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International Women's DayBy Jill Tardiff

The Women’s National Book Association is a Non-Governmental Organization member of the United Nations, supporting the United Nation in its goals. Below, find some of the upcoming UN events in support of women around the globe!



International Women’s Day — March 8 2013

Women’s Day 2013
2013 Theme: “The Gender Agenda—Gaining Momentum”

“International Women’s Day 8 March is an incredibly amazing day. Millions of people around the world come together celebrating achievement or fighting for justice.”

Follow on Twitter: @womensday

Women for Women International
“A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”

Women for Women International supports women in war-torn regions with financial and emotional aid, job-skills training, rights education and small business assistance so they can rebuild their lives.

Recommended reading:
If You Knew Me You Would Care, by Zainab Salbi, with photographs by Rennio Maifredi


Commission on the Status of Women — March 4–15, 2013

“Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls”

The 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

  • Priority theme: “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls”
  • Review theme: “The equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS”
  • Emerging theme: “Key gender equality issues to be reflected in the post-2015 development framework”
  • Priority theme 2014: “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”

Participants: Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attend the session.

Side events (select themes):

  • “Engendering Bottom-up Reform: Grassroots Women’s Tool for Securing Access to Justice,” Sponsor(-s): United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Huairou Commission
  • “Using new technology and social media to address violence against women and girls,” Sponsor(-s): Australia
  • “A Girl’s Right to Learn Without Fear: Working to End Gender Based Violence at School,” Sponsor(-s): United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), Plan International, 10×10
  • “Safety of Women Journalists,” Sponsor(-s): United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • “UN Women’s Knowledge Gateway on Women’s Economic Empowerment,” Sponsor(-s): UN Women
  • “Girls Growing Up Free of Violence: Promoting Tolerance, Equality and Respect,” Sponsor(-s): United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • “Effective Remedies for Victims of Trafficking in Persons,” Sponsor(-s): Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Follow CSW:
Facebook: United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Twitter: @UN_CSW (hashtag: #CSW57)


The United Nations on iTunes

Surprised? Don’t be. You can hold the UN in the palm of your hand with these various apps with topics including Basic Facts about the United Nations, United Nations Charter, Millennium Development Goals. Most are free, while others charge a nominal fee. Podcasts from UN Radio and United Nations University are also available.

Recommendations: Charter of the United Nations; Millennium Development Goals; Model UN; Rio+20 Agenda; UN Chronicle; UNESCO World Heritage; Universal Declaration of Human Rights; UN Calendar of Observances; UNICEF Photography; Women’s Rights.


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blue ribbonSince 1983, the Women’s National Book Association has awarded one of the most prestigious honors in children’s bookselling.  Given annually at BookExpo America’s Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, the WNBA Pannell Award recognizes bookstores that enhance their communities by bringing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading in their young patrons.

Every year a panel of publishing professionals selects two winners of the award—one a general bookstore and one a children’s specialty bookstore.  The store nominations come from customers, sales reps,  store personnel, or anyone who has been impressed with the work of a particular independent bookstore.  This year’s nominees are:

General Bookstore  Children’s Specialty Store
Avid Book Shop, Athens, GA Books and Cookies, Santa Monica, CA
Byrd’s Books, Bethel, CT 4 Kids Books & Toys, Zionsville, IN
Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, MI Hooray for Books, Alexandria, VA
Newtonville Books, Newtonville, MA The Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI
Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA The Voracious Reader, Larchmont, NY
Main Street Books, Davidson, NC Children’s Book World, Los Angeles, CA
Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC

The nominated store puts together an electronic submission with a description of activities, goals, or any contribution to the local community that involves young people and books. Photos, media coverage, letters from customers, or anything else that transmits the degree of contribution can be included in the submission. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2013.

The Pannell Award jurors for 2013 are:

  • Cheryl Willis Hudson, vice president and editorial director of Just Us Books
  • Andrew Karre, editorial director of Carolrhoda, an imprint of the Lerner Publishing Group
  • Lisa von Drasek, curator of Children’s Literature Research Collections, Univ. of Minnesota
  • Emma D. Dryden, children’s editorial and publishing consultant, Dryden Books
  • Kelli Chipponeri, executive editor/children’s, Chronicle Books

The jurors will make their decision by late April, and a phone call will notify the winners, as well as all stores sending submissions. Each of the two winners will receive a $1,000 check and a framed signed original piece of art by a children’s illustrator.  The presentation of the award will be in New York at the BEA/ABA Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, which draws more than 1,000 attendees.

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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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The following piece by Deborah Batterman was originally published in the February edition of the New York Bookwoman.

Deborah BattermanI was one of the lucky twelve to land a spot in WNBA-NYC’s Facebook Marketing for Writers, a workshop at the Pace University Graduate Center on January 16, taught by Melissa Rosati.

Within twenty-four hours I was busy updating my Facebook page, a more professional look now; the workshop was just the inspiration/push I needed.

Attendees were a mix of newbies curious to learn the Facebook ropes and those like me who reside somewhere between middle and high school on the social media spectrum. Taking us point-by-point via a slide show—forever available on Slideshare!—Rosati opened the doors to the whys and wherefores of that social network, which was initially designed for ‘relationships.’

Clearly, though, there’s more than one face to Facebook now. As Rosati pointed out, 75% of a surveyed group believe that it’s important to their success as writers. So what started as a virtual town square for communicating with friends, family, etc., via a Profilehas evolved into a larger forum for reaching a targeted audience, via a Fan Page.

It takes some strategizing, yes, to get into what Rosati delightfully terms the Facebook ‘brain’ (i.e., the algorithm that determines your ranking in the constant stream of newsfeeds). In a word, you’re only as interesting as what you post/share/comment on. Photos are what that ‘brain’ likes most, followed by interesting links, then comments and likes. My own experience bears that out—post a photo and more people pay attention. Likewise, the newsfeeds you become associated with, as either a ‘content creator’ or a ‘content curator’ are your branding.

So what’s a writer to do?

facebook logoFor those to whom Facebook is uncharted terrain, and even those swimming in the sea of newsfeeds, Rosati’s slide show is a treasure trove of tips and resources. Anyone determined to crack the code will find much that’s self-explanatory and a great deal to be gained from the invaluable links she provides, tutorials and all. If it feels dizzying, it’s called a learning curve.

In the end, though, Rosati herself says, at some point you may need professional help. All the more reason to be amused by what David Sedaris wrote on his Facebook page the other day: “I have never written anything on this page before, but it’s a new year, and one of my resolutions is to try more new things. ‘Engaging on Facebook’ was on my list between, ‘1. Visit Poland’ and ‘3. Experiment with turtlenecks.’

Yes, indeed, someone else manages his page.

Deborah Batterman is a fiction writer, essayist, and teaching artist. A story from her debut collection, Shoes Hair Nails, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in anthologies as well as various print and online journals, and a selection of her essays, Because my name is mother, is now available as an e-book.

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SPLATT! BLAM! KA-POW!  As Guardians of the Book, the Women’s National Book Association hereby forgives DC Comics’ crimes against the English language in gratitude for the decades of thrills they’ve given the world in return.

Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels, and magazines each year, including Mad Magazine, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

How do they do it? Do they get paid for having that much fun? Come and find out on this very special tour for members of WNBA-NYC!

Tuesday, February 19, 4:00 PM — 6:00 PM
DC Entertainment, 1700 Broadway, between 53rd and 54th streets

For paid-up members only. Limit to 25. Strictly first come, first served basis!

If you’re interested in attending this special tour, RSVP to programs@wnba-nyc.org.

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By Roz Reisner, Chair, Reading Committee, Great Group Reads

“We are always looking for the book it is necessary to read next.”
–Saul Bellow

NRGM2If you’re an avid fiction and memoir reader and a member of a book group, you may be the right person to join the 2013 Great Group Reads reading committee. Great Group Reads is part of National Reading Group Month, which is sponsored by the WNBA. Now that 2013 has arrived, we’re gearing up for the new round of reading, commenting, and voting.

As chair of the Reading Committee for Great Group Reads, I had the pleasure this past year of working with 22 dedicated readers, all WNBA members, who graciously put up with the bundles of books delivered to their doors and dove into our project. Each member of the committee read 25 books between April and August, thought about whether they could recommend the books for discussion groups, and posted their thoughtful comments on our private blog. We voted in August and the list was announced in time for National Reading Group Month in October.

You can view the 2012 GGR list of titles by clicking this link:
National Reading Group Month – 2012.

We are now heading into the fifth year of Great Group Reads, and interest in the program increases, as publicity expands and publishers become more aware of the value of their books appearing on the list. We’re anticipating that more publishers will want to submit books and become sponsors and more media outlets will want to publicize the list.  

Many of last year’s readers have indicated that they’d like to continue—a tribute to their stamina, but also to the excitement of reading and discussing good books! We would like to add a few new readers to the committee.

We are looking for thoughtful readers who:

  1. Read widely, particularly in literary fiction and memoirs
  2. Can commit the time to read up to 25 books in 4-5 months
  3. Are currently involved in a book discussion group—and have a sense of what titles will spark discussion
  4. Feel comfortable expressing an opinion about what they’ve read beyond “I liked it” or “I didn’t like it,” and posting it on a group blog

This is a “recommendation” and not a “review” task. We’re thoughtful readers, not literary critics.

If this sounds exciting to you, please contact Rosalind Reisner at roz@thereisners.net for more information and answers to any questions you may have about Great Group Reads and the reading committee.

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Do you have a favorite children’s bookstore? Why not show your appreciation by nominating them for the Pannell Award?  Given annually at BookExpo America’s Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, the WNBA Pannell Award recognizes bookstores that enhance their communities by bringing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading and books in their young patrons.

Every year a panel of publishing professionals selects two winners of the award—one a general bookstore and one a children’s specialty bookstore. The store nominations come from customers, sales reps, store personnel, or anyone who has been impressed with the work of a particular independent bookstore. Anyone can make a nomination, and the deadline has been extended to Thursday, January 31st!

Nominations are simple to submit via our dedicated email: PannellAward@gmail.com. Your nominating email should include the following:

  1. Name, email address, and phone number of person making the nomination
  2. That person’s connection to the nominated store
  3. A brief statement outlining the reasons that store is being nominated
  4. Contact info for the owner/manager of the nominated store

Along with WNBA, Penguin Young Readers Group co-sponsors the award, which was established in honor of Lucille Micheels Pannell, founding member of one of the WNBA chapters. Read about last year’s winners here.

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