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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: http://wnba-sfchapter.org/

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Women’s National Book Association

WNBA small badgeWomen’s National Book Association Board meeting is tomorrow with a pot luck to re-energize in making decisions for our next year’s activities. I’m the secretary and still write the minutes in my own made-up shorthand from years ago. For me, it’s faster than using a laptop.  We like new members so if you’re interested, go to http://www.wnba-books.org/membership-info

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The purposes of WNBA are educational and charitable. WNBA came into being to inform book women about matters relevant to themselves and the book world so that these women could inform and help one another.

That’s what we still do, through actions such as these:

  • Bring together women and men who are active in the world of books
  • Educate and inform the public about the need to create, produce, distribute, and use books
  • Respond to requests for information about books and the allied arts and generate and support projects that help to disseminate such information
  • Serve as a catalyst for all in the book community who wish to work together, and
  • Promote recognition of women’s achievements in the book industry.

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Women’s National Book Association Hosted AWWP

WNBA Temescal LibraryThe Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) hosted The Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP) last Saturday afternoon at the Temescal Branch Library in Oakland. A small, but enthusiastic group attended. The AWWP was founded in 2009 by American author and journalist, Marsha Hamilton. The project provides women writers in Afghanistan to join together in secure, online workshops and are mentored by American professional writers and educators. A curriculum for personal exploration and reflection on the themes of love and forgiveness was designed to assist groups and individuals to explore their personal relationships through writing.

The curriculum provides a rich array of weekly material from which facilitators can choose what is best suited to their groups’ goals for self and social reflection. The Afghan participants want to write and find that it helps to release their feelings regarding the extreme difficulties they’ve had in their lives.  If anyone is interested in supporting the project or for working as a teacher or in some other capacity, or if one would like to receive the poems and essays that are published each week, go https://awwproject.org


Photo by Teresa LeYung Ryan


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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 October 11, 2014

BOOK STORE FOR NTL READING GROUP MONTHA National Reading Group Month event is on October 11, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Books, Inc., Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. It’s co-sponsored by Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter, and Litquake.

Three award-winning authors will discuss their new novels over wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Katie Crouch discusses Abroad: A Novel. http://www.katiecrouch.net/

Alice LaPlante, Circle of Wives. http://www.alicelaplante.com/

Sophie Littlefield, The Missing Place (out this October) http://www.sophielittlefield.com/

There will be a free raffle of all books presented along with other free items for book clubs.

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