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Notes from our chapter President
Hello, WNBA members!
For the first time WNBA will host member/authors at Southern Festival of Books in the booth. Traditionally the WNBA booth has featured for sale jewelry, tee shirts and information about the organization. We have quite a few members who are also authors and it was decided to highlight their work during SFOB.
WNBA members who are also authors will be selling and signing their book at our booth during SFOB. We were able to offer 8 slots for a period of 90-minutes each. We are pleased to confirm that 4 members/authors will join us in the booth. We will post the authors’ names and time slots a little closer to SFOB.
Yasmine Ali, author of Walk Through Fire: The Train Disaster that Changed America, is currently scheduled to take part in a panel on Sunday, October 22, at 2:00 pm at SFOB.'
We want to showcase the success and activities of our members. If you are participating on a panel at SFOB or functioning as a moderator, please let us know. We would like to highlight your contributions to the Southern Festival.
Joanne Slaughter has been a long-time member of WNBA. She has emailed that her husband Gary Slaughter peacefully passed on Wednesday, September 13. Gary was as actively involved with WNBA as Joanne. In fact, when Joanne was selected as the Athena Nominee for WNBA, Gary was helpful in preparing her presentation. I was fortunate to have worked with Joanne and Gary. Gary was the successful author of the Cottonwood series and together he and Joanne wrote World War II POWs in America and Abroad and The Journey of an Inquiring Mind. It is sad to say goodbye to people who have enhanced your life. I am thankful to have known Gary.
WNBA-NYC and WMG member Bridget Marmion will moderate ROSE STYRON & WNBA member GAIL PAPP TALKING MEMOIRS on Tuesday, September 26, 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET on Zoom. Two of the most accomplished women in American culture will each give us a peek into their memoir writing process, the challenge of writing about lives lived in public, and offer tips for aspiring memoir writers. Read memoirs or are you writing one? Join us! The cost is $15.00.
Are you excited about the Southern Festival of Books yet? This year it will be held at a new location! Instead of meeting at the library and legislative plaza, we will be heading to Bicentennial Mall and the new Tennessee State Library and the Tennessee State Museum. Dates are October 21-22. For more information, click sofestofbooks.org/
Humanities TN is celebrating 50 years
Humanities Tennessee is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the 35th anniversary of the Southern Festival of Books (SFB). On Thursday, July 20, they held a celebration of these anniversaries at the Tennessee State Museum. Three members from WNBA were there – Libby Simons, Tori Ross and Barbie Chadwick – to enjoy the festivities. Humanities Tennessee has been sponsoring the SFB for 35 years and many of our members have been volunteering since its beginning. Our own Carolyn Wilson was one of the founding members of volunteer core involved in starting the Festival – the rest is history! The partial list of authors was released at the event and can be found at https://sofestofbooks.org/authors. This list is updated weekly.
WNBA has a booth at the festival every year in exchange for our volunteer time. If you want to volunteer to work in our booth contact Allison Stewart at email@example.com. There are also great opportunities to volunteer for the festival and you can discover how to do so at the Southern Festival website.
Watch our website for announcements of which authors will be featured in the annual SFB program we host, Coffee with Authors, and when registration for it opens. Hope to see you there!
The Southern Festival of Books kickoff at Parnassus on September 7 was a delightful evening. There were 72 attendees at the event. I was thrilled to see old friends like Etta Wilson and Martha and Roger Bishop at Parnassus and to welcome many new members. Elyse Adler, Parnassus and Serenity Gerbman, Humanities Tennessee, entertained us with insight into the authors who will be appearing at SFOB. There are 150 authors slated to attend. Elyse mentioned how enjoyable it was to share the evening with her good friend Serenity talking about books. We just needed a fireplace and coffee or tea to make the kickoff magical.
Also at the September meeting of Women's National Book Association-Nashville Chapter, grants (of $500 each) were awarded to SCBWI Midsouth for two pre-published children’s book creators - one author and one illustrator. The award for author was presented to Amy Aiken. Jeff DeHut (not present) won the award for illustrator. Congratulations to Amy and Jeff!
WNBA has a heart for philanthropy & book creators!
Social Media Co-Chairs Announced
We are pleased to announce that Kayla Stierwalt and Nicole Speyrer are the new co-chairs for the WNBA Nashville social media sites. We are thrilled to have two talented individuals who will be guiding us through social media (FB and Instagram). Kayla does an excellent job managing the WNBA Nashville Book Club and the Literary Society. Nicole is a new WNBA member and a student at Belmont University, Bachelor of Arts, Publishing and Honors; Minors in English and Spanish.
NPL has announced the recipient of their 2023 Literary Award. For the first time in the award’s 19-year history, they will honor an author known for her groundbreaking work specifically within the children’s literature genre, though her impact resonates across generations – two-time Newbery award winner, Ms. Kate DiCamillo. This fall, NPLF invites patrons to celebrate with us and to rekindle the magic that exists within those first moments of reading when we fall in love with great stories. Stay tuned for more information and be sure to mark your calendar for November 4.
Did you know that...
WNBA Nashville published a cookbook in 1982 entitled The Literary Allusions Cookbook. In addition to recipes, the cookbook includes 8 essays. The essays are titled:
Cookbooks As Literature: Notes from a Collector
Delicious Delights in Food and Murder
The Food of Love….And Horror
Food and Cooking in Feminist Literature
British Tea: More Than Just Something to Drink
Tidbits From Children’s Literature
Thin is Beautiful: Food in Adolescent Literature
Thanks to longtime member Etta Wilson for passing this book along to our president Kathleen Dietz who wanted to share this with you!
WE NEED YOU!
Our booth at SFOB needs volunteers! We would appreciate help by your choosing to work a 2-hour shift on either Saturday, October 21 or Sunday, October 22. We need 3-4 people per shift. Below are the sign-up times for the booth. Let us know what works for you. Don't miss the fun at SFOB!
Saturday, October 21, 2023
Booth opens at 9:00 a.m.
8:30 - 11:30
11:30 - 1:30
1:30 - 3:30
3:30 - 6:00
Booth closes at 6:00
Sunday, October 22, 2023
Booth opens at 10:00 a.m.
9:30 - 11:30
11:30 - 1:30
1:30 - 3:30
3:30 - 5:00 and help pack up after closing
Claire Keegan at MBA
Irish author Claire Keegan will be coming to Nashville at the end of October. An event at Parnassus Books is sold out, but she will be in the Paschall Theater at Montgomery Bell Academy on Monday, October 30, at 5:30. Admission is $22.00 and attendees will receive a copy of her new book, So Late in the Day. Ms. Keegan is also the author of Small Things Like These and Foster. "The Quiet Girl," the movie version of Foster, was an Oscar nominee for Best International Feature Film in 2023 and is currently airing on Hulu.
To attend this event, you should quickly go to the Parnassus website and sign up!
WriterFest is coming soon!
November 17 and 18, 2023
tickets at writerfestnashville.com
What is it? WriterFest is a creative gathering for authors, screenwriters, poets, and songwriters. Attendees enjoy keynotes AND in-depth break-out sessions with professional editors, literary agents, filmmakers, and music industry insiders. Conference attendance is capped to ensure an intimate experience and a chance for networking. Come be empowered, inspired, and connected to take your writing to the next level!
Our keynote speakers are:
Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author, podcast host of Friends in Fiction
Tyler Merritt, actor, author, comedian, vocalist, and author of I Like My Coffee Black
Julia Whelan, actor, award-winning audio book narrator, and novelist
What can writers expect to do at WriterFest?
WriterFest Nashville was founded and is directed by Ami McConnell, VP of WNBA Nashville. She formerly served as Editor-in-Chief and VP of Howard Books/Simon & Schuster. Before that she acquired and edited for HarperCollins where she helped launch a successful fiction imprint. Her editing credits include numerous New York Times bestsellers and award-winning titles. McConnell now works with celebrities and artists of all stripes to create bestselling books. She also serves as founder and director of WriterFest, a gathering for writers of book, song, and film. She lives with her family in Franklin, Tennessee.
PS: Have you checked out the WriterFest Podcast with Ami McConnell?
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November 18, 2023
Dorothy Moy breaks her own heart for a living.
As Washington’s former poet laureate, that’s how she describes channeling her dissociative episodes and mental health struggles into her art. But when her five-year-old daughter exhibits similar behavior and begins remembering things from the lives of their ancestors, Dorothy believes the past has truly come to haunt her. Fearing that her child is predestined to endure the same debilitating depression that has marked her own life, Dorothy seeks radical help.
Through an experimental treatment designed to mitigate inherited trauma, Dorothy intimately connects with past generations of women in her family: Faye Moy, a nurse in China serving with the Flying Tigers; Zoe Moy, a student in England at a famous school with no rules; Lai King Moy, a girl quarantined in San Francisco during a plague epidemic; Greta Moy, a tech executive with a unique dating app; and Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to set foot in America.
As painful recollections affect her present life, Dorothy discovers that trauma isn’t the only thing she’s inherited. A stranger is searching for her in each time period. A stranger who’s loved her through all of her genetic memories. Dorothy endeavors to break the cycle of pain and abandonment, to finally find peace for her daughter, and gain the love that has long been waiting, knowing she may pay the ultimate price.
All book discussions are currently being held on Zoom.
Reviews on TEL
Did you know that Tennessee has an electronic library that is free to all residents? The Tennessee Electronic Library is a great resource for all kinds of information.
Are you looking for book reviews? Using TEL, there are a few ways to find reviews and info about upcoming publications.
Setting up Journal Alerts
For titles available in Gale databases, in a few easy steps, you can set up a journal alert to get links to reviews emailed to you when a new issue is published. There are a number of high-quality journals that contain book reviews to help with reader advisory and collection development!
Creating a Journal Alert
Use this helpful guide to set up daily, weekly, or monthly alerts to be sent your email regularly!
The Horn Book Magazine*
School Library Journal*
The New York Times Book Review
*Pages from these titles are available for download as full scans from the print version. Click the download option to view/print the full scan!
Using Gale Books and Authors databases for Reviews
Did you know that Gale Books and Authors also contains book reviews? Use this Reader Advisory tool to pull multiple book reviews!
Check out this amazing resource without ever leaving home!
Join us for some conversation!
Would you like to have a chance to socialize with your fellow members of WNBA without leaving home or having to fight Nashville traffic? At 7:00 pm on the third Thursday of February, April, June, August, October, and December, you can do just that! That is when we have our Literary Society meetings where we share books that we've been reading. But we also talk about life and get to know each other a little bit better. Join us for some online fellowship! You should receive an email with the Zoom link early in the week, but if you don't, let us know through the contact form on this site and we will send it to you.
Our next Literary Society meeting is October 19 at 7:00 p.m.
"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
Click here to see our Upcoming Book Discussions
Books for 2024 are under review. Let us know if you would like to submit a title for consideration.
Next Literary Society:
October 19 at 7:00pm
Taking a trip this year? Doing anything bookish? While you're out and about, take a picture of yourself in a library or bookstore or in a literary location and share it with your book friends by sending it to me to post on our website. Just email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Check out our Literary Field Trips page to see what others have shared!
WNBA Loves Books!
We write them, we publish them, we sell them, we teach children and adults to read and appreciate them, we loan them, we borrow them, we give them, we read them, we listen to them, and we share them with friends.
All events, with the exception of the annual Christmas dinner and the Garden Party, are free and open to the public. For more information, or to request a Zoom code, contact email@example.com
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