The WNBA-New Orleans is a chapter of the Women’s National Book Association which was founded in 1917 (before women had the right to vote) when women were excluded from national publishing gatherings.  With local chapters around the country, WNBA is an organization of women and men who work with and value books.  WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book.  National WNBA web site: wnba-books.org.

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WNBA-NOLA Celebrates NATIONAL READING GROUP MONTH!

Words & Society: Women Poets Resist

Saturday, October 7th, 2017, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Mid-City Branch of the New Orleans Public Library

4140 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

SCHEDULE

 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Meet and Greet –

light refreshments will be served

12:00– 12:30 p.m. – Share Your Book Group Experience

12:30 -1:30 p.m. – Poet Panel Discussion

Reception, book signing and sales to follow

Panel of Poets

Stacey Balkun is the author of Eppur Si Muove, Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak & Lost City Museum. Winner of the 2017 Women’s National Book Association Poetry Prize, her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, Muzzle, Bayou, and others. Chapbook Series Editor for Sundress Publications, Stacey holds an MFA from Fresno State and teaches poetry online at The Poetry Barn and The Loft.

Gina Ferrara is a New Orleans native. Fitting the Sixth Finger: Poems Inspired by the Paintings of Marc Chagallwas published by Aldrich Press, 2017. She teaches English and creative writing at Delgado Community College, and her poems have appeared in Callaloo, anderbo, Cultural Vistas, Valley Voices, and The Poetry Ireland Review, among others. She has been awarded grants by the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Southern Artists Federation and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. In 2013 and 2016 she was nominated for a Pushcart. Since 2007 she has curated The Poetry Buffet, a reading series presented by the New Orleans Public Library.

Julie Kane, the 2011-2013 Louisiana Poet Laureate, is Professor Emeritus of English at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Her poems have appeared in over sixty anthologies including Best American Poetry 2016, as well as being featured three times on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. New this fall is Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017), co-edited with Grace Bauer. She and Grace previously co-edited Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum (Xavier Review Press, 2006), which was a finalist for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Book Award in Poetry.

Melinda Palacio is a poet, author, and speaker. She lives in Santa Barbara and New Orleans. Her poetry chapbook, Folsom Lockdown, won Kulupi Press’ Sense of Place 2009 award. She is the author of the novel, Ocotillo Dreams (ASU Bilingual Press 2011), for which she received the Mariposa Award for Best First Book at the 2012 International Latino Book Awards and a 2012 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. Her first full-length poetry collection How Fire Is a Story, Waiting (Tia Chucha Press 2012), was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Award, the Paterson Prize, and received First Prize in Poetry at the 2013 International Latino Book Awards. In 2015, her work was featured on the Academy of American Poets, Poem-a-Day Program. Melinda’s new poetry collection, Bird Forgiveness, is forthcoming from 3Taos Press in 2018. Read more of Melinda’s work at www.melindapalacio.com.

Andrea Panzeca is the author of poetry chapbooks Rusted Bells and Daisy Baskets and Weird… Joe Pesci. She earned her M.F.A. in creative nonfiction writing at the University of New Orleans, where she was associate nonfiction editor of Bayou Magazine. She has published poetry, memoir, and a scholarly essay on Zora Neale Hurston. She also cartoons, sculpts, dances, and teaches in New Orleans, where she lives. She grew up in Merritt Island, Florida.

Carolyn Hembree (our moderator) was born in Bristol, Tennessee. Her debut poetry collection, Skinny, came out from Kore Press in 2012. In 2016, Trio House Books published her second collection, Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine and Other Ways to Escape a Plague, selected by Neil Shepard for the 2015 Trio Award and by Stephanie Strickland for the 2015 Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, Contrary, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Poetry Daily, and other publications. She has received grants and fellowships from PEN, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the Southern Arts Federation. An assistant professor at the University of New Orleans, Carolyn teaches writing and serves as poetry editor of Bayou Magazine. Thanks to an ATLAS grant, she will spend the next year writing. You can read more of her work at www.carolynhembree.com

National Reading Group Month is an initiative of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA).  Founded in 1917, WNBA promotes literacy, a love of reading, and women’s roles in the community of the book.  For more information on WNBA-NOLA, contact: wnbaofnola@gmail.com

The New Orleans Public Library is not a sponsor, nor does it endorse any practices or points of view of the sponsors of this program.

September 16 Chapter Meeting Kicks Off Our New Season!

Did you miss this meeting!  Current and new members had a great time at the Pearl Wine Co. !  We celebrated our national organization’s 100th birthday (!) and enjoyed a special literary-themed drink called the Bluestocking!  Check the photos to see who wore blue stockings!  Many thanks to Pearl Wine Co. and St. James Cheese Co. for the refreshments.  Be sure to check our calendar for more exciting events coming up in 2017 and 2018.

 

 

PINCKLEY PRIZES FOR CRIME FICTION AWARDED TO 

LOUISE PENNY AND TRUDY NAN BOYCE    

Several hundred avid fans of Louise Penny and Trudy Nan Boyce were on hand to see the authors receive the 2017 Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction  September 8 at The Academy of the Sacred Heart/Nims Fine Arts Center, 4301 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.   The Prizes were launched in 2012 by the Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans to honor Diana Pinckley, who was a founding member, as well as a civic activist who gave her time and energy to local and national causes.  Note: see Blog page for more info.

 

WNBA-NOLA at Culture Collision!

We had a table at Culture Collision August 30 and shared info on our upcoming events and meetings with several hundred attendees!  Check out info below and on our calendar to see what’s coming up for the rest of 2017 and 2018!

                              

                                  

 

Members enjoyed a great Pinckley Prizes Pop-Up Book Discussion on August 26 at the home of Nina Calvo. We discussed these works of the 2017 prizewinners: A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny and Out of the Blues by Trudy Nan Boyce.  The Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction will be awarded on September 8, 6 PM, at The Academy of the Sacred Heart/Nims Fine Arts Center, 4301 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. This will be a ticketed event: see Octavia Books for more info.  www.pinckleyprizes.org

 

September 16: Season Kick-off Meeting/ Celebration of National’s Centennial

Kick off our new season and celebrate National’s 100 year anniversary with fellow members and potential new members at Pearl Wine Company at the American Can Company, 3700 Orleans Ave., on Saturday, September 16, from 6 PM to 8 PM.
We will congregate in the bistro/bar area, and we hope that you will bring an interested friend. We have 35 tickets to give away to members on a first-come, first-serve basis, which will give you a sample of a special drink the bartender will concoct especially for us on the theme of ‘bluestocking’ (a term from the 18th century describing a woman of an intellectual or literary bent). Enjoy refreshments from St. James Cheese Company. Blue stockings are optional!  And here’s a novel idea for our chapter meetings going forward: ‘bring a book, take a book’.   
Hope to see you there!    
Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 13to wnbaofnola@gmail.com.

          Image by Susan Ardelie via her blog {link to http://lifetakeslemons.wordpress.com}.

In Memoriam

The Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans mourns the passing of Dianne de las Casas, one of our earliest members, August 21, 2017. Dianne was a prolific author of children’s picture books, known for such works as Cinderellaphant, The Little ‘Read’ Hen, There’s a Dragon in the Library, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, The House that Santa Built, and most recently, Captain Deadeye and the Bully Shark. She was a talented storyteller, gifted with the ability to make her audience join in the fun of her performances. And she was tireless in her efforts to promote children’s books with her work as the founder of Picture Book Month in November. She was not just a New Orleans treasure – she traveled the world. And she always brought that New Orleans spirit with her in her colorful and flamboyant style!

During the chapter’s first year, she gave a fabulous workshop on social media at the Tulane University Bookstore, and we had the pleasure of treats created by her daughter, Kid Chef Eliana Marisol. Our hearts go out to Eliana Marisol, Soleil Lisette, and John Couret.

BOARD & MEMBER RETREAT

On July 16, Board members and chapter members enjoyed a delicious Sunday brunch and a busy afternoon of planning programs and events for the year ahead starting this fall!   Held at the home of President Marie Breaux, the Retreat set the stage for a lively discussion of all things literary and how we can promote reading and support women writers.  There was great food and drink….and there was champagne when all the work was done!  As Marie told attendees, “We have great plans for the coming year.  Even better, you all make the WNBA-NOLA so much fun!”  Member Pam Ebel said, “Thank you for hosting a wonderful and creative day. Your home is a wonderful, eclectic venue that makes creativity flow. I look forward to working with everyone in the future.”

And if you weren’t at the board retreat, we ask that you take a few minutes to read a post at the site’s blog page. It should be of interest to all members as we get ready to plan our upcoming year. http://wnba-nola.org/?p=1085

CHAPTER POTLUCK

The June Social/Networking Potluck Dinner was packed with members, friends and food. They kept coming in waves — and in the case of the food that was a good thing as everything had to be tasted. Incoming president Marie Breaux thanked soon-to-be-Past President Sheila Cork and her husband John, presenting them with WNBA-N.O. travel mugs. Member Susan Larson was given the same as thanks for hosting at her lovely, book-filled home.

LOUISE PENNY AND TRUDY NAN BOYCE WILL RECEIVE PINCKLEY PRIZES FOR CRIME FICTION 

Louise Penny and Trudy Nan Boyce are the recipients of the Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction, named to honor the memory of Diana Pinckley, longtime crime fiction columnist for The New Orleans Times-Picayune. The prizes will be presented September 8, 2017 at The Academy of the Sacred Heart/Nims Fine Arts Center, 4301 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. This ticketed event is open to the public.  The Prizes were launched in 2012 by the Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans to honor Diana Pinckley, who was a founding member, as well as a civic activist who gave her time and energy to local and national causes.  Note: see Blog page for more info.

An Evening with some Sassy Bookwomen of New Orleans!

Despite a pesky rainstorm on May 30th, members enjoyed a fabulous evening to discuss the Sassy Bookwomen of New Orleans, our inaugural Book Circle held at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.  The program was facilitated by Freddi Williams Evans. Freddi was recently awarded the title of Humanities Hero by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.  Note: see Blog page for more info.

 

An Afternoon with Emily Dickinson

On May 21 several Chapter members viewed A Quiet Passion at the Broad Street Theater and then stayed (in the theater’s roomy bar) for a round-table discussion about the movie and the life of Emily Dickinson facilitated by Chapter Member Constance Adler.

         

Women’s National Book Association Launches Centennial Year with Celebrating Women’s Voices and Book-A-Day Women’s History Month Program for the New Administration

As part of the celebration marking its 100th anniversary, the Women’s National Book Association will send a book a day throughout March to President Trump that the organization believes sheds light on many of the critical issues faced by the country. The books have been taken from a list of the top 100 books in both fiction and nonfiction compiled by the WNBA to reflect, in its estimation, the most influential books written by women.

Noting the absence of other types of non-fiction works, our Chapter Vice-President (and acting President) Marie Breaux contacted National; their response was that she had a wonderful idea.  A second list of non-fiction works was started with our Chapter leading the charge!

The entire list is available at the WNBA Centennial site https://www.wnba-centennial.org/celebrating-women-s-voices as a webpage or PDF.

Highlights of our January 28th meeting

WNBA-New Orleans members enjoyed a special January meeting at the home of member Nina Calvo, Doris Stone Director, Latin American Library, Tulane University.  Nina presented and led the discussion of the work of 17th century Mexican writer Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (New Spain, 1648-1692).  She was the major figure of Spanish American literature of the colonial period (1492-1821) and a towering figure of the Spanish language of any age.

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Here is a message from Nina before the meeting:

Dear WNBA-NOLA friends,
I am very much looking forward to seeing everyone at my house on Saturday, January 28 to discuss the work of 17th century Mexican writer Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (New Spain, 1648-1692).  She is the major figure of Spanish American literature of the colonial period (1492-1821) and a towering figure of the Spanish language of any age.  Did I mention she also happened to be a woman?  
My hope is that everyone walks away with a general sense of who Sor Juana was, what her writing was like, and why she may still be relevant today. I hope you enjoy the readings!     Nina

RSVP to wnbaofnola@gmail.com to receive readings along with Nina’s address, which is in uptown New Orleans.  Refreshments will be provided, as well as the usual convivial discussion and camaraderie.  See you there!

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WNBA’s Fifth Annual Writing Contest:   Be a part of history: The Women’s National Book Association is accepting submissions for its Annual Writing Contest, 9/15/2016 through 2/15/2017. After nearly 100 years celebrating published authors, extraordinary book women and honoring independent bookstores, the WNBA is celebrating emerging writers.  For more information, go to http://www.wnba-books.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/2016_Writing_Contest_Web.pdf

Celebrating the Holidays at our December 9th party!

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Highlights of our Nov. 28 meeting:  

Celebrating Women’s Voices: 100 Books to Read and Talk About.”  We started our planning for the 100th anniversary of the National Women’s Book Association in 2017!   We worked on compiling our chapter’s list of the 100 best books of fiction, poetry, and memoir written by US women, one title per author.  Additionally, our chapter is specifically spearheading a nonfiction list.  See Blog page for more information.

We also had great fun coming up with an idea for a special Centennial Cocktail!  Stay tuned for an update on that!

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Highlights of our Oct. 30 meeting:   We had a great time at our Halloween-themed meeting!  Guest speaker and author Bonnie Noonan presented entertaining and informative information on Women in Science Fiction Films. We all agreed that this should be an October meeting must next year!

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Chapter Vice President Marie Breaux introduced Bonnie Noonan, author of several books about women and science fiction films.

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Bonnie Noonan explains what’s happening in this science fiction film.

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Meeting host Peter Martinat, Nina Calvo and hostess Marie Breaux enjoy some Bloody Mary’s.

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Susan Larson and Constance Adler at the event.

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Dawn Wilson and “Wonder Woman” Melinda Palacio enjoyed the fun.

 

 

 

 

 ** Second line trumpeter image in banner above is used with the permission of Louisiana artist Lorraine Gendron.  More information on Lorraine’s work can be found at www.lorrainepgendron.com