Posts Tagged ‘Neighborhood Lunch’


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.


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


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.


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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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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It’s becoming something of a tradition to start our year with a Neighborhood Lunch at Smorgas Chef, and once you take a look at their Northern European-inspired menu, you’ll understand why this restaurant is a WNBA-NYC favorite.

Join your fellow WNBA-ers for the first Neighborhood Lunch of the new year at Smorgas Chef @ Scandinavia House, located at 58 Park Avenue, between 37th & 38th Streets.  The lunch will take place on Tuesday, January 22, from 12.30 PM–2:00 PM, so treat yourself to a long lunch with some delicious food and great company!

Neighborhood lunches are a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends, make some new ones, and of course to network, so bring your business cards.  And if you have a friend who’s interested in joining the chapter, be sure to bring them along too!

If interested in attending, please RSVP to Janet Mazefsky by 1/20 at jmazefsky@aol.com.

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Well, Sandy the Frankenstorm has come and gone, but left quite a mess in her wake!  We hope everyone in the area is safe and fared well through the storm.  Due to the storm, the Neighborhood Lunch has been rescheduled to November 6th at 12:30 PM.  Hopefully, NY transportation will be up and running again by then!

It’s still at the same great restaurant, the Turkish Kitchen, at 386 Third Avenue between 27th & 28th streets, and the restaurant’s fantastic four course prix fixe lunch will still be just $16.95. The only thing that’s changed is the date. Come enjoy some great Turkish food and the company of some of your fellow WNBA-ers, and share your Sandy survival stories!

Don’t forget that this is an ideal opportunity to introduce a friend to WNBA-NYC!  RSVP by November 5th to Janet Mazefsky at jmazefsky@aol.com.

This event is only open to members and their guests, so if you’re interested in becoming a member, click here!

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Don’t miss the final Neighborhood Lunch of the season!  The June lunch will be held at Arte Café, an Italian restaurant located in a landmark brownstone on NYC’s Upper West Side.  Come join your fellow WNBA-ers in wrapping up this fantastic WNBA season!

Tuesday, June 19, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Arte Café, 106 West 73rd Street, 10023
(Between Amsterdam & Columbus Avenues.)

RSVP by June 17: jmazefsky@aol.com

(Prix Fixe Lunch $12.95)

This event is only open to members, so if you’re interested in becoming a member, click here!

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Why is now the best time to join the NYC Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA-NYC)? Because new memberships received over the next few months will extend through August 2013! If that’s not enough of a reason, our Membership Chairperson, Rachel Weiss-Feldman, explains all the great benefits below:

If you are a writer, WNBA-NYC offers opportunities to read and get read! You can have your query letter reviewed by literary agents at our annual Query Roulette, entertain members and non-members alike with original prose at Open Mic Night (next one scheduled for May 23), or contribute to our monthly chapter newsletter or daily blog.

If you are a reader, the WNBA initiative, National Reading Group Month/Great Group Reads can introduce you to some of the best books and authors of the year!  National and local chapter events for NRGM are planned every Fall, featuring top authors such as Julie Otsuka, Scott Spencer, and Nayana Currimbhoy. Or get involved with Great Group Reads, an annual booklist selected by a members-only committee.

If you’re an industry professional (or trying to be), WNBA-NYC holds members-only networking functions and houses member profiles in a members-only database to help you connect to others. Our panel events—free for members—offer industry insight into the world of digital/e-publishing, marketing, production, bestselling fiction, and independent book sales, and more. Our social communities on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn offer networking opportunities, as well as promotions for your company, book, or project.

The WNBA-NYC Chapter’s annual year runs from September to August. Members may join all year round, but are up for renewal every August 31. Right now, however, a unique window for membership is open. Those that join between April and August have their membership extended to the following year—a result of up to four additional months!

Join now and take advantage of our upcoming events like The Historical Fiction Panel; Open Mic Night at KGB Bar; the downtown Indie Bookstore Crawl; and a neighborhood lunch at a local NYC restaurant. A full list of programs and events can be found on our website’s WNBA-NYC Program and Event Calendar.

If you’re a lover of books, writing, and publishing, you’ll love us as well! Go to the WNBA-NYC membership page for complete details and how to apply!

If you have questions or need further information, feel free to email Rachel Weiss-Feldman at membership@wnba-nyc.org

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When: Tuesday, March 20, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Where: Jackson Diner, 72 University Place (btw. 10th & 11th)

RSVP by March 18 to Janet Mazefsky: jmazefsky (at) aol (dot) com

More details to come!

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