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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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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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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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A special summer issue of The New York Bookwoman was  released this month and featured book reviews by many of our chapter members. Here’s what our president, Jane Kinney-Denning, had to say about this issue:

This is a special issue of The New York Bookwoman—an all book review edition, and also a wonderful resource for you if you are looking for what to read. WNBA members have been reading diligently all year and in this issue share some of their thoughts on what they’ve read. We hope you enjoy all of the reviews and if you are inspired to read for us in the coming year, let us know. Don’t forget to check out our list of brand new books available to members for review.

Below are a few excerpts from the newsletter. For the full reviews of all the books read, click here.

Truth in Advertising  Emily La Iacona
By John Kenney
Touchstone

Reviewed by Emily La Iacona

Truth in AdvertisingFinbar Dolan is a 30-something advertising manager at a NYC-based agency. Over the few weeks covered in the book, Fin’s life of quiet desperation turns into actual desperation as work deadlines collide with unresolved issues from his past. Despite his jocular tone, Fin’s past includes a called-off wedding, an abusive household, and a dark family secret he’s never told. Kenney is adept at camouflaging Fin’s pain through deadpan sarcasm and “gotchas” where he imagines doing–or more like, saying–the right thing, only to dive away at the last second. He’ll recast his own conversations and evaluate lens angles or revise dialogue, creating a braver and more successful version of himself, or include a guilt-inducing voice-over to self-sabotage his better moments.

 

Misfit Tresa Chambers
By Adam Braver
Tin House Books

Reviewed by Tresa Chambers

MisfitMisfit is a fictional tale about Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. It’s a story based on the imagined goings on in Monroe’s mind during some of the real-life events that Monroe is famous for, including her role in the film, The Misfits. The facts of Ms. Monroe’s suicide following years of drug use and drinking have been well-documented. The details leading up to her death could be seen as the foundation for a story that offers new insight, but the attempt to show her struggle for identity, which is the author’s intent, falls short.

 

The Elephant Keeper’s Children Sheila Lewis2
By Peter Høeg (Translated by Martin Aitken)
Other Press

 Reviewed by Sheila Lewis

 The Elephant Keeper's ChildrenThe Elephant Keepers’ Children is an unnerving tale about Peter, the wise
14-year-old narrator, his extraordinary older sister Tilte, heroic older brother Hans, and their unusual upbringing in a rectory on Fino, a fictitious, idyllic Danish island.

When their pastor father and organist mother go missing, Peter, who refers to adults (and their secrets) as elephant keepers, and Tilte head off on a dangerous chase through Copenhagen all the way to the Great Synod, an international gathering of religious groups; a plot to blow it up is afoot. As a student of spiritual development, Peter’s investigations lead him to “the door,” a place beyond material reality, and to dubious triumph over evil.

Interested in reviewing books for the next special book review issue of the New York Bookwoman? Send an email to newsletter@wnba-nyc.org. Click here for the list of books available.

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Welcome to our first Member Monday: Blog Roll Call!

In addition to our usual Member Monday news, updates, and interviews, we’ll be showcasLinda's head shoting your blogs.

Here’s what member Linda Rosen, who is the hospitality chair and a Great Group Reads committee member,  has to say about her blog, The Literary Leotard:

Blogging as the Literary Leotard, I weave together three of the hats I wear:  fitness professional, writer, and avid reader.  Through writers such as Dickens and Hemingway, from classics and current titles and my own manuscript, I create avenues for fitness tips – ideas easy to incorporate in your daily life.

http://www.lindarosen.blogspot.com/

If you want to be featured in the Blog Roll Call or a Member Monday interview, please send an email to blog@wnba-nyc.org.

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  Saul SteinbergDeirdre Bair was nominated for the prestigious Plutarch award for her recent book, Saul Steinberg: a Biography.

 Storm KingJane Kinney-Denning, WNBA-NYC president, interviewed John P. Stern, president of Storm King Art Center, the sculpture park in Mountainville, for Chronogram magazine. Read the interview here.

Linda Epstein, literary agent and WNBA-NYC VP, and WNBA-NYC member/author Stefanie Lipsey, are hosting a writing and yoga retreat, July 25–28 in Long Island. WNBA members get a 10% discount. Registration closes June 1st. Includes workshops, optional yoga, dinner with top NYC editors, use of the luxury facilities, and a 10-page manuscript critique. writingandyogaretreat.com.

King of the Class Gila Green‘s King of the Class takes Israel’s deep internal religious and political divisions to their logical dystopian conclusion. It tells a love story satirically set in a post-civil war Israel divided into the religious fundamentalist state of Shalem and the militant secular state of Israel.

The Flame in the MistKit Grindstaff‘s middle grade fantasy The Flame in the Mist is now out! Read more about  the book and see the trailer here on the “Books” page of Kit’s website. “Fast, creepy fun.”–Stefan Bachmann, author of The Peculiar. You can also connect with Kit on Facebook and  Twitter.

 What Changes EverythingMasha HamiltonWNBA Award Winner of 2010, has just published a new book, What Changes Everything.

Daphne Kalotay, co-president of WNBA-Boston, will be celebrating the launch of her new novel, Sight Reading, with a wine and cheese party at Posman Books, Wednesday, June 5, at 7:00PM. Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue.

 Premarital CounsellingPamela Milam released her book  in time for last year’s Rainbow Book Fair. ASD Publishing has been instrumental in helping this book gain an audience. In June, Pamela signed a contract with the Levine Greenberg Literary Agency for her second book which takes a closer look at what happens inside the therapy office.

  A Tale for the Time BeingRuth Ozeki‘s book, A Tale for the Time Being, recently reviewed in the New York Times, is the story of a 16-year-old Japanese girl named Nao, whose diary washes ashore a small Canadian island off the coast of British Columbia. http://www.ruthozeki.com.

Joan Regen-Ramirez had a story, The Last Hurrah of General Jackson, published in www.short-story.me.

Rosalind Reisner will have an article published in the July 15th issue of Library Journal in the Collection Development series on Jewish literature. She is also giving a webinar for New Jersey librarians on July 10th on new and forthcoming literary fiction.

Harriet Shenkman, WNBA-NYC’s Academic Liaison, had a poem, Unrequited Love, featured on the web site BoomerCafe.org. Two of her other poems, Lost in Egypt and Riff on Coupling, have been published in the Spring, 2013 online literary journal www.booksbywomen.org.

Harikleia Sirmans was awarded the George Gaumond Award for exemplary scholarship and service as MLIS graduate student at Valdosta State University. VSU Honor’s Day ceremony was held on 2 May. She is officially a librarian!

Rachel Slaiman has two articles in the print edition of Latin Trends Magazine: Spring Cleaning Feeling and Books.  Her four newest blogs posts are Out of Sight/On the Floor Movie and Discussion Event hosted by El Museo del Barrio; Book Launch Event of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead by Shannon O’Neil hosted by AS/COA in New York; iConomy Expo Recap and Photos; and 101 Tragedies of Enrique Metinides: Photo Gallery sponsored by Aperture.

 Baby RocketStephanie A. Smith is pleased to announce the upcoming June publication of Baby Rocket, a novel, the  second in a trilogy (Warpaint, Oct. 2012) from Thames River Press which is now available in pre-order online at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Waterstones, i.e. most online venues. www.stephanieasmith.net.

Valerie Tomaselli‘s MTM Publishing: City of the Dead, the first book in the MTM’s middle grade series, Horrors of History, earned a Junior Library Guild citation. Forthcoming in August 2013 by Charlesbridge, and written by T. Neill Anderson (aka Tim Anderson), it is a fictional account–based on extensive research–of the deadly 1900 hurricane that devastated Galveston, Texas.

 RestrikeReba White Williams‘s mystery novel, Restrike (publication June 1) is highly anticipated following a  positive review by Kirkus. The protagonists, cousins Coleman and Dinah Greene, are young southerners active in New York’s art world. They encounter theft, fraud and murder, and set out to right these wrongs. http://rebawhitewilliams.com.

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Rachel SlaimanRachel Slaiman is currently a freelance and blog writer for LatinTRENDS Magazine, with an M.S. in Publishing from Pace University.  She writes about events that she attends around the city and articles that are geared toward the Latino community.  Her two passions are reading and writing.

How did you become involved with WNBA-NYC?

I became involved with WNBA-NYC in June 2010 through Pace University, where there was a meet and greet about the organization.  I knew that being part of a professional organization was important to advancing my career in publishing. What I enjoy most about the organization are the events and being able to network with others through them.

How did you get into freelance writing? Is this where you always thought you’d end up career-wise?

I got into freelance writing about two years ago with LatinTRENDS Magazine.  I wanted to be more involved with the magazine.  When I finally moved to New York/New Jersey area, the editor wanted us to blog.  Knowing that I had never blogged before, I pitched the idea to my editor, asking her if I was allowed to blog about attending events around the city.  She was hooked, and since then I have been doing that.  On top of blogging about events, I still continue to write articles and book reviews.

I never thought that freelancing would be so prominent in my career.  I had always believed that you needed to have a “specialty” so-to-speak and real work experience. No one ever knows what the future holds, but one thing is certain, I always said that I wanted to be published in a print magazine and I was able to do that through a non-traditional route. 

Has your perspective of the publishing industry changed since working as a writer?

Being a writer takes patience and dedication.  It is one of those careers that either “you love it, or you hate it”.  I can’t honestly say if my perspective has changed or not since I am still new in the industry, but I am enjoying the process so far and there is still more to come.

As someone who’s completed a post-graduate program in publishing, what advice can you give others that want to do the same?

The advice I would give others is that if you want to be in the industry then really go for it. I gained interest in this career after taking an introductory course to book publishing my last semester of college. Looking back now, I am doing what I love to do, based on what I have talent for and not going for something that just makes money or is the “it” career.  I went for passion, not what everyone else was doing.

What’s your favorite word?

I have never been asked this question before, but if I had to say, it is determination.  Determination is one of those words you can use as a motivator, as a quality and a definition to live by.

one-way bridgeWhat are you currently reading?

I am currently reading The One-Way Bridge by Cathie Pelletier. Several others are sitting on book shelf.

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