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:


Tour of Amistad Research Center at Tulane University

WNBA-NOLA members toured the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University on Saturday, February 1.  Many thanks to Lisa Moore, Reference Archivist who explained the history of Amistad and the collection focusing on select examples of women’s literary works.  Check out



Celebrating the Carnival Season at our King Cake Party!

We pledged our Reading and Writing Resolutions for 2020!  Thank you Pam Ebel for hosting!!




Exciting Events in 2020!

WNBA members and friends attended a screening of Little Women just days after its opening in late December. Afterwards the group engaged in a lively discussion led by member Anne Boyd Rioux—University of New Orleans professor, scholar, and author of, among other books, Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters.  The discussion touched on the film’s ambiguous ending, feminism, casting, costuming, chronology, and more!   We are so grateful to Anne Boyd Rioux. Please check out her book if you haven’t already. We had such a great time that we hope to host another movie event, perhaps for the upcoming Emma. Stay tuned!


Coming Up:  Friday, January 10, 6 – 8 PM: King Cake Party/ Annual Social

We’ll be asking for RSVPs and then give the address for the party, which will be at the residence of Board Member Pam Ebel.

Our annual Holiday Book Drive will benefit the New Orleans Chapter of GiGi’s Playhouse, a non-profit resource center for the Down Syndrome community. Slated to open in Spring 2020, GiGi’s Playhouse New Orleans will offer educational, physical fitness and life skills programs free-of-charge. They’ve provided us with a list of both proprietary and general access literacy materials for their programs; the materials cover all ages. The list will be sent out separately in a few days with more information on how to participate in this special Book Drive.

We Celebrated National Reading Group Month (again!) on November 21!

WNBA-NOLA members and representatives from local book clubs got together to discuss what else but BOOKS!  We enjoyed socializing at a new venue:  Pelican Publishing, an imprint of Arcadia Publishing, Launch Pad in New Orleans.   We focused on book clubs, then listened to a Great Group Reads panel of WNBA  members who gave interesting and valuable tips on finding that best read!  Panelists included Andrea Panzeca, Kristen Knox, Sheila Cork and Susan Larson.  Missed the meeting?  You can view the Great Good Reads list here




Highlights of our Nov. 5 National Reading Group Month event with writers Jami Attenberg and Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, Hotel Peter and Paul, New Orleans



2019 Pinckley Prize Winners Celebrated!

Megan Abbott and Sarah St. Vincent, this year’s recipients of the 2019 Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction, were honored at a special event on October 10 at the Louisiana Humanities Center in New Orleans. The Pinckley Prizes partner with the Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans, of which Diana Pinckley was a founding member.  The judges this year were novelist J.M. Redmann, author of the Mickey Knight and Nell McGraw series; Constance Adler, author of My Bayou, New Orleans Through the Eyes of a Lover; and music and culture journalist Alison Fensterstock, editor/co-author of The Definition of Bounce.


Fun at Culture Collision!

Members and non-members enjoyed networking and fun at Culture Collision August 28 at the Ogden Museum of Art.


Tour of Paper Machine!

Members and friends enjoyed a really interesting tour of Antenna’s Paper Machine on Saturday, June 1 in New Orleans Lower 9th Ward.  We toured the facility, viewed amazing book creations in its Artist Book Collection, and learned about the center’s community efforts and student outreach.  We gazed in awe at the overhead kinetic sculptural print machine!  Finally, we got a hands-on lesson in creating and printing our own cards, including choosing the message, paper, colors and type face.  See below photos of members setting the type and taking turns on the printing press!  Check out the message on our custom-printed cards!  Many thanks to Paper Machine artists Jessica Peterson and Yuka Petz.

Paper Machine is a 5000 sq ft print shop in the Lower 9th Ward housing a range of traditional and cutting edge print technologies, to enhance, amplify, and explore New Orleans’s rich printing heritage while providing significant opportunities for artists and residents of the Lower Ninth Ward and beyond.





WNBA-NOLA Names New President at Annual Business Meeting May 21

Andrea Panzeca was named WNBA-NOLA president at our Annual Business Meeting held May 21, Tuesday, at Mid-City Library.  Andrea is the author of poetry chapbooks Rusted Bells and Daisy Baskets and Weird… Joe Pesci. She earned an MFA in creative nonfiction at the University of New Orleans, where she was associate nonfiction editor of Bayou Magazine. Her awards include the Carol Gelderman Award for Nonfiction Thesis, the Andrea Saunders Gereighty/Academy of American Poets Award, and two Pabst Cultural Endowment Scholarships. Her poetry and prose has appeared in Ellipsis and her scholarly essay “Naturalism and the Florida Setting in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston” appeared in Excavatio. She grew up in Merritt Island, Florida, and lives in New Orleans. She’s taught with arts organizations including KID smART, the Contemporary Arts Center, and Lelia Haller Ballet Classique.

At the meeting we thanked outgoing president Nina Calvo for her great ideas, energy and access to her beautiful home for chapter events! Participants at the meeting also welcomed new members and brainstormed plans for an exciting year of meetings and events.  Stay tuned for more info!



Highlights of our April 9 Chapter Meeting

We were wowed by the book presentation by Dr. Jane Pinzino, Coordinator for Scholarly Resources for the Humanities at Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. Dr. Pinzino gave us a behind-the-scenes look at Tulane’s Rare Books Collection.

Special Collections’ Rare Books unit preserves approximately 100,000 titles dating from a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible (ca. 1456) to recent first editions. These include a wide range of formats, from miniatures no larger than one inch high, to volumes forty inches tall; from five-hundred year-old books in as fine a condition as the day they were printed to twentieth-century first editions crumbing from the acidity of their paper.



Check out the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival March 27-31!

Schedule here:

Tickets to events are available here:

Join the WNBA-NOLA now and get a discount code when you’re registering to attend any of the 5-day Festival’s events.  Keep in mind that the discount is tied to only Festival-run events and not to outside ticket sites (Le Petit Theatre, Southern Rep, etc.).

WNBA-NOLA members (present and past) participating in the Festival this year are: Constance Adler, Anne Babson, Tracy Cunningham, Nancy Dixon, Samantha Downing, Gina Ferrara, Laura D. Kelley, Susan Larson, Kathleen Calhoun Nettleton, and Anne Boyd Rioux.

See you at the Festival!


January 20 Board Meeting Open to Members!

A WNBA-NOLA chapter board meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, January 20, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Board meetings are open to all members. If you’d like to attend, please let us know and we’ll send you more details.


Holiday Highlights of our Chapter Holiday Party 

on Saturday, December 8 at the home of President Nina Calvo






Blanche Wiesen Cook (historian and notably the author of the 3-volume Eleanor Roosevelt biography) and Clare Coss (playwright, librettist for Emmett Till, the Opera) highlighted WNBA-NOLA’s National Reading Group Month event on November 3.  The authors spoke on the many forms and aspects of biography at Xavier University Library.





                 2018 Pinckley Prize Winners Celebrated!

Ellen Hart and Marcie Rendon received the 2018 Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction on October 6 at The George and Joyce Wein New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Center in New Orleans.  The Pinckley Prizes partner with the Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans, of which Diana Pinckley was a founding member.


HIGHLIGHTS OF our September 29

Annual Chapter Recruitment Social

and Silent Auction Fundraiser

         Putting the Banned Back Together: Celebrating National Banned Book Week

Nearly 30 chapter members and friends joined together at our annual Chapter Recruitment Social and Silent Auction. The gathering was titled Putting the Banned Back Together in honor of Banned Books Week and was held on the last day of that week, Saturday, September 29, from 6 to 9 PM.  Our guest of honor was nationally acclaimed New Orleans journalist and host of WWNO’s Music Inside Out, Gwen Thompkins.


Arts & Letters Series Features WNBA-NOLA Members


Author and Literary Scholar Anne Boyd Rioux in Conversation with The Reading Life’s Susan Larson at the New Orleans Museum of Art on September 14.  They discussed Anne’s new book, Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters. The event was sponsored by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

        Culture Collision 2018: Fun at the WNBA-NOLA Table!


2018 Pinckley Prize Winners Announced!

Ellen Hart and Marcie Rendon are the recipients of the 2018 Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction, named to honor the memory of Diana Pinckley. The prizes will be presented October 6, 2018 at The George and Joyce Wein New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. The Pinckley Prizes partner with the Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans, of which Diana Pinckley was a founding member.

Ellen HartEllen Hart is the winner of the Pinckley Prize for Distinguished Body of Work. Hart is the author of 32 novels in two series, one begun in 1989 and featuring Jane Lawless, a lesbian restaurateur and her best friend, Cordelia Thorne. She is also the author of the Sophie Greenway series. Hart’s novels deal with LGBT issues and have received six prestigious Lambda Literary Awards. In 2017, she was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, its highest honor; she is the first LGBT writer to achieve this recognition. Hart lives in Eden Prairie, Minn.

Marcie RendonMinneapolis resident Marcie Rendon wins the Pinckley Prize for Debut Novel for her book Murder on the Red River, published by Cinco Puntos Press. An enrolled member of the White Earth Nation, Rendon is a playwright, poet, and freelance writer. She has published four nonfiction children’s books; two are Pow Wow Summer and Farmer’s Market: Families Working Together. Rendon is a community arts activist who supports other native artists/writers/creators in pursuing their art.



Save the Date

September 29; 6 – 9 PM:

Putting the Banned Back Together

Annual Chapter Recruitment Social and Silent Auction Fundraiser

at the Uptown home of Vice-President Nina Calvo

Go to Calendar page for Silent Auction info!


June 2 Chapter Meeting Highlights

Many thanks to Chapter VP Nina Calvo for hosting us at her lovely home!  Stay tuned for more info on upcoming events and our September fundraiser!


 April 23 Chapter Meeting

We had a great time at our Chapter meeting.  Shakespeare’s Sisters (that’s us) came together at The Rink shopping center, the beautiful area right outside Garden District Book Shop, to network, share all things literary and socialize.


WNBA-NOLA Members at the Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival

Many of our members participated in the March 21-25 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.
Chapter President and New Orleans intellectual property attorney  Marie Breaux interviewed Peggy L. Fox, Tennessee Williams’ last editor: Literary Discussion A LIFE IN PUBLISHING: TALKING WITH PEGGY L. FOX.
Chapter members and (children’s book editor) Catherine Frank and (children’s book author) Madaline Herlong joined the Literary Discussion THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF CHILDHOOD. Cheryl McGoey Mathis, Regional Advisor for the Louisiana/Mississippi Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, moderated. The panel was sponsored by Chapter Member Kathy and Edmund Schrenk.
Chapter members and poets Stacey BalkunGina FerraraBiljana D. Obradović and Melinda Palacio joined other contributors of Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse for NASTY WOMEN POETS: UNAPOLOGETIC PERFORMANCES. The anthology’s co-editor Julie Kaneformer Louisiana state poet laureate, moderated.
Chapter members (and Chapter co-founder and Past President) Susan Larson and Kathleen Calhoun Nettleton of Pelican Publishing joined a panel of experts for reactions to 2-minute pitches at PITCH PERFECT: GET YOUR STORY IDEA OUT THERE.  The event was sponsored by Pelican Publishing Company.
 Chapter Board Member Constance Adler moderated a Literary Discussion ALL KINDS OF MEMOIR with Beth Ann FennellyAnne GislesonRick Bragg and Minrose Gwin
Chapter Member Dr. Nancy Dixon of Dillard University, Executive Editor of NEW ORLEANS AND THE WORLD, 1718-2018, THE TRICENTENNIAL ANTHOLOGY, led a panel of anthology contributors, including Chapter Member (and Chapter co-founder) and independent scholar Freddi Williams Evans for Literary Discussion NEW ORLEANS AND THE WORLD, 1718-2018, THE TRICENTENNIAL ANTHOLOGY—A Tricentennial Discussion. Contributors to the new landmark anthology from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities discussed the ways New Orleans cemented its reputation as a world capital.
For more information on the full festival program:


January 23 Chapter Meeting Highlights

Members enjoyed a fascinating program on Tulane’s Louisiana Research Collection as a resource for authors on January 23.  The program was presented by Lee Miller, head of the LaRC.

He provided information on how to use archives in literary and historical research, specifically the materials offered at the LaRC.  The collection encompasses almost four linear miles of archival documents, books, maps, and other resources central to the history and culture of Louisiana — from colonial era documents to the LaRC’s renowned Civil War collection, as well as a celebrated Carnival Collection and extensive holdings on Louisiana arts and literature featuring materials from Mark Twain, John Kennedy Toole, and William Faulkner. The LaRC also holds extensive materials on Louisiana politics, women, gender, religion, and New Orleans food culture.

You can find out more about the Louisiana Research Collection at: or find the LaRC on social media: Like LaRC on Facebook / Twitter / Blog




On January 13, WNBA-NOLA presented Words & Society: Women Poets Resist with Louisiana’s former state poet laureate Julie Kane and local poets Stacey Balkun, Gina Ferrara, Andrea Panzeca and Carolyn Hembree as moderator.

The program was part of National Reading Group Month, WNBA’s signature event (rescheduled from last October due to weather), and took place at the Mid-City library, 4140 Canal Street, New Orleans. Books were  sold during the event and the authors were available for signings.

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.

 WNBA-NOLA Holiday Party!

Members and friends celebrated the holidays at our Chapter’s holiday party on Saturday, December 16 at the lovely home of Melinda Palacio and Steve Beisner in New Orleans.

November 10 Meeting Highlights: Bluestockings Preferred

Our monthly get-together had a Centennial theme, Bluestockings Preferred, and featured information and experiences from WNBA-NOLA board members who attended the WNBA Centennial Annual Meeting and Celebration in NYC in October.   We also discussed how members can make the most of their National WNBA membership (included in your chapter membership).
Some highlights of the NYC celebrations: our very own Susan Larson moderated the Friday night National Reading Group Month event in NYC; the Little Free Library is the Second Century Prize winner; an item on our Chapter-administered Pinckley Prizes was in the advertising section of the Centennial program and our Centennial Cocktail recipe (The Bluestocking) was featured on the back of the program.  We’ll had refreshments, including a Centennial birthday cake! After all, the WNBA is 100 years old and it was time for us to party.


WNBA-NOLA’s Susan Larson presents Little Free Library Founder Todd Bol with the WNBA Second Century Prize, a $5,000 grant to an organization that supports the power of reading, past, present, and into the future. The Little Free Library ( is a
nonprofit organization that promotes reading for all ages, but especially children, by building free book exchanges.

*******A reminder: Our holiday party is the evening of December 16. Please save the date.



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.





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.


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

          Image by Susan Ardelie via her blog {link to}.

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.


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.


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 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 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 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

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!




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!


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


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


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


Susan Larson and Constance Adler at the event.


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