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Women’s Nathional Book Association SF Branch Event In April


In the WORLD of the BOOK A special event with WNBA Experts, Authors, and Poets

April 3, 2016, Sunday, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Alameda Elks Lodge, Rathskeller

A charming historic building, “The Liveliest Lodge in Elkdom”

2255 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

$35 – Members

$45 – Non-members

Includes snacks, desserts, and refreshing drinks. Free parking.

For Members ONLY: Author Showcase: Rent space at a genre table, $30 for half table. Limited to 20 members, first come, first served. Must be registered to participate.


Spark an idea – but make it quick! Hear four WNBA publishing experts give an Ignite, a shorter 5-minute version of the TED talk. Learn more from the expert of your choice at one-on-one sessions after the talks.

How could it get any better?

AUTHOR SHOWCASE! WNBA-SF Members will display and sell their books at genre tables that border the large and spacious room. Meet and greet authors of memoir, fiction, historical, mystery, teen and children’s books, as well as non-fiction. Author prizes!

But there’s more…

POETRY READINGS from member poets to begin and end the program to celebrate the poetry month of April, featuring Julia Park Tracey, Alameda Poet Laureate

Hear WNBA Member Experts:

Catharine Bramkamp – Social Media for Authors

Mary Knippel – Women’s Voice

Linda Lee – Websites for Writers

Linda Joy Myers – The Power of Your True Story

Join us at the Rathskeller–enjoy the value of WNBA!

Learn more and register online:

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Mary Mackey Poet and Novelist

Mary Mackey book TravelersThe Women’s National Book Association had our board meeting on Sunday at poet and novelist Mary Mackey’s home. Wikipedia has this to say about Mackey:

Mary Mackey is an American novelist, poet, and academic. She is the author of seven collections of poetry and thirteen novels, including the New York Times best-seller A Grand Passion and The Year The Horses Came, The Horses At The Gate, and The Fires of Spring, three sweeping historical novels that take as their subject the earth-centered, Goddess-worshiping cultures of Neolithic Europe.

Mary received her BA from Harvard and a PhD from the University of Michigan. She’s been a professor of English since 1972. The following poem is from Travelers With No Ticket Home (Marsh Hawk Press 2014) ©Mary Mackey, 

Walking toward the Largo do Machado

when the smell of jasmine
flows through the streets of Catete like a warm fog
when the scent is so liquid you can
breathe it in get drunk and stagger
I think of all the years I have loved you
and all the years I will go on loving you
I think of how we protect each other from pain and betrayal
how each night we wrap ourselves around each other
and peace floats above our bed like a canopy of white petals

The description on Amazon: In this stunning new collection, Mackey offers her readers fifty-eight intensely lyrical poems written with the same skill and passion that made her previous collection Sugar Zone winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Complex yet entirely accessible, the poems in Travelers With No Ticket Home form a visionary meditation on nature, childhood, the destruction of the rain forest of the Amazon, and the real and psychological landscape of travel. Taking us from a small farm in Western Kentucky to the jungles of Brazil, Mackey touches on the broader human feelings of wonder, displacement, grief, love, and love’s endless complications. Here too, for the first time, readers will find Mackey’s complete Karma Sutra of Kindness, a series of seven love poems written over the last thirty years.

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WNBA members at Mary Mackey's house for a meeting.

WNBA members at Mary Mackey’s house for a meeting.

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Pitch-O-Rama: Meet the Agents and Editors March 28

WNBA small badgeWomen’s National Book Association’s 12th Annual Pitch-O-Rama: Meet the Agents and Editors is set for tomorrow morning.

  • Saturday, March 28, 2015, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
    For men and women
    Women’s Building, Auditorium,
    3543 18th Street (b/t Guerrero & Valencia Streets) San Francisco CA 94110
    Continental Breakfast
  • Free pre-pitch coaching and ongoing mentoring
    Two one-hour pitch sessions and more!
    After the sessions, a panel presentation explores “Steps to Publishing: Editing”

    Cost: $65 WNBA members, $75 non-members, $90 walk-ins, if space available.

  • A rare opportunity to pitch to literary agents and acquisition editors in a private, supportive setting and receive feedback from some of the best publishing professionals in the Bay Area.

The list of some of the agents:

Andy Ross, previous owner of Berkeley’s legendary Cody’s Bookstore, now owns his own literary agency.

Georgia Hughes, editorial director at New World Library.

Brenda Knight, presenter at the SF Writers Conference, worked at Harper Collins.

Donna Galassi, VP Associate Publisher for Avalon Travel and Seal Press.

Daniel Harmon, Publishing Director, previous pop culture editor.

Amy Cloughley, agent with Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

Chelsea Lindman, literary agent at Sanford J. Greenburger, Associates.

Laurie McLean, Founding Partner of Fuse Literary Agency, previously with Larsen Pomada Literary Agents.

Gayle Wattawa, of Heyday, an independent, nonprofit publisher.

Carlie Webber, founder of CK Webber Associates Literary Agency.

And several more.

See you there.  Womens Building in SF

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Mysteries at Opera Plaza Event for October National Reading Group Month

WNBA SYMBOL BADGEMysteries at Opera Plaza held in San Francisco on October 11th was a huge success. There were 70 attendees at Books, Inc. The three mystery writers, Katie Crouch author of Abroad, Alice LaPlante, author of Circle of Wives, and Sophie Littlefield author of The Missing Place discussed their books. Tracy Guzeman, author of The Gravity of Birds, moderated the panel. She asked how isolation and betrayal played in their novels. The authors had interesting and surprising stories about the research they did for their stories.

Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter and Litquake Festival 2014 sponsored the event for this October National Reading Group Month. Kate Farrell, president of WNBA, with the help of member volunteers, organized Mysteries at Open Plaza. We had a free raffle of each of the four authors’ books and snacks catered by Max’s Opera Cafe. Briah, the event coordinator of Books, Inc. provided everything we needed and moved several book shelves on wheels so we had seating for the attendees.

I am a new member of WNBA and also secretary. We have events every few months and this was the first one I’ve attended. I’m very impressed with the high quality, well organized, and inspiring result of this group’s efforts. Here is their mission statement:

The Women’s National Book Association is a non-profit organization of women and men who work with and value books. WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book. WNBA was established in 1917, before women in America had the right to vote. There are chapters in ten cities with approximately 800 members across the country.  If you’d like to join us, let me know.

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National Reading Group Month Event Saturday in S.F.

Three mystery writers at WNBA eventNational Reading Group Month event called Mysteries at Opera Plaza! TheThrill of Shared Reading. October 11, 2014, Saturday, 2:00 to 4:00. Books, Inc., Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco.

Come meet this year’s award-winning mystery authors as they discuss their new novels over wine and hors d’oeuvres catered by Max’s Opera Cafe. Free and open to the public. Giveaway raffle of all books presented, paperbacks, brochures, bookmarks, and more…

Co-sponsored by Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter and Litquake.

Abroad A Novel by Katie Crouch

The New York Times bestselling author Katie Crouch will discuss her book, Abroad: A Novel, a gripping thriller inspired by the horrifying details of the Amanda Knox trial.

Alice LaPlante Circle of WivesAlice LaPlante’s novel, A Circle of Wives, is a thought-provoking tale of love and marriage with four female protagonists. Detective Samantha Adams is on a high-profile murder case involving Dr. John Taylor who had three wives in three separate cities who show up for his funeral.

MissingPlace by Sophie LittlefieldSophie Littlefield’s book is The Missing Place: A Novel. Set against the backdrop of North Dakota’s oil boom, this darker take on women’s fiction follows two very different mothers as they form an uneasy alliance to find their missing sons who have vanished from an oil rig.

Tracy Guzeman, author of The Gravity of Birds: A Novel will be the moderator of this event. Her book is about two  sisters who vanish and their world-renowned artist friend decades later will sell a painting of the three of them only if the sisters are found.

TheGravityofBirds-158x240Come to the event to meet these authors and enjoy a Saturday afternoon among readers and writers.

WNBA SYMBOL BADGESee you there, I’ll be at the raffle booth.

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