Carla Hayden & Louise Erdrich Honored With WNBA Awards

Carla Hayden and Louise Erdrich

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and novelist, poet, and bookstore owner Louise Erdrich have both been named winners of the 2017 Women’s National Book Association Awards.

Usually awarded to one person a year, the WNBA decided to present the award to two people this year in honor of their centennial. Hayden was awarded for her involvement in the business of books and Erdrich for her involvement in the creation of them.

Jane Kinney-Denning, WNBA National President, said, “These two women, via their work, have made significant cultural and societal contributions [that] are deserving of this prestigious award.”

Hayden and Erdrich will be honored at the WNBA’s centennial celebration on October 28 in New York.

Editors Wanted at the Bookwoman

If you’re a recent graduate or alumni looking to enhance your resume and to give back to the literary community, this may be the opportunity for you!

Members in good standing are invited to apply to join the editorial team of The Bookwoman, the official publication of one of the oldest and most prestigious book organizations in the United States.

These voluntary Assistant Editor positions are a great opportunity to enhance your online publishing experience and boost your résumé.
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Responsibilities include creating content, liaising with chapter correspondents, and compiling, editing, and formatting the online publication in Constant Contact. (Experience is great, but training will be given to successful applicants.)
Email Nicole Ayers at: newsletter@wnba-books.org, with “Assistant Editor Position” as the subject line. Include your name, contact information, and WNBA chapter.
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WNBA membership is $50 for regular members and $20 for students.

Celebrating Women’s History Month: The Women’s National Book Association Sends a Book-a-Day to the President and the New Administration

March is Women’s National History Month, and there’s no better time than now to commemorate the literary work and accomplishments of published female authors. The Women’s National Book Association is celebrating its centennial this year, and this is a signature program of the celebration.

Each day, a book will be sent to the president. Each book is written influential woman with powerful and timely themes. The list is also being sent to members of Congress and government officials. The first book of the month is Catherine Drinker Bowen‘s Miracle at Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention

To make the occasion more memorable, each book will include a bookmark designed specifically for this program.

This initiative aims to enlighten and inspire mutual feelings of “equality, diversity, and justice,” as explained in a letter to the President by Pace MS in Publishing Professor and WNBA National President Jane Kinney Denning.

Click this link to check out what other events are planned for the WNBA’s Centennial Year.

Women’s National Book Association Holiday Newsletter

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The Women’s National Book Association released their annual winter holiday newsletter this week.

The newsletter leads with an open letter from Professor Jane Kinney-Denning, who is the current National President of the WNBA. It also includes great features, such as holiday gift ideas and an interview with Deirdre Bair, author of AL CAPONE: HIS LIFE, LEGACY, AND LEGEND.

Students interested in networking opportunities, industry updates, and events hosted by the WNBA should check-out their local chapter’s membership page and see if a discounted student membership is a good fit. With all the industry connections and worthwhile functions, the WNBA is a good publishing resource to students who take advantage of all they have to offer.

WNBA “Power of Poetry in a Complex World” Event Reflection

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-2-27-00-pmThe Women’s National Book Association worked together with Pace University to arrange and present “The Power of Poetry in a Complex World” on November 9th of this year.

Contemporary female poets Camille Rankine, Deborah Poe, Ellease Ebele Oseye, Mellissa Studdard, and moderator Amy King read their poems and shared insight to the meaning of their work in the current tumultuous social and political climates.

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-12-31-30-pmMS in Pace Publishing Program Alumni and current WNBA-NYC Chapter President Hannah Bennett attended the reading and wrote a lovely reflection of the event on the WNBA website.