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Happy Monday, WNBA-ers and Happy Labor Day! As you enjoy the last official BBQ day of summer, take time to mark your calendars for our chapter’s upcoming fall events. Be sure to return to the blog for more information as each event approaches.

September

WNBA-NYC Chapter invites members to our annual Networking Party!
Wednesday, September 11
6:00–8:30 pm
(We’ll send the East Side address when we get your RSVP.)

Our fall members party is an opportunity for us to get reacquainted, learn about a new year of programs, and bring along friends interested in joining the association. We have a special treat for paid-up members. We’ll be raffling some very beautiful books at the end of the evening. And we are initiating this fall’s community service project—a book drive for the Kids Research Center. (More about this coming in a separate email.)

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to: programs@wnba-nyc.org

In Conversation: Ruth Ozeki and Carole DeSanti
Wednesday, September 18
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. Book signings.

RSVP to: programs@wnba-nyc.org

Brooklyn Book Festival 2013
Sunday, September 22
10:00 am–6:00 pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza
WNBA Booth 390
(Take the 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall; R to Court Street; or A, C, F to Jay Street/Borough Hall)

Once again, WNBA-NYC chapter will be sharing a booth with the National Reading Group Month folks at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Last year’s event was a great success and we hope to continue the positive experience this year.  We will be distributing our promotional materials to the public and promoting WNBA. We hope to sign up some new members! Join the fun—be a booth volunteer!

From their website – “The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City” www.brooklynbookfestival.org

October

Members Neighborhood Lunch
Wednesday, October 16
12:30–2:00 pm
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. (4 blocks south of Grand Central)

Join fellow members for a networking lunch at one of our favorite locations. Lunches are a great opportunity for new and old members to get acquainted. Bring a friend interested in joining the association.

RSVP to: jmazefsky@aol.com

National Reading Group Month Author Panel
Wednesday, October 23
7:00–9:00 pm
Strand Bookstore, Rare Book Room
12th and Broadway

A celebration of National Reading Group Month and Great Group Reads! Join us for a lively panel discussion with these renowned authors about their latest books and their writing lives—Michèle Forbes, Caroline Leavitt, Bernice McFadden, Roxana Robinson, John Searles, and moderator Elizabeth Nunez.

WNBA members receive free admission PLUS a $15.00 Strand gift card!

Non-members welcome ($15 tickets at the door).

RSVP to: programs@wnba-nyc.org

Light refreshments. Book signings.

November

How I Got the Story: Women Writing Women’s Lives
November 12
7:00–9:00 pm
Pace University, downtown campus, Bianco Room, 1 Pace Plaza

Join panel authors Jean Fagin Yellin, Marnie Mueller, Nancy Rubin Stuart, and Diane Jacobs as they discuss the hows and why of writing biographies. Deirdre Bair, moderator.

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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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wnbaNYC-150The 2013-14 WNBA-NYC season is about to start and our membership drive is underway! Check your emails for your renewal information.

Membership Benefits include:

  • Admission and advance notice to WNBA events and programs.
  • Eligibility to vote in all local and national elections; join chapter committees; nominate candidates for offices and awards.
  • Subscriptions to The Bookwoman,WNBA National’s quarterly newsletter (Summer 2013 Issue), and The New York Bookwoman, our chapter’s quarterly e-newsletter
  • Opportunities in the WNBA National Promotion Program offered exclusively to members on the national website.
  • Participation in the WNBA-NYC Blog.
  • Access to the “Members Only” sections of WNBA National website, featuring the Membership Directory of all 10 WNBA chapters.

Renew or become a member now so you don’t miss out on any of this year’s exclusive events and programs.

Don’t forget that our Season Kick-off party and Networking event is coming up soon.  RSVP now!

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