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, starting on January 29
, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie
.This event is free of charge and open to the public. Megan Holt, PhD, chief executive officer for Words & Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans, and executive director for One Book One New Orleans, will make a presentation at the first meeting. 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!
LSU Press will be publishing Chapter Member Miki Pfeffer‘s book on Grace King and Mark Twain, including letters she is currently transcribing. She recently spoke at a Gallier Gathering on “New Orleans Ladies and the 1884 Cotton Centennial Exposition” and will be speaking at the Mark Twain Center in October of 2018. 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 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 by Norton to coincide with the novel’s 150th birthday in 2018.
Board Members Susan Larson
and Dawn Ruth Wilson
have written chapters in the upcoming New Orleans: The First 300 Years
. Susan’s chapter is “Literary Heritage” and Dawn’s is “Education”. The book is published by Pelican Publishing.
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 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 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 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, 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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