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In Conversation: Ruth Ozeki and Carole DeSanti


Wednesday, September 18, 2013
6:00-8:00 pm
Reflections Yoga Studio
250 West 49th St., 2nd floor

We open our program season with a provocative dialogue between two intriguing authors – both WNBA members – with topics ranging from their latest books, their inspirations, and how women authors fare in today’s publishing world.

Ruth Ozeki is the author of the recently Man Booker-nominated A Tale for the Time Being. She is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest.  Carole DeSanti is the author of The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R. As an editor at Penguin, she champions independent voices in women’s fiction.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to: programs@wnba-nyc.org


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children readingThis fall, the WNBA-NYC is partnering with Kids Research Center to collect new and gently-used books for children.

Not sure what books to contribute? Here is a list of KRC likes to collect and what the Housing Authority stocks in their reading rooms:

  • Picture books
  • Early readers
  • Chapter books
  • Middle-grade books
  • Children’s reference books
  • “Who was…?” biographies
  • Magic Tree House, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter

Bring your donations or bookstore gift cards to all fall WNBA-NYC events.

The Book Drive will kick-off at our Networking party on September 11th.  All donations will go to a Reading Room for a spring 2014 opening.

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quillNow thru November 15, 2013, The WNBA is accepting submissions for the 2nd Annual National Writing Contest!


  • Unpublished work only
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to enter
  • Short fiction only; 2500 word limit
  • No memoir or novel excerpts
  • 3-5 pages of poetry; 35 lines per page
  • Acceptable formats include RTF (Rich Text Format), Word 2007, 2003 or earlier versions
  • You may submit more than once. Each entry must be submitted and paid for separately

Upload your work to https://wnba.submittable.com/submit

Please upload each of your entries without identifying information. There is a separate form for personal data.

Each entry is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Winners will be announced March 2014, and will receive a $250 cash prize and appear in the Bookwoman, the official publication of the WNBA. Proceeds from the contest will go toward scholarships, professional development, and writing conferences.

Good luck to all entrants!

Questions about the contest? Email joan@joangelfand.com

Please visit http://wnba-books.org/contest for more information on this year’s contest, a list of last year’s winners, and this year’s judges.

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Season Kick-Off and Networking Party

September 11, 2013
6:00 – 8:30pm
Location to be provided upon RSVP

Join us for a chance to network and catch up with your fellow WNBA-NYC members. Bring friends who may be interested in joining our organization. There will be book give-aways for all paid-up members and those who join that evening.

We’ll also be launching our fall community service project  – a book drive to benefit the Kids Research Center. So bring your new and/or gently used children’s books to donate to this cause.

For more information, keep your eye on the blog and our Facebook and Twitter pages. To RSVP, click here or send email to programs@wnba-nyc.org.

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wnbaNYC-150Summer is winding down, and the WNBA-NYC is gearing up for a season full of events and outings. Don’t miss out on our Neighborhood Lunches, author panels, and networking parties.  Click here for a partial list of upcoming events. And be sure to check the blog for more details on future member events as they approach.

Not yet a member? Now is the time to join the WNBA-NYC and be a part of our member exclusive events.

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Gottesman Exhibition Hall
NYPL, Schwarzman Building (5th Ave. and 42nd St.)
Wednesday, July 10 2013, 6:00-6:45 pm
“The ABC of It draws on collections across the Library to present the literature for children and teens against a sweeping backdrop of history, the arts, popular culture, and technological change. The books and related objects on view reveal hidden historical contexts and connections and invite second looks and fresh discoveries. They suggest that books for young people have stories to tell us about ourselves, and are rarely as simple as they seem.”
If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to: programs@wnba-nyc.org. We are limited to 25 people and the chapter is paying per person for this tour, so an RSVP is a must!
All attendees need to arrive by 5:50pm. The Schwarzman Building and the tour are handicapped accessible.



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Photo: Annette Haley

As seen on Shelf Awareness:

Ann Patchett Presented with WNBA Award

“Even though I didn’t know I was applying for the job, I have somehow become the spokesperson for independent bookselling,” said Ann Patchett, calling books “my religion.”

The author and bookseller was speaking during a reception held at her store, Parnassus Books, Nashville, Tenn., when she received the WNBA Award, given “every two years to a living American woman who derives part or all of her income from books or the allied arts and has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession.”

The WNBA Award has been presented continuously since 1940. Previous recipients include Eleanor Roosevelt, Pearl Buck, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Perri Klass and Kathi Kamen Goldmark.

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