Join Us for Our Annual Meeting May 19

Friday, May 19, 6:00 PM: Annual Meeting at L’Union Francaise, 4522 Prytania Street, NOLA.  RSVP info soon.

Our speaker will be poet Alison Pelegrin.

Pelegrin is the author of Waterlines (Louisiana State University Press, 2016); Hurricane Party (University of Akron Press, 2012); Big Muddy River of Stars (University of Akron Press, 2007), which received the 2006 Akron Poetry Prize; and The Zydeco Tablets (Word Press, 2002).

About Pelegrin’s poetry, Martha Serpas writes, “Alison Pelegrin is one of the sharpest wits to come out of the Bayou State in a long time. She can conjure Louisiana’s present-tense, unapologetic, tragicomic drama with authenticity.”

Pelegrin is the recipient of a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches at Southeastern Louisiana University and lives in Covington, Louisiana.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Alison received an MFA from the University of Arkansas.

Women, Whiskey & Wit a BIG Success!

Our March 10 Women, Whiskey & Wit was fantastic!  WNBA-NOLA members and non-members enjoyed a spirited evening of whiskey tastings, snacks, silent auction offerings and great networking!  Attendees also enjoyed touring The Southern Food & Beverage Museum.



Cocktail Party Fundraiser on March 10!

We are having a fundraising Cocktail Party on Friday, March 10, 6 – 8 PM at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA.  We are very excited about our theme: Women, Whiskey and Wit.  We’re going to feature the alcohols of women distillers, fancy snacks, plus a silent auction. Get tickets here!

WNBA-NOLA Holiday Get-together Dec. 16

We asked you to save the date of Friday, December 16 for a holiday fundraiser at the Southern Food and Beverage museum.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our host there, SoFaB’s founder and our vice president, Liz Williams, can’t host us there that evening. Therefore, we are holding a non-fundraising holiday get together from 6 to 8 pm on that same day — Friday, December 16 at (woman-owned) Rosedale Bar and Restaurant at 801 Rosedale Drive in New Orleans. This is a much more casual get-together, with each person purchasing his or her own drink or food. It’s a chance for us to meet and spend time together, no doubt to discuss interesting books as we often do.

We are postponing the fundraiser to Friday, March 10, during Women’s History Month, where Liz should be available to talk to us about cocktail culture in New Orleans, where we anticipate serving the hard liquor distilled by the triumphant lives of women distillers, eating delicious light fare, exploring SOFAB, and holding a silent auction with very cool prizes as a formal fundraiser.

Save the Date! WNBA-NOLA’s Holiday Party!

WNBA-NOLA’s Holiday Party!
Date:  Friday, Dec. 16, 6 – 8 PM
          Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA
Title:  Whiskey, Women and Wit — a holiday cocktail party that might teach you something
Dress: Festive
Come join us for a holiday cocktail party at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum that features the alcohols of women distillers, fancy snacks, and a silent auction while the rest of us make a bit of noise.
Our Vice President, and SOFAB’s President Liz Williams, will talk to us about cocktail culture in New Orleans — a subject about which she knows A LOT — while we sip, nibble, and perhaps giggle.
This is a fundraiser for the Women’s National Book Association, New Orleans chapter, so we are charging admission, which covers the beverages, the food, and SOFAB admission.
We’ll be selling tickets on Eventbrite soon.  In the meantime, please save us the earlier part of the evening on Friday, December 16.  Bring friends, potential future love interests, your auntie from out of town. We will clink glasses, learn a little, then travel out into the night for further fabulous fun.

WNBA-NOLA and WNBA-LA Joint Discussion of Inclusive Children’s Literature!

The New Orleans and Los Angeles Chapters of
The Women’s National Book Association
Proudly Invite You To
Being in the Book: The Significance of Inclusive Children’s Literature
Friday, November 4, 6 pm Central time
(4 pm Pacific time)
On Zoom
This webinar discussion features Angela Shante of Sunday Dinner Publishing, an afro-centric press publishing children’s stories, Children’s author Marti Dumas, whose latest title Wildseed Witch imagines a community of powerful black women and girls, and DJ Johnson, owner of Baldwin & Co. Books, a community-focused bookstore celebrating black authors and customers.
This discussion will be moderated by Anne Babson, President of The Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans.

New WNBA-NOLA Member Book Party!

Come to our new annual book member book party!

Date: Friday, October 21, 2022, 6:30 pm

Place: L’Union Française, 4522 Prytania Street, New Orleans

We will be honoring works by two members — Marti Dumas and Liz Williams.

We are so proud to have so many accomplished writers in the New Orleans chapter of the Women’s National Book Association!

This year, we are fêting the books recently published by Marti Dumas and Liz Williams.

Marti Dumas has written a marvelous Children’s/YA novel Wildseed Witch. Situated in the Louisiana Bayou, young African-American girls are educated at Les Belles Demoiselles — a literal charm school where their powers are unleashed and refined. This Bildungsroman is soon to be part of a series.

Elizabeth M. Williams, president of The Southern Food and Beverage Museum of New Orleans and our Vice President, has published Nana’s Creole Italian Table : Recipes and Stories from Sicilian New Orleans, a cook book that reflects on immigrant life in Louisiana and the meaning of family traditions surrounding food.

Both members and non members are welcome. Come hear from both authors, buy their books, and toast their success !