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 Chris Smith, adult programming director for the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, announces that Chapter Member Gina Ferrara will read from her latest poetry collection, Fitting the Sixth Finger: Poems Inspired by the Paintings of Marc Chagall at 7 PM on Tuesday, July 25.

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.
 New Board Member-at-Large Dawn Ruth Wilson has written the book’s chapter on Education.

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 will be leading an online workshop on ekphrastic poetry in August. Please visit http://www.poetrybarn.co/ for more info.

Stacey’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.
 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.
Chapter Member Kathy Schrenk‘s book, A Dog Steals Home, was released right before Mardi Gras. It’s in a few local bookstores, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Read about the book and Kathy’s Little Free Library here.

Please see Kathy’s busy schedule on her website event page at www.kathleenschrenk.com.


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!

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.

Listen to Chapter Member Andrea Panzeca on Susan Larson‘s The Reading Life. Andrea’s new poetry collection is Rusted Bells and Daisy Baskets.



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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