 100 years of Connecting, Educating, Advocating and Leading since 1917!

For more information about the Southern Festival of Books, go to:

Annual Garden Party in May

Our annual Garden Party/Meeting is Thursday, May 3, from 5:30 to 7:00 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 Barbie Chadwick and the rest of the Nashville board, who provide drinks and appetizers. Watch for an email with more details coming soon.

Author Bren McClain at April 5 Meeting

On April 5, author and WNBA Nashville member Bren McClain will talk about her book, One Good Mama Bone, a WNBA Great Group Reads pick for National Reading Group Month 2017. You can hear all about it at our next meeting, Thursday, April 5, 6 p.m. (5 for greeting and eating) at Jonathan’s Grille in Green Hills. Meetings are free and open to the public. 

In the meantime, here’s a little bite to whet your appetite!  Set in the early 1950s in rural South Carolina, One Good Mama Bone is the story of an unlikely friendship between two mothers, a human named Sarah Creamer and a bovine named Mama Red, who teaches Sarah what it means to be a mother. All of this is set against the backdrop of the 4-H tradition of feeding out a steer for the Grand Champion title.  


Susannah Felts at March 1 Meeting

Join us Thursday, March 1, as we welcome Susannah Felts, Co-founder of The Porch Writers’ Collective, as our guest speaker. Susannah is a fiction writer, freelance writer, teacher, editor, and native Nashvillian. 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!

In 2009, after many years away from her hometown, she returned to put down roots with her family in East Nashville. Previously, Susannah taught creative writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, and in several other youth and community settings. Her first novel, This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record, was published in 2008 by Featherproof Books. Susannah was the recipient of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction for 2013. She has been awarded the Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, as well as residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. Her work has appeared in such publications as The Oxford American, Literary Hub, Longreads, StorySouth, The Sun, Quarterly West, Hobart, Five ChaptersWigleaf, and Quick Fiction, among others. She earned her bachelor of arts degree with highest honors in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and holds a master in fine arts in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Susannah is also a contributing writer for Chapter 16, Humanities Tennessee’s site devoted to literary culture. Check out The Porch here:

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.