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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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By Heather Allen

An age of madnessThe WNBA-NYC chapter is proud to present a new book club! Inspired by “October is National Reading Group Month,” we have created a group online that is a forum for discussion about the Great Group Reads selection in 2012. Our goal is to read two books a month. Of course, you don’t have to read both books if you participate, but discussions on each will be on our Goodreads Great Group Reads WNBA-NYC website. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join the group and find the WNBA-NYC on Goodreads.

Join here!

The Art of FieldingThe books for this month are The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach, and An Age of Madness, by David Maine (remember him from the National Reading Group Month author panel in October?). If you have read either of these books, we would love for you to let us know your opinions about them, and even facilitate a discussion! Although the schedule says the books are finished by the end of the month, we hope the discussion can continue past that date.

This is a great opportunity to get to know other WNBA members (or potential members), as well as have a lively discussion about some fantastic books! If you have any questions, please feel free to email Heather at socialmedia@wnba-nyc.org.

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Did you miss the National Reading Group Month panel event at the Strand?  We have you covered!  The event was a great success, and we thought we’d bring you some of the responses from the blogosphere.

One blog post about the event was written by Heather Allen, an MS in Publishing student at Pace University.  She wrote an excellent account for the Pace Publishing blog, in which she described some of her favorite author moments.

The conversation was again moved toward writing and its meaning to each individual. In summary, it seems that these authors couldn’t imagine doing anything else. It’s obvious from watching them and learning about them that they care deeply about the characters and every single detail that goes into their novels. Nunez said she felt safest writing, de los Santos writes because she’s not good at anything else, but Maine summed it up nicely, “Some people believe in God because they are afraid of being an atheist, that’s how I feel about writing – what would I do not as a writer.”

Read the full article on the Pace blog here!

David Maine, one of the authors on the panel, also wrote a piece for his own blog.  His funny and personal post gives readers a different point of view on the event:

And as you can also see from this photo, there were actual human people in the audience last night, listening to what we were saying or at least sitting upright and laughing at all the right moments, which is pretty much all I ask of any audience. I’d guess there were about 50 people there, including maybe 6 to 8 from the WNBA, which is a hefty turnout indeed by Dave Maine standards.”

Read the full article on David Maine’s blog here!

But if you really want to know how the event turned out, there’s nothing better than the video. Watch the entire panel below!

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The following blog post was written by Great Group Reads Chair Rosalind Reisner, and originally posted on her blog, A Reader’s Place, on October 14th.

For the past several years I’ve chaired the reading committee that selects the titles for the Great Group Reads list that comes out in September in time for National Reading Group Month (October). There were 22 readers this year and we read like fiends all spring and summer. It was fun and exhausting at the same time and I really appreciate the readers’ efforts. We put together a great list of books.

National Reading Group Month is sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association—the other WNBA—and to celebrate NRGM all the chapters around the country have author programs highlighting the Great Group Reads books and other wonderful new books that will provoke lively discussions.

The New York WNBA chapter program is this Wednesday evening—October 17—at the Strand Book Store in their classy Rare Book Room, and I’m moderating the panel of 5 authors. For me, this is the high that comes at the end of the hard work: the chance to talk to authors of novels and memoirs, to find out how they wrote those wonderful books, what they were thinking about when they wrote them, how they write, and maybe even why they write. If you’re in NYC, come to the Strand for the 7 pm program. It’s only $10 and for that you’ll get a $10 Strand gift card—can it be possible that there’s a book you want to buy?

The authors on the panel are:

Alix Kates Shulman, whose current novel is Menage (Other Press), a wicked sendup of modern marriage. Shulman’s name ought to be familiar to you as the writer of the iconic feminist novel Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen.

David Maine, author of An Age of Madness (Red Hen Press), a devastating psychological study of a woman doctor whose family life has gone horribly wrong. I was delighted that this title made it onto the Great Group Reads list.

Elizabeth Nunez will be there too, author of Boundaries (Akashic Press), a lovely cross-cultural story of a woman coping with competing demands of family and career.

I’m eager to meet Ben Ryder Howe and hear more about his hilarious and heartfelt memoir, My Korean Deli: Risking it all for a Convenience Store (Picador). I listened to this one and laughed out loud often. It’s more than just humorous—it’s a great New York story with lots of food for thought about who we are and the choices we make for the ones we love.

Marisa de los Santos will be there to talk about Falling Together (Wm. Morrow Paperbacks), a novel about three college friends who find that despite their close  friendship, they’ve been blind to some important truths.

So come to the Strand if you can and say hello. There will be time to ask questions of the authors and talk to them after the program.

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It’s Time to Order Your Trick-or-Treat Boxes! 
By Nancy Stewart (WNBA UN DPI/NGO Second Alternate)

The WNBA has a special partnership with UNICEF—the United Nations Children’s Fund. The WNBA has made it a priority to help this organization in its fundraising for the needs of children around the world. Our particular interest is in UNICEF’s Afghanistan Education Alliance—literacy advocacy of women and girls.

Each October, the WNBA participates in the TOT—Trick or Treat—campaign, which features the familiar little orange boxes. Chapters may order boxes and use them to collect funds. We have had some notable success, collecting over $500 for UNICEF at the National Reading Group Month Signature Event last year.
 

ToT Mailbox Please go now to www.unicefusa.org and order free boxes for your chapter. This is an easy and meaningful way to help fulfill the WNBA’s mission.

For any questions, please contact Nancy Stewart, Alternate UN Representative: nancy.stewart@ingramcontent.com.

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October is National Reading Group Month!

The WNBA-NYC, with event partner Strand Book Store, is celebrating “October is National Reading Group Month!” by hosting a National Reading Group Month Panel.  Join NRGM Great Group Reads Chair Rosalind Reisner in conversation with an amazing line-up of authors:

Ben Ryder Howe—My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store, Picador

David Maine—Great Group Reads 2012 Recipient—An Age of Madness, Red Hen Press

Elizabeth Nunez—Boundaries, Akashic Books

Marisa de los Santos—Falling Together, William Morrow Paperbacks

Alix Kates Shulman—Ménage, Other Press

The panelists will discuss their own books, reading groups, and this year’s Great Group Reads selections.  The panel will take place on:

October 17th
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Strand Bookstore (828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003)

Paid-up WNBA-NYC chapter members attend free of charge and receive a $10 Strand gift card upon arrival at the event. Non-members will need to purchase a Strand gift card for $10 at the door.  For more information, contact Rosalind Resiner and Jill Tardiff at programs@wnba-nyc.org (subject line: NRGM 2012).

The sponsors and partners of National Reading Group Month are committed to celebrating the joy of shared reading, and to reading groups everywhere. The Women’s National Book Association thanks them for their invaluable support and generosity.

2012 Official Sponsors:

Gold Sponsor
HarperCollins Publishers
Harper, Harper Paperbacks, Harper Perennial, Amistad, Ecco, William Morrow, William Morrow Paperbacks
(2007 Founding Sponsor)

Silver Sponsors
Ingram Content Group
Other Press

Friends of National Reading Group Month
Bloomsbury USA
Red Hen Press
SONY Reader Store / SONY Style

For updates on the event, follow us on Twitter (hashtags #NatlReadingGrpMonth and #GrtGrpReads)!

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There are a lot of excellent reasons to drop by the Brooklyn Book Festival this Sunday, including the WNBA-NYC booth!  We will be there from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, September 23rd, at Booth 130, representing the New York chapter.  Thank you to the many women who have volunteered to help out at the booth and spread the word about the organization!

The WNBA will be sharing the booth with representatives from National Reading Group Month, who will be there to promote this year’s Great Group Reads.  Apart from our (*ahem* awesome) booth, there will be a huge variety of vendors—from small presses to big six publishers, from independent bookstores to literary magazines and book clubs.  The festival also has a program schedule jam packed with events of every type.  You can find the full list of program events on their website here!

The Brooklyn Book Festival is located at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, 209 Joralemon Street. Come for the free books and SWAG.  Come for the chance to meet authors and take workshops.  Come to be surrounded by like-minded literary folk who think there is no better way to spend a Sunday than at a book festival!  And if you do come, we hope you will stop by to support the WNBA volunteers and the organization, eat some candy, and talk about books!

Follow @WNBANYC on Twitter the day of the festival for giveaways, live tweets, and festival information from our Social Media Chair, Erica Misoshnik!

Questions about the festival?  Email Hannah Bennett and Erica Misoshnik at programs@wnba-nyc.org.

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