Thank You Teresa!!!

This week WNBA-NOLA board members officially thanked Teresa Tumminello Brader for her long service as Secretary.  She received a gift certificate to Octavia Books, a bottle of wine and a special thank you sign designed by Board President Andrea Panzeca!  Teresa got a surprise socially distant visit at her home from Andrea and board members Sara Woodard, Karen Kersting and Constance Adler.

WNBA-NOLA President Andrea Panzeca Named Co-Vice President of Women’s National Book Association

Andrea Panzeca

The Women’s National Book Association has named its 2020-2022 officers. Andrea Panzeca, WNBA-NOLA’s current president, was named Co-Vice President.

Andrea, a teaching artist, earned her MFA at UNO, where she was the associate nonfiction editor of Bayou Magazine.  Panzeca has published memoir, scholarship on Zora Neale Hurston, and two poetry chapbooks: “Rusted Bells and Daisy Baskets, and “Weird… Joe Pesci.”  You can read more about her on her website.

Check out this virtual reading/social gathering April 30!

The New Orleans Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association is launching a virtual reading/social gathering series.
Our first reading will take place THURSDAY, APRIL 30, at 6 PM CT. What better way to conclude National Poetry Month than with a poetry reading?
Six of our members will be reading. Participants will be able to ask questions through chat.

Our lineup of stellar readers:

Anne Babson
Gina Ferrara
Nicole M. K. Eiden
Carolyn Hembree
Katheryn Krotzer Laborde
Pamela Ebel

More info on our readers is posted here:
If you want to attend, please RSVP to, and the Zoom meeting info/password will be sent to you before Thursday afternoon.


We Want You (to Join the Board)!

The WNBA–New Orleans Chapter seeks member volunteers for three positions: Vice President, Secretary, and Social Media Chair. Interested?  Check out the position descriptions below, and let us know where you see yourself! 

Job Descriptions:

Vice President
1. Keep up-to-date on Chapter activities in order to substitute for President as necessary.
2. Handle special projects as assigned by President.
3. Presumed successor to President, subject to nomination to presidency by nominating committee and confirmation by vote by membership.

1. Create and distribute meeting notices to all chapter members. Email local newspapers (ex: Gambit, Advocate) to get meetings on the community event calendar.
2. After agenda items have been gathered for each, secretary will collate items and make copies of agenda for the meeting.
3. Take minutes at board and Chapter meetings, including action minutes; send to president for review; distribute to appropriate individuals and/or group.
4. Administer Chapter email account.

5.Communications liaison with National.

Social Media Chair
1. Supervise, administer, and/or edit Chapter’s Facebook and/or Twitter accounts. (The admin. and editing can be delegated to other committee members.)
2. Present reports, when needed, at meetings; encourage members to notify the chair about books, events, and activities which feature their work so that it can be posted on Chapter accounts.
3. Liaise with committee members working on other media, ex: Chapter website.

From WNBA-NOLA President Andrea Panzeca: “The time commitment is usually a few hours per week, though it can vary. During busier times, I remember getting to know members of chapters around the country, both in the boardroom and on the rooftop bar, at the national meeting in Washington DC last June. Since that time, each time Lisa Lucas announced National Book Award nominations and winners, I remember meeting her at the WNBA Award ceremony in her honor. Each week, when I tuned in to watch the USA series Dare Me, I remembered meeting Megan Abbott at the Pinckley Prize ceremony, where she was honored for Distinguished Body of Work. But even more memorable than these glitzy times, more special, are the countless laughs, fascinating conversations, and yes, even (especially) champagne bottles I’ve shared with WNBA–New Orleans members. Even our virtual board meeting was pretty fun!

The Women’s National Book Association, though over 100 years old, is timely and important. Serving on the board of the New Orleans Chapter, I’ve found the effort rewarding and enriching. I hope you’ll consider joining us.”

For more information,

Photo Caption: WNBA National Meeting, June 2019, Washington DC.  L-R, Top row: Rachelle Yousuf (National President) Caitlin Morrow (former National Membership Chair) Natalie Obando (National VP) Laurel Stokes (NYC President). Bottom row: Andrea Panzeca (NO President)

Exciting Events in 2020!

WNBA members and friends attended a screening of Little Women just days after its opening in late December. Afterwards the group engaged in a lively discussion led by member Anne Boyd Rioux—University of New Orleans professor, scholar, and author of, among other books, Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters.  The discussion touched on the film’s ambiguous ending, feminism, casting, costuming, chronology, and more!   We are so grateful to Anne Boyd Rioux. Please check out her book if you haven’t already. We had such a great time that we hope to host another movie event, perhaps for the upcoming Emma. Stay tuned!


Coming Up:  Friday, January 10, 6 – 8 PM: King Cake Party/ Annual Social

We’ll be asking for RSVPs and then give the address for the party, which will be at the residence of Board Member Pam Ebel.

Our annual Holiday Book Drive will benefit the New Orleans Chapter of GiGi’s Playhouse, a non-profit resource center for the Down Syndrome community. Slated to open in Spring 2020, GiGi’s Playhouse New Orleans will offer educational, physical fitness and life skills programs free-of-charge. They’ve provided us with a list of both proprietary and general access literacy materials for their programs; the materials cover all ages. The list will be sent out separately in a few days with more information on how to participate in this special Book Drive.

We Celebrated National Reading Group Month (again!) on November 21!

WNBA-NOLA members and representatives from local book clubs got together to discuss what else but BOOKS!  We enjoyed socializing at a new venue:  Pelican Publishing, an imprint of Arcadia Publishing, Launch Pad in New Orleans.   We focused on book clubs, then listened to a Great Group Reads panel of WNBA  members who gave interesting and valuable tips on finding that best read!  Panelists included Andrea Panzeca, Kristen Knox, Sheila Cork and Susan Larson.  Missed the meeting?  You can view the Great Good Reads list here