Chapter Member Antoinette de Alteriis announces the 8th annual conference of the Salon de Jeanne d’Arc, on Saturday, September 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Woldenberg Art Center at Tulane University. The exhibits, lectures and presentations are free and open to the public. Join other Chapter members there. For more information, including the full schedule, visit Joan of Arc parade .
Chapter Member Andrea Panzeca will read at Blood Jet’s Poetry Series, at BJ’s Lounge in the Bywater, 4301 Burgundy St., Wednesday, September 27, 8:00 PM11:00 PM.  Andrea is the author of poetry chapbooks Rusted Bells and Daisy Baskets and Weird… Joe Pesci.

Listen to Andrea on Susan Larson‘s The Reading Life.




Conundrum Books, co-owned by Chapter member Missy Couhig, in St. Francisville, is starting up an imprint called Feliciana Publishing Partners and is now holding a children’s book publishing contest. All manuscripts (picture book, middle grade or young adult) should in some way feature a Louisiana or Southern theme, setting, or focus. Winners will be offered a publishing contract. Submissions will be accepted from September 10 until November 12.

Chapter Members Stacey Balkun, Nancy Dixon,Ronlyn Domingue, Freddi Williams Evans, Gina Ferrara, Judith Lafitte, Colleen Mooney, Melinda Palacio,Andrea Panzeca, Whitney Stewart and Andy Young will be featured authors and/or panelists at the 14th Annual Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge on October 28. More details to follow.
Chapter Member Colleen Mooney has an entry in a Christmas cozy-mystery boxed collection, The 12 Slays of Christmas. Her story is number 4 in the series. All proceeds go to animal rescue charities.
Chapter Member Laura Lane McNeal is the author of Dollbaby, her first published novel.
Chapter Member and award-winning poet Carolyn Hembree‘s A Cutter’s Sestina (Prom ’95) (read it here at Contrary) has been nominated for the Best of the Net anthology.
Chapter Member and award-winning poet Laura Mullen has new work posted as an online exclusive at Conjunctions. Read her Six Elsie Poems here. Recently, she visited New Zealand to read (also here) her poetry at the University of Auckland.
Chapter Member Kathy Schrenk‘s middle-grade novel is A Dog Steals Home.

Co-founding Chapter Member Chris Wiltz‘s The Last Madam is on the Wall Street Journal‘s best seller list.
3: A Taos Press will be publishing Chapter Member Melinda Palacio‘s new poetry book, Bird Forgiveness.
LSU Press will be publishing Chapter Member Miki Pfeffer‘s book on Grace King and Mark Twain, including letters she has transcribed. She lectured on King,“A Southern Belle in the Land of Twain”, at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut. She was also part of a panel for the Mark Twain Society at the American Literature Association conference in Boston and spoke to the Maine Historical Society in Portland about Julia Ward Howe. Miki’s book is Southern Ladies and Suffragists: Julia Ward Howe and Women’s Rights at the 1884 New Orleans World’s Fair.


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.

Last month, 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; and 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 Dr. Nancy Dixon of Dillard University (and Humanities Hero) is the executive editor of the city’s tricentennial book, New Orleans & The World: The Tricentennial Anthology, scheduled for release, fall 2017.
Board Members Susan Larson and Dawn Ruth Wilson have written chapters in the upcoming New Orleans: The First 300 Years. Susan’s chapter is on Literary History and Dawn’s on Education. The book will be published by Pelican Publishing.
Chapter Member and Pinckley Prizes judge Jean Redmann has two new books out — The Girl on the Edge of Summer in her Micky Knight series and Perdition in her Nell McGraw series.


Chapter Member Stacey Balkun‘s chapbooks, Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak and Lost City Museum, have both been nominated for the 2017 Elgin Award.

Stacey is also the first-place winner of the Poetry Division of WNBA’s 5th Annual Writing Contest. Congratulations, Stacey!

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, scheduled for release, fall 2017.
 Chapter Members Colleen Mooney, Vicky McHenry, Jaimie Bergeron, Sandra Faught and Ann Benoit are members of the inaugural board for the New Orleans chapter of Sisters in Crime.
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.
Member Anne Boyd Riouxs biography,  Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist, was chosen as one of the Best Books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune.
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.
Chapter Member Marigny Dupuy is a co-founder and co-leader of the New Orleans Chapter of the Dickens Fellowship.


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.

Ann Benoit‘s third book New Orleans Best Seafood Restaurants is released by traditional publisher Pelican Publishing based in New Orleans.

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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