Chapter Member Anne Boyd Rioux ‘s Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters
was chosen as one of the best summer books of 2018 by Newsday
. Anne will speak about her book at the ALA Annual Meeting in New Orleans on June 23
. See the rest of her busy schedule here: https://anneboydrioux.com/events/
. Her book has been reviewed at Publishers Weekly
and will be published in August by Norton to coincide with the 150th birthday of Little Women
Chapter Member and award-winning poet Carolyn Hembree has three poems in The Winter Anthology . Her A Cutter’s Sestina (Prom ’95) — read it here at Contrary — was nominated for the Best of the Net anthology.
Chapter Member Melinda Palacio‘s new poetry collection, Bird Forgiveness, is forthcoming from 3: A Taos Press in 2018.
Chapter Member Marti Dumas
‘s Jupiter Storm
is reviewed at Kirkus
Congratulations to Chapter Member Chris Smith! His story “Aloha, Ollie Bell” is a runner-up to the contest winner of this year’s Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest. It’s included in the anthology Saints and Sinners 2018: New Fiction from the Festival.
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 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!
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, 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 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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