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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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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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20130710_180553Wednesday evening , several members of the WNBA-NYC met up at the New York Public Library to take a trip through the history of children’s literature. From picture book classics, down Alice’s rabbit hole, through the Secret Garden, the Harlem Renaissance, and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, we were treated to bright, colorful, and at times interactive displays that featured rare copies of books by Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christen Andersen. Enjoy the pictures of our members and a slideshow of some of the books on display.


Be sure to visit The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter exhibit, taking place now thru March 2014 at the NYPL Schwarzmann Building (5th Ave. and 42nd St.).

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Stop by our Facebook page to enjoy more than 150 pictures of the exhibit from members Heather Allen and Liberty Schauf.

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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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BEAlogoBEA Dinner
Thursday, May 30,  2013
Pepe Giallo (253 10th Ave.)
5:45pm – 8:00pm

NYC Chapter (WNBA-NYC) will be hosting a dinner for chapter members attending Book Expo America (BEA). This is a fun opportunity to make new connections with fellow book professionals and book lovers, talk about industry trends, compare notes from the BEA floor, and take a break from the page-turning madness that is BEA.
Dinner (at your own expense) will be at 5:45PM, but starting at 4PM we will be having pre-dinner snacks and drinks at a member’s apartment close to the restaurant, where we can put down the our bags of galleys for a while and rest those weary feet. The address will be given at the time of your RSVP.Please join us for a fun dinner with new friends and old, and a welcome break from walking the floor at The Javits Center!

RSVP programs@wnba-nyc.org

lunch picJune Neighborhood Lunch
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Bombay Palace
(30 W. 52nd St.)

Our last Neighborhood lunch of the season will be held at Bombay Palace, a sumptuously decorated midtown eatery which boasts “a hodgepodge of culinary styles, each with its own distinctive spices, herbs, ingredients, and techniques, many of which are evident in our efforts. Dishes can contain a blend of 20, 30, 40, or more spices and herbs.”
Come and recap WNBA-NYC’s 2012/13 season and share your plans for the summer. Neighborhood lunches are a great opportunity to network, so bring your business cards. And if you have a friend who’s interested in joining the chapter, please bring them along too!

RSVP Janet Mazefsky: jmazefsky@aol.com

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IMG_0476This year the women of the WNBA-NYC chapter organized a Bookstore Crawl on the Upper East Side. Our intimate group of seven braved a potential downpour to travel to these small, but significant bookstores.  While at each store, we heard about the history and the ownership of each. The first stop was Crawford Doyle Booksellers, a quaint, inconspicuous store. The space is utilized completely, covered top to bottom with literary fiction, best-sellers, non-fiction and children’s books. The most prized books, in the First Edition’s Case, were on display next to the register. The manager, Thomas, explained the history, how it always had been a bookstore, although the owners and the name have changed over the decades. The space also holds two other tenants who work in rare and interesting books, but the public can only see those gems by appointment.

IMG_0482Next, we walked to Kitchen Arts & Letters, a bookstore dedicated entirely to food related books: cookbooks, food memoirs, travel journals, anything that a chef or aspiring chef might be interested in reading (or cooking!). They also had a small section dedicated to these books in French, Italian and German.  Our contact was Mike the owner. He said because the store was so specialized, they were able to reach more people. He used an example of a customer calling in to find out if they carried a book on a specialized method of cooking. Even if they did not have it, he would be able to find it, explaining further that they are best at finding unusual requests.

IMG_0490Our last stop was only a few blocks away at The Corner Bookstore, aptly named for its location. It was a pharmacy many years ago, and through excellent care has been able to retain many of the original structures and design. Our guide, Nick, explained that The Corner Bookstore had been around for many years, and their specialty is catering to the customers in the area. One aspect that sets the store apart is a program that allows kids to submit book reviews. The store also frequently holds signings and readings, which sets them apart from much of the local competition.

We hope to plan another excursion again.

Thanks to Marilyn Berkman and Jessice Napp for organizing the event, and to the Owners and Managers of the bookstores for hosting us.







To see more pictures from the event, check out the album on our Facebook page!

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Happy Friday WNBAers!

In case you missed it, here are some photos from our annual Spring Potluck  Brunch. Hope it inspires you to join us next year. Great food with a great group of ladies!


Photo Credit: Heather Allen



Photo Credit: Heather Allen


Photo Credit: Heather Allen


Photo Credit: Heather Allen


Photo Credit: Heather Allen

Check out more on our Facebook page!

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