Chapter Member Jean Redmann
will be a speaker at the 15th Annual Saints & Sinners Literary Festival
. Writing as J.M. Redmann, Jean is the author of the Mickey Knight mystery series. Writing as R. Jean Reid, her Perdition
is the follow up to Roots of Murder
to Jean on The Girl on the Edge of Summer
being a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award
in the category of Lesbian Mystery.
Chapter Member and award-winning poet Laura Mullen
is the 2017-18 Arons Poet
at Newcomb College Institute. She will read in Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University uptown campus on April 9
, at 7:00 pm. Florie Gale Arons graduated from Newcomb College in 1950. Her daughters established the poetry program in 1999 in honor of her 70th birthday. It continues today in her memory. Every year since 1999, the Florie Gale Arons program has brought a distinguished female poet to campus for a poetry reading and workshop.
Chapter Member Chris Smith
, Manager of Adult Programming for the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Avenue, Metairie
, announces a celebration of Poetry Month in April with four local poets on four consecutive Monday nights at 7 PM starting on April 2. Chapter Member Melinda Palacio
will read her poems and describe her vision of poetry on the third Monday, April 16. For more information regarding these presentations, contact Chris at 504-889-8143
Board Members Susan Larson
and Dawn Ruth Wilson
have written chapters in New Orleans: The First 300 Years
. Susan’s chapter is “Literary Heritage” and Dawn’s is “Education”. Dawn writes a monthly education column for New Orleans
magazine. The book is published by Pelican Publishing.
Chapter President and New Orleans intellectual property attorney Marie Breaux
interviews Peggy L. Fox, Tennessee Williams’ last editor, Saturday, March 24, 10 AM
—Literary Discussion A LIFE IN PUBLISHING: TALKING WITH PEGGY L. FOX. Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street
, $10 or Literary Discussion Pass, Combo Pass or VIP Pass.
Chapter members and (children’s book editor) Catherine Frank and (children’s book author) Madaline Herlong join in Saturday, March 24, 10 AM for 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, moderates. Sponsored by Chapter Member Kathy and Edmund Schrenk. Muriel’s Jackson Square Restaurant, $10 or Literary Discussion Pass, Combo Pass, or VIP Pass.
Chapter members and poets Stacey Balkun
, Gina Ferrara
, Biljana D. Obradović
and Melinda Palacio
join other contributors of Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse
for NASTY WOMEN POETS: UNAPOLOGETIC PERFORMANCES. The anthology’s co-editor Julie Kane,
former Louisiana state poet laureate, moderates. Saturday, March 24, 1 PM
Hotel Monteleone Vieux Carre Room.
Access included in VIP
ticket package. Individual tickets
available for $10.
will also discuss her work in the anthology Mending for Memory
on Saturday, March 24, 11:30 AM
at Muriel’s Jackson Square for Literary Discussion MENDING FOR MEMORY: NEEDLE, THREAD, WORDS. $10 or Literary Discussion Pass, Combo Pass or VIP Pass.
Chapter members (and Chapter co-founder and Past President) Susan Larson
and Kathleen Calhoun Nettleton
of Pelican Publishing will be part of a panel of experts for reactions to 2-minute pitches at PITCH PERFECT: GET YOUR STORY IDEA OUT THERE Saturday, March 24, 1 PM,
Muriel’s Jackson Square. Come early to sign up for a spot and stick around to learn how to refine a pitch. Sponsored by Pelican Publishing Company
. $10 or Literary Discussion Pass, Combo Pass or VIP Pass.
Chapter Board Member Constance Adler
moderates Literary Discussion ALL KINDS OF MEMOIR with Beth Ann Fennelly
, Anne Gisleson
, Rick Bragg
and Minrose Gwin. Saturday, March 24, 2:30 PM
Hotel Monteleone Queen Anne Ballroom. $10 or Literary Discussion Pass, Combo Pass or VIP Pass.
Chapter Member Dr. Nancy Dixon
of Dillard University, Executive Editor of NEW ORLEANS AND THE WORLD, 1718-2018, THE TRICENTENNIAL ANTHOLOGY,
will lead a panel of anthology contributors, including Chapter Member (and Chapter co-founder) and independent scholar Freddi Williams Evans
on Sunday, March 25, 10 AM for
Literary Discussion NEW ORLEANS AND THE WORLD, 1718-2018, THE TRICENTENNIAL ANTHOLOGY
—A Tricentennial Discussion. Hotel Monteleone, Royal Ballroom, $10 or Literary Discussion Pass, Combo Pass or VIP Pass. Contributors to the new landmark anthology from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities discuss the ways New Orleans cemented its reputation as a world capital.
Chapter Member Dr.Miki Pfeffer was the featured speaker for the Bonnie Bourg Lecture Series in honor of Women’s History Month at Nicholls State University. Miki’s book, Southern Ladies and Suffragists: Julia Ward Howe and Women’s Rights at the 1884 New Orleans World’s Fair, won the 2015 Eudora Welty Prize. She is currently transcribing Grace King’s letters for future publication and in October of 2018 she will be speaking at the Mark Twain Center in Elmira, New York.
Chapter Member Chris Smith
and Manager of Adult Programming at Jefferson Parish Library announces that the Reading Minds will discuss Don Quixote
at 7 p.m.
on 12 Monday night sessions during 2018 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie
.This event is free of charge and open to the public. For more info, contact Chris at (504) 889-8143 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapter Member Laura Lane McNeal‘s
first published novel Dollbaby,
a 2015 Pat Conroy Award Finalist, was recently optioned for film by Alison Eastwood (Clint’s daughter) and Gulfstream Productions. Announcement from the Hollywood Reporter coming soon!
Chapter Member Ann Benoit, Times-Picayune columnist and photographer, recently spoke on New Orleans food and culture at the New Orleans Book Festival. She is appearing at the St.Tammany Holiday Festival of the Arts and is a founder and Vice-President of the New Orleans Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Her most recent books are New Orleans Best Seafood Restaurants and New Orleans Best Ethnic Restaurants, both named to the Top 20 Louisiana cookbooks by Amazon.
Chapter Member Anne Boyd Rioux
‘s new book Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters
will be published in August by Norton to coincide with the novel’s 150th birthday.
Read two poems by Chapter member Alexandra Reisner
in the latest issue of Knicknackery
Chapter Member Andrea Panzeca is the author of poetry chapbooks Rusted Bells and Daisy Baskets and Weird… Joe Pesci.
Chapter Member Kathy Schrenk‘s middle-grade novel is A Dog Steals Home.
Chapter Member Gina Ferrara‘s latest poetry collection is Fitting the Sixth Finger: Poems Inspired by the Paintings of Marc Chagall.Gina’s book is the focus of the feature The Whole Story in the latest WNBA Bookwoman newsletter. Chapter members Susan Larson and Melinda Palacio talk about and review Gina’s work in the feature. You can also listen to Susan interview Gina here.
Chapter Member Molly Pulda led Newcomb Summer Session: Women’s Literature, which is Newcomb’s new pre-college program. Twenty high school students immersed themselves in women’s literature and leadership for a week; they read Virginia Woolf, Alice Walker and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Guest speakers included Chapter members Anne Boyd Rioux and Sally Kenney.
High school girls attend a Zine workshop at Tulane, June 16, 2017.
Chapter Member, and one of the founding members, Freddi Williams Evans
, award-winning author, independent scholar, arts educator and community activist, is being lauded as a Humanities Hero
by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
(LEH). Among her many other activities and accomplishments, she currently serves as scholar for the Prime Time Family Time Literacy Program and as dean of Ashé Cultural Arts Center’s Institute of Cultural Education. She is the author of Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans
and an international authority on the topic. She has also authored three historically based children’s books. She is on the editorial board of the city’s tricentennial book, New Orleans & The World: The Tricentennial Anthology
READ Posters from our May 2016 meeting:
Many thanks to Meghan Kelly, Country Day Lower School librarian, and Mary (Meb) Norton, Country Day School Director of Libraries, for hosting our meeting last year and for creating a fun poster
-making activity! Each member was asked to bring and pose with a copy of her favorite book. Pictured below are Membership Chair Sara Woodard
with My Reading Life
by Pat Conroy and Community Outreach Chair Linda Prout
with The Little Free Library Book
by Margret Aldrich.
Chapter member Jenny B. Tilbury
‘s Welcome to the Garden Club
received an iUniverse “Editor’s Choice” award. Welcome to the Garden Club
is now available at Jefferson Parish and Orleans Parish Libraries.
Chapter Members’ Holiday Book Traditions:
from Member Miki Pfeffer: Last year’s Christmas card was fun to create. My book tree is topped with my own Southern Ladies and Suffragists; Julia Ward Howe and Women’s Rights at the 1884 New Orleans World’s Fair.
from Membership Chair Sara Woodard: Every year, I take out these faded holiday books, hand-written and illustrated by my two sons many years ago, and place them under the tree. (Yeah, they really love that!) I also add some local books, like the Cajun Night Before Christmas!
from Secretary Teresa Tumminello Brader: My Dickens Village started small and has grown (too!) big, but it remains centered around the story of A Christmas Carol (other Dickens’ novels are also represented). Though its details may change from year to year, I strive to keep the display as historically and literarily accurate as possible.
from Treasurer Karen Kersting: We observe the Advent tradition in my house with the Autumn/Winter volume of Phyllis Tickle’s “Divine Hours”. This book includes an entire section specifically arranged for the 4 weeks before Christmas. The selections of songs, prayers and quotes provides an opportunity for some reflective quiet in the midst of all the other preparations and celebrations. In the photo is an image of our Advent wreath & the book. It has become an oddly humorous family tradition that I can NEVER seem to find 3 purple candles of either the same size nor all in the exact same shade of purple. One year, I had no choice but to buy 4 white candles and embellish them with the correct-colored ribbon!
Co-founding Chapter member and Past-President Susan Larson
‘s essay about the A Christmas Carol
Read-Aloud tradition of the Dickens Fellowship of New Orleans is available near the end of the archived December 20th broadcast of The Reading Life.
Our Members Recommend
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
The Alaskan Laundry by Brendan Jones
Hollywood South: Glamour, Gumbo, and Greed by Linda Thurman
Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild
A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
Fairendale series by R.L. Toalson
The Goldfinch by by Donna Tartt
The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante
Constance Adler, head of the Bayou Writing Workshop, taught two 2016 WNBA writing contest prize-winners: Nicole Eiden and Rita Juster.
Anne Boyd Rioux’s Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review.
Susan Larson has co-written New Orleans’ Literary Landmark: Hotel Monteleone, detailing its role in several famous authors’ lives and works.
Laura Mullen’s widely reviewed and praised eighth book, Complicated Grief, is a hybrid collection of poetry, prose, memoir and essay.
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