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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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Mackey

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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Mary Mackey

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

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

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Nominate Your Favorite Bookstore

WNBA small badgeNominate Your Favorite Bookstore for a Pannell Award
Due date Extended to February 14, 2015

Every year two bookstores that excel in connecting children with books are selected by a panel of publishing professionals–one award is given to a general bookstore and one a children’s specialty bookstore. Anyone can nominate a store. Simply email: pannellaward@gmail.com, with the following information:

1) Name, email address, and phone number of person making the nomination
2) Your connection to the nominated store, e.g. customer, owner, employee, publisher
3) A brief statement outlining the reasons you are nominating that store
4) Contact info for the owner/manager of the nominated store

Each of the two winners will receive a $1,000 check and a framed signed original piece of art by a children’s illustrator during a presentation at the BEA/ABA Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, which draws more than 1,000 attendees.

Click here to download the nomination form.

Along with WNBA, Penguin Young Readers Group co-sponsors the award, which was established in honor of Lucile Micheels Pannell, founding member of one of the WNBA chapters.


Founded in 1917, WNBA is a national organization of women and men who promote the value to the written word by championing the role of women in the book community and by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information about book lovers and professionals.

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Laura Fraser of Shebooks

LauraFraserLaura Fraser is the co-founder and editorial director of Shebooks.net, a new digital storytelling platform by and for women. She helps women share their stories to inspire, educate, entertain, and empower each other. She spoke at the Women’s National Book Association–San Francisco Chapter meeting on Saturday. WNBA small badge

Shebooks is a curated collection of short e-books that are easy to download and read on any digital device. They are like an e-book boutique where anyone can find a story to fit a busy life. Short fiction, memoir, or journalism submissions are handpicked by magazine and book editors. The e-books are available  individually or by subscription.

Submissions requests are on hold at present since Shebooks is creating a new high tech system which should be in effect by late spring of this year. The first ‘Best Of” Shebooks print anthology, Whatever Doesn’t Kill You,  is available at http://www.amazon.com/Whatever-Doesnt-Kill-You-forgiveness/dp/1940838746/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421019110

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