Posts Tagged ‘Member Updates’

As we gear up for the upcoming season of the WNBA-NYC, we’d like to remind you of one of the benefits of our blog available exclusively to chapter members: the Member Monday interview. These are our most popular posts, and they’re great in showcasing you! Whether you’re an author, agent, or editor, this is your chance to be in the spotlight. Take a look back at some of our recent member interviews. And if you want to be featured in a Member Monday interview, email Tqwana at blog@wnba-nyc.org.

Pauline Hsia

Pamela Milan

Quressa Robinson

Heather Allen

If a full interview isn’t your thing, your personal blog can also be featured in a Member Monday Blog Roll Call.

The Things She Thinks About

The Literary Leotard


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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

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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Jerusalem Maiden

Talia Carner, author of Jerusalem Maiden, is expanding her reach and has accepted a speaking invitation in Paris, France in April and an appearance in Jerusalem in July. For details, please check her website, www.TaliaCarner.com

A Dangerous Woman

Barbara Foster recently presented A Dangerous Woman: The Life, Loves, and Scandals of  Adah Isaacs Menken to the New York Victorian Society and Fort Lauderdale Women’s Executive Club.

Miss Dreamsville

Amy Hill Hearth‘s novel, Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society (Atria Books, 2012), is a book club pick for Simon & Schuster, a Reader’s Digest Select Edition, and a main selection of the Pulpwood Queens, a book club with 550 chapters. The novel is set in Florida in 1962.  

The Greedy SparrowLucine Kasbarian‘s The Greedy Sparrow: An Armenian Tale (Marshall Cavendish/ Amazon Children’s Books) won the 2013 Nautilus Silver Award in the Children’s Picture Book category. Formal announcements about all winners will take place at BookExpo America.

Sight ReadingDaphne Kalotay, co-president of WNBA-Boston, will be reading from her new book, Sight Reading, at NYC’s Posman Books, Wednesday, June 5, at 7:00PM. (Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue.)

Melissa A. Rosati, CPCC now represents the Institut Van Gogh, Auvers-sur-Oise, France, as the Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships, USA. She is organizing a $50 Million Dollar Campaign titled Van Gogh’s Dream for the U.S. market.

Harriet Shenkman won second place in the National WNBA poetry contest for her poem, Mirror, Mirror. Harriet is a Professor Emerita at CUNY who has several published poems and many educational articles.  Her creative writing was honed at the Hudson Valley Poetry Center, the Unterberg Poetry Center and Sarah Lawrence College. She is writing a novel called The Camel Tamer.

Rachel Slaiman has two articles in the print edition of Latin Trends Magazine: Turning Your Home Into an Efficient Office Space and Current and Classics: for stronger finances, body and mind.  Her two newest blogs are Book Discussion: The Economic Development of Latin America since Independence by Jose Antonio Ocampo and Doing Business in Brazil hosted by Latham and Watkins LLP.

Five O'Clock FolliesTheasa Tuohy‘s novel, The Five O’Clock Follies, has been shortlisted for ForeWord Review’s 2012 Book of the Year Award and nominated by the Oklahoma Center for the Book award for its fiction prize. The harrowing story, set in 1968, of a female correspondent during the Vietnam War, is published by Calliope Press.


Bette Ann Moskowitz will be reading from her new book, The Room at the End of the Hall as part of the Valley Writers, Ink. at the WIRED GALLERY in High Falls, New York, on Friday, May 10th from 7-9 p.m.   Details are on Facebook.com/WiredGallery or www.TheWiredGallery.com

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Jessica NappJessica Napp is our new Publicity Chair. Jessica is currently the Associate Director of Publicity for Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. She focuses on publicizing and marketing lifestyle books ranging from interior design and fashion, to cooking, photography, and pop culture.  Over the years Jessica has held positions at Stewart, Tabori & Chang; Abrams Books; Simon & Schuster; and Little, Brown; as well as Media Connect and McAllister-Rowan PR. She holds a MS degree in Publishing from Pace University and a dual undergraduate degree from Fairfield University. Jessica serves on the ‘Toast to the Children’ committee for the Children of Bellevue, a non-profit organization founded in 1949 to initiate, fund and develop special programs and to act as an advocate for children and their families within Bellevue Hospital Center. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys attending theater, practicing Pilates, and learning about the culinary arts. She lives in New Jersey with her husband.

Jennifer Cunningham-LozanoJennifer Cunningham-Lozano is our new Corresponding Secretary. Jennifer is the founder and CEO of AAPA Concepts, a small business-marketing firm specializing in business operations, social media, and project management. She has a love of books that goes back to her first memory of turning the pages on a brand new hardcover of Little Women (a copy which she still has on her book shelf). Jennifer shares book reviews on her blog, AReadingJournal.com. She is the mother of one, an entrepreneur, a girl-with-an-idea, and a lover of education, literacy and technology.
Congratulations, Jessica and Jennifer!

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Emily Albarillo has been appointed member coordinator for the NYC-Metro chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association, and is looking forward to a year full of fun and educational events for chapter members. For more information on the EFA: http://www.the-efa.org.

Diana Altman is reading from her short story The Farm, Wednesday, March 13, at 6:00 PM at The New York Society Library‘s Open Mic Night. Reservations required. Cost $10. Tickets and information here.

the man in the black top hatJulia E. Antoine, writing under her pen name, Ju Ephraime, re-released her paranormal romance, The Man in The Black Top Hat, on December 19, 2012. She also released her second paranormal adult romance on December 21, 2012. Find all her books on Amazon.com or on Envisionschoolpublishing.com.

Deborah Batterman answers the question so many writers ask themselves—and more—via an interview on Carl Purdon’s blog, Fiction, Lies, and Carpal Tunnel: “What drives me to keep doing this, day after day, week after week, year after year?” Find her at www.deborahbatterman.com. (Also check out Deborah’s report on WNBA-NYC’s Facebook workshop!)

Between two eternitiesBarbara Brett published the e-book version of her novel  Between Two Eternities on Smashwords.com, and it is now available directly from all e-book vendors. The book was originally published by Avon. You can find all of Barbara’s books on her website: www.brettbooks.com.

Jerusalem maidTalia Carner‘s novel, Jerusalem Maiden, will be taught in Ethnic & Cultural Literature at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan.  The novel is a story of a young woman in a strict religious society who struggles between passion and faith. Find her at www.taliacarner.com.

Jennifer Cunningham-Lozano, WNBA-NYC’s newly appointed Corresponding Secretary and owner of AAPA Concepts, is available for web design and social media projects. Recent projects include Book Blog www.areadingjournal.com. Designs range from simple brochure sites to complex WordPress designs.

Linda Epstein, Associate Agent at The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency, is teaching a workshop, Writing a Top Notch Query, at Hofstra University on March 13 at 6:00 PM. Registration is still open.

greenhornAnna Olswanger‘s Greenhorn, an illustrated children’s novel, tells the story of a young Holocaust survivor who comes to a Brooklyn yeshiva in the 1940’s, where his obsessive attachment to a mysterious box excites the curiosity and unkind attention of the other boys. Anna is also the author of Shlemiel Crooks.

Anne-Marie Sutton has posted her book trailer on YouTube. Newport RI – Discover Fun & Mystery promotes her Newport Mystery Series. The third book, Keep My Secret, is due out this spring. Find her at www.newportmystery.com.

Women in american politicsValerie Tomaselli, WNBA’s National President, reports that her company MTM Publishing’s latest book on women’s history, Women in American Politics by women’s history expert, Doris Weatherford (CQ Press), received recognition on Booklist’s Editors’ Choice: Reference Sources, 2012 list. See also, A History of the American Suffragist Movement by the same author.

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Julia E. Antoine has two new releases scheduled for June 15, 2012. One is a children’s picture book, Staying Safe, encouraging kids to stay safe in the home and in the neighborhood, and the other is Loving Therese, a romance novel.

Barbara Foster and co-author Michael Foster, gave a special presentation on May 19 at the Ziegfield Society on the subject of their recent biography, A Dangerous Woman: The Life, Loves, and Scandals of Adah Isaacs Menken, 1835-1868, America’s Original Superstar.

Linda Rosen invites you to troll around her website (www.linda-rosen.com) where you may read the synopsis and first chapter of her novel Flourish; Musings, her published short story; and excerpts from stories still searching for a home.

Stephany Evans at FinePrint Literary Management could not be more thrilled that client Ina May Gaskin was featured in a cover story of the Sunday New York Times Magazine, ‘Ina May Gaskin and the Battle for at-Home Births.’

Jezra Kaye‘s new novel,  The Tattooed Heart, is out in paperback and e-book. A gritty page turner set in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, it follows Gracie, a hardluck girl with a terrible secret, as she sets out to fulfill her lover Marcus’s last wish.

Lucine Kasbarian‘s Mother’s Day book review of Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak about War & Terror by Susan Galleymore (Pluto Press) appeared in Women’s International Perspective and Women’s Views on News.

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Our industrious WNBA-NYC members have been busy, as ever!  Take a look at what some of our members have been up to.

Ziva Bakman-Flamhaft has launched her new website, www.ziva-bakman-flamhaft.com. You can also go to www.war-widow.com, which features her book, War Widow, and other works.

Susannah Greenberg, WNBA-NYC Publicity Chair, will moderate a panel event on book publicity for self-published authors at Book Expo America’s uPublishU, at the Javits Center on Sunday, June 3 at 2:30 PM. Read more here.

Janice Harayda will speak about book reviews — the good, the bad, and the ugly — at the BEA Bloggers Conference panel, Monday, June 4. Janice runs One-Minute Book Reviews, which was recently named one of New Jersey’s best blogs by New Jersey Monthly and ranked among the Top 40 book blogs by blog-ranking services such as Technorati and Alexa Internet.

Enid Harlow will have a new story published in issue 23 of North Atlantic Review.

Fatima Shaik spoke on a panel called Creoles and Citizens: Being Afro-Creole in New Orleans, 1836-1921, at the Louisiana Historical Association. Fatima also read her short stories at Xavier University of Louisiana in April 2012.

Rachel Slaiman had an article published in Latin Trends Magazine, entitled, Are You a Starving Artist or an Aspiring Professional?  Which Term is Correct?  The Five O'Clock Follies

Theasa Tuohy will read from her new novel, Five O’Clock Follies, at the Prince Street Gallery, 530 W. 25th Street, 4th Floor, Wednesday, May 30. Public is invited. Gallery opens at 6 PM, reading is at 6:30 PM. Reception follows. (Five O’Clock Follies will be published on October 15th by Calliope Press.)

Skeleton Woman Mingmei Yip‘s latest novel, Skeleton Women, will come out in June, published by Kensington Books. In the vein of Angelina Jolie’s SALT and Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, Skeleton Women is the story of a singer/spy, a magician, and a gossip columnist scheming to survive the gang wars in the 1930’s lawless Shanghai. Find more information at www.mingmeiyip.com.

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