From the President
I always look forward to the beginning of my favorite season. The days are growing cooler, the trees are beginning to change colors and WNBA has launched the Fall with a showcase of authors and events for the Southern Festival of Books. Our first in person meeting was held at Parnassus where Serenity Gerbman and Elyse Adler teased us with the names of authors who will be at SFOB. More than 175 authors are scheduled for the event. We were pleased to see about 50 people participate for our first in person gathering.
The Southern Festival of Books is just days away. Coffee With Authors will be held on Saturday, October 15 at 9:30 AM. There will be a few seats available for walk ups; however, we encourage you to pre-register for the event on this website. After enjoying Coffee with Authors, be sure to visit the WNBA booth. The book will be open Friday through Sunday, October 14-16. Genetta Adair (Coffee with Authors chair) and Allison Stewart (SFOB Booth chair) have done an excellent job organizing the events and preparing for this exciting weekend. They can always use the help of volunteers to handle the people who will attend Coffee with Authors and visit the booth. Please reach out to Genetta and Allison if you have time to volunteer.
I will be at the festival all weekend and hope to see you there.
Wishing you all the best,
WriterFest Nashville Returns
WriterFest Nashville, a creative gathering for authors, screenwriters, songwriters, poets, and more, returns for its fourth annual conference November 18-19, 2022. Registration is open and tickets for the event, hosted on the Lipscomb University campus, are available at www.WriterFestNashville.com.
“Music City attracts amazing creative talent and offers a uniquely collaborative environment,” says Ami McConnell, Founder and Director of WriterFest Nashville. “WriterFest exists to empower, inspire, and connect creative writers. If you’re passionate about crafting books, songs and/or films, it’s for you! We share, network, and learn from each other.”
WriterFest Nashville 2022 will feature lectures by and conversations with professional writers, world-class editors, agents, filmmakers, and music business professionals. Keynote speakers for the event are Tara M. Stringfellow, poet, attorney, and author of the national bestseller Memphis; John T. Edge, host of the TrueSouth series on the SEC Network and ESPN, author of The Potlikker Papers, and contributing editor at Garden & Gun; and Tim Reid Jr., Senior Vice President of A&R and senior level Repertoire and Marketing Executive at BMG Music.
So hop over to WriterFest Nashville and use code INSIDER50 to receive $50 off the ticket price (for one or two day passes).
Want to let everyone know about your latest publication, honor, or appearance? Then hop on over to our Member News page and complete the contact form. And while you're there, you'll see what's new with your fellow WNBA Nashville members. Member news can also be about your retirement, a promotion at work, or anything that you want to share. News of current members only will be published. There's some excitement in Nashville!
Your current Nashville board members are hard at work, planning events and opportunities for the upcoming year. If you have any ideas or concerns, let us know. Contact information and board members are listed here.
Coffee with Authors at SFB
The 34th Annual Southern Festival of Books is just around the corner! WNBA Nashville will present the popular Coffee with Authors on Saturday, October 15th in the auditorium of the Nashville Downtown Public Library. The panel discussion will feature:
· Jennifer Close (Marrying the Ketchups)
· Taylor Harris (This Boy We Made)
· Annie Hartnett (Unlikely Animals)
· Shelby Van Pelt (Remarkably Bright Creatures)
Moderated by Mary Laura Philpott (Bomb Shelter)
Time: 9:30 a.m. Coffee and treats | 10:00 a.m. Panel begins
We’ll need help stuffing and handing out goody bags, preparing and serving breakfast platters, plus clean-up (which is quick). We also need someone to take pictures at the event. If you’d like to help, please contact Genetta Adair at expressdog_at_bellsouth_dot_net .
To reserve your seat Pre-register now!
To see some pictures of past Coffee with Author events, please look at our pictures page.
November Book Discussion
November 19, 2022
The Seed Keeper
by Diane Wilson
A haunting novel spanning several generations, The Seed Keeper follows a Dakota family's struggle to preserve their way of life, and their sacrifices to protect what matters most. Weaving together the voices of four indelible women, The Seed Keeper is a beautifully told story of reawakening, of remembering our original relationship to the seeds and, through them, to our ancestors.
All book discussions are currently being held on Zoom.
Upcoming Book Discussions
Next Literary Society:
October 20 at 7:00pm
Have you heard about our new Literary Society? We still have our book discussion every third Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in January, March, May, July, September, and November. But now we also have a literary society on the third Thursday night at 7:00 p.m in February, April, June, August, October, and December. At these gatherings, we all share what we've been reading and get great ideas for new books to read. Be watching out for emails containing the Zoom links for these events.
"I look forward to hearing everyone talk enthusiastically about the books they're reading, and what they most enjoyed. It's always a nice variety. My "books to read" list has grown every time we chat over Zoom." -- Tori Ross
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