Women Writing About Mothers and Daughters

Friday, March 31 at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 W 10th St
New York, NY 10003

Co-sponsored with the Women’s National Book Association Moderated by WNBA board member Harriet Shenkman.

Panelists Include:

• Gayle Forman, am award-winning journalist and author whose many bestselling young adult novels include the New York Times bestsellers I was Here, Just One Day, and If I Stay, which was turned into a major motion picture. Most recently she has written her first adult novel, Leave Me.

• Molly Jong-Fast, the author of three book, the most recent of which is The Social Climber’s Handbook and has contributed to the New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and many other newspapers and magazines.

• Betsy Lerner, an agent with Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency, and the author of The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice for Writers, Food and Loathing, and The Bridge Ladies.

• Nadja Spiegelman, the author of I’m Supposed to Protect you from All This, and co-editor of Resist!, a tabloid newspaper of political comics and graphics by mostly female artists.

If you would like to attend this event, please complete registration.

MoCCA Arts Festival

Saturday,April 1 – Sunday, April 2 from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Metropolitan West
639 W 46th St between 11th and 12th Avenues
New York, NY 10036

The MoCCA Arts Festival is a 2-day multimedia event, Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, drawing over 7,000 attendees each year. With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

Admission is $5 per day. Tickets are sold at the door. Children under 10 are free.

How To Write A Memoir Without Ruining Your Life
Meredith Maran

Monday, April 3 at 7 pm

Book Culture
450 Columbus Ave
Benilde Little

New York, NY 10024

A discussion with Meredith Maran, author of The New Old Me: My Late-Life Reinvention, and Benilde Littleauthor of Welcome to My Breakdown.

Admission is free. Click here to reserve a copy of Maran’s or Little’s books.

WNBA’s New NGO Youth Rep Caitlin Morrow

The WNBA-NYC chapter is happy to announce the appointment of our new NGO Youth Representative at the United Nations Department of Public Information for 2014-2015, Pace MS in Publishing Student, Caitlin Estelle Morrow. Please join us in welcoming her. Caitlyn will be joining fellow classmate, Dena Mekawi who has been serving as a NGO Youth Representative at the United Nations Department of Public Information since the fall of 2013.

CaitlinI am so excited to have been given the opportunity to represent the WNBA on the world stage. I double majored in International Studies and English Literature in college and I never thought I would have the chance to use both degrees simultaneously…until now. I was an active member of Model United Nations and having access to the real UN is surreal. Through my briefings at the UN, I hope to increase my awareness of major global issues and effectively communicate these concerns back to the WNBA members.” 

Caitlin Morrow recently graduated magna cum laude from Elmira College, receiving BA degrees in International Studies and English Literature. She is currently a graduate student at Pace University pursuing an M.S. in Publishing degree. Upon acceptance into the program, she received two merit based scholarships: the Graduate President’s Scholarship and American Media Inc. Scholarship.

She has extensive experience with Amnesty International, serving as treasurer of her college’s club. An active member of her college’s Model United Nations club, she participated in several conferences along the East Coast and Montreal. She also served as club secretary as a sophomore. During her junior year, Caitlin was selected to study abroad at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan. Here she was able to immerse herself in the Japanese culture, living with a host family and traveling on the weekends. On her trip to South Africa, she assisted a community garden in planting sustainable food for local families. She has also traveled to India, where she visited a boys’ orphanage to play and interact with the children.

Caitlin has been a summer intern for the Independent Publishers of New England, helping them increase membership by 20%, while performing editorial and marketing tasks for three publishing companies. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

Link of the Week: Brooklyn Book Festival

BBFhomepagelogo-2014Make sure to mark your calendars, because the Brooklyn Book Festival is coming to town this Sunday!

Many serious readers, if asked, would tell you that there are few ways to better spend a day than to be surrounded by books in a cozy environment, enveloped in a world they can hold in their hands. There is also the kind of reader who forays into the realm of nature with just a book, no library or comfy couch needed.

Books unite us, despite our genre, reading device, and environmental preferences. And what better way is there to celebrate the book than by checking out the Brooklyn Book Festival? As the largest free literary event in New York City, the Festival promises events for every kind of reader and book professional, and even the causal passerby. From author readings and Q&A’s, trivia night and scavenger hunts, workshops, talks from top professionals and panel discussions, with music, art and food thrown in, attendees have a wide range of events to choose from. Click here to see the full list of events.

Events will be organized around the Brooklyn Borough Hall, but be sure to check out confirmed locations for any events you’re particularly interested in.

Events run from Sept. 15th until Sept. 22nd; main event is Sunday, Sept. 21st from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

logo_wnbaThe WNBA is coming!
Take some time to check out the WNBA’s booth at the Festival on Sunday, the 21st. They’re currently looking for interns, so drop by their booth (#703) and meet some new people from this fabulous organization! Read about this event.

Link of the Week: Celebrating Women in Publishing for Women’s History Month

What better time to celebrate women in publishing than during Women’s History Month? In order to celebrate, we must acknowledge the great groups that bring women in the industry together. One aspect we can all attest to in publishing is the importance of networking, and to have access to these groups is very helpful.

You may have already heard of the Women’s National Book Association from here on the blog. Our blog editor, Professor Denning, is the President of the NYC Chapter of the WNBA. Joining the association gives access to great events, archives, and forums. A student membership is only $20 too. Learn more about the WNBA NYC Chapter here. Check out the organization’s main website here.

We can’t forget about the wonderful women of the magazine publishing industry. Exceptional Women in Publishing (EWIP) was formed in 1998 by women who felt the need for an organization that addressed the leadership aspirations of women in magazine publishing. The EWIP has two goals: to educate, empower and support women in publishing and to educate, empower and support women and girls through the power of publishing. If you want to join the digital media industry, Women in Digital Media is an EWIP group that can benefit these ambitions as well. A student membership is only $35 and includes access to the mentor program. Learn more about the EWIP here.

Another great group is NYC Women in Publishing. Founder Keri Witman says about the group: “I started this networking group to ensure I never again lost touch with the fabulous, inspiring women I’ve worked with in the past.

With the long hours and energy we dedicate to being successful in our publishing careers, it is all too easy to forget to devote time to building, expanding and fostering our network of professionals across the industry. That is why I founded NYC Women in Publishing. Starting from an email list of only 30 women, the group has grown to nearly 1,400 members in the NYC area.”

There is no fee to register, and you simply have to join the LinkedIn group. You will be alerted of events, job openings, and happy hours, and be able to communicate with other members of the group. The next Networking Happy Hour is Friday, March 14th at 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at The Playwright Tavern.

The WNBA Presents the National Reading Group Month Author Panel

Bookmark your calendars on October 23 for the Women’s National Book Association National Reading Group Month Author Panel. The event will take place at The Strand Bookstore, Rare Book Room from 7-9 p.m. Members of the WNBA receive free admission and a $15 Strand gift card. Nonmembers can attend by purchasing a ticket for $15. Join the WNBA as student member for only $20. Join here!

UNIQUE Volunteer/Internship Opportunities the NYC Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association

New York City Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association is looking to immediately fill the position of Social Media Coordinator.  This is a volunteer position, a great resume building opportunity, as well as a wonderful way to give back to the organization. The Social Media Coordinator will:

 

  • Manage Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest pages by posting relevant content to the
  • WNBA community
  • Track followers and fans for monthly reports to be shared during monthly meetings
  • Encourage membership and community engagement through posts
  • Promote and attend events, post content on respective events
  • Coordinate with blog editor and other WNBA-NYC members for posts and content creation

 

The New York City Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association is looking to immediately fill the position of Blog Editor.  This is a volunteer position, a great resume building opportunity, as well as a wonderful way to give back to the organization. The Blog Editor will .

Assist blog manager with:

  • Creating, editing, and proofreading blog posts, including member interviews, event promotion, feature writing, and member news updates
  • Researching appropriate topics for blog posts
  • Tracking followers using WordPress statistics for monthly reports
  • Attending events and writing recaps for the blog
  • Coordinating with Social Media manager for posts and content creation
  • Promoting member involvement on the blog

If you are interested, please email your resume to Professor Jane Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.

Women’s National Book Association-NYC Networking Party

All MS in Publishing students are invited to attend the annual WNBA-NYC Networking Party on Wednesday September 11 from 6-8:30 pm. RSVP to programs@wnba-nyc.org.

A student membership for the Women’s National Book Association is only $20. Click here to join!

National Reading Group Month Panel!

October is National Reading Group Month!

The WNBA-NYC, with event partner Strand Book Store, is celebrating National Reading Group Month by hosting a National Reading Group Month Panel.  Join NRGM Great Group Reads Chair Rosalind Reisner in conversation with an amazing line-up of authors:

Ben Ryder Howe—My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store, Picador

David Maine—Great Group Reads 2012 Recipient—An Age of Madness, Red Hen Press

Elizabeth Nunez—Boundaries, Akashic Books

Marisa de los Santos—Falling Together, William Morrow Paperbacks

Alix Kates Shulman—Ménage, Other Press

The panelists will discuss their own books, reading groups, and this year’s Great Group Reads selections. Take a look at the official press release for the event.  The panel will take place on:

October 17th
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Strand Bookstore (828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003)

This event is open to the public, and all Pace Publishing MS students are strongly encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Rosalind Resiner and Jill Tardiff at programs@wnba-nyc.org (subject line: NRGM 2012) and mention you are a Pace student. For a list of events happening in other states, click here .

Become a Youth Representative to the UN for the WNBA!

Women’s National Book Association
UN Department of Public Information/Non-governmental Organization
Youth Outreach

*Application Deadline Extended*

To support an increase in youth participation at the UN, the DPI/NGO Relations Section now offers several new opportunities for young people to get involved. Beginning last fall (2011), two youth representatives (18 to 24 years old) have been added to each official NGO-accredited representation. They can attend weekly NGO Briefings and Communications Workshops, partake in the UN DPI/NGO Annual Conference, and become a member of the DPI/NGO Conference Planning Committee.

For more information, visit http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations.

The Women’s National Book Association is looking to Pace University’s MS in Publishing program to fill one of these positions for the 2012/2013 academic year. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in learning more about NGOs to gain experience at the UN, as well as a wonderful resume building opportunity.

The designated Youth Representative will be under the supervision of the UN DPI/NGO main representative (Jill A. Tardiff). This position requires a commitment to the motivations of the Association and the UN, as well as excellent organizational skills, self-motivation, and the ability to work well with minimum direct supervision. The main representative and/or NY-based alternate representative will meet with the intern in person intermittently, and will be available by phone and e-mail. Attendance at monthly WNBA-NYC board meetings is highly recommended. The Youth Representative will receive a membership in the Association (for the duration of the assignment) complete with all related benefits.

Duration:

October 1 thru December 31, 2012 (or asap); January 1 thru December 31, 2013 (pending approval, DPI/NGO 2012 Annual Review).

Overall duties:

  • Work with the UN DPI/NGO Main Representative and two Alternates on achieving the Association’s mandate “… to support and respect the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and to disseminate information and news about the U.N. in our capacity (advocacy) as a non-consultative non-governmental organization (NGO)” and to actively plan and particpate in UN and UN agency (namely US Fund for UNICEF) programmes and activities.
  • Attend at least one weekly briefing (Thursdays, 10A-12P) per month, provide report.
  • Attend the DPI/NGO Orientation Programme and/or Communications Workshop, provide report.
  • Attend the annual DPI/NGO Conference (usually held in September) when said event is held at the UN HQ. (Please note, there will be no Conference in 2012.)
  • Write one article per calendar year (topic TBD) for The Bookwoman, national publication of the Women’s National Book Association.
  • Write one article (every other issue) for The New York Bookwoman, WNBA-NYC chapter publication.
  • Contribute to the annual WNBA DPI/NGO report (June).
  • Contribute to the UN DPI/NGO Youth Blog.
  • Other duties to be determined.

Application Deadline Extended:

Letter of intention with writing sample (non-fiction, 350-500 words) to be sent on/before Monday, September 24, 2012

Contact:

Please send your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in this position to Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.

Become a Youth Representative to the UN for the WNBA!

Women’s National Book Association
UN Department of Public Information/Non-governmental Organization
Youth Outreach

To support an increase in youth participation at the UN, the DPI/NGO Relations Section now offers several new opportunities for young people to get involved. Beginning last fall (2011), two youth representatives (18 to 24 years old) have been added to each official NGO-accredited representation. They can attend weekly NGO Briefings and Communications Workshops, partake in the UN DPI/NGO Annual Conference, and become a member of the DPI/NGO Conference Planning Committee.

For more information, visit http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations.

The Women’s National Book Association is looking to Pace University’s MS in Publishing program to fill one of these positions for the 2012/2013 academic year. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in learning more about NGOs to gain experience at the UN, as well as a wonderful resume building opportunity.

The designated Youth Representative will be under the supervision of the UN DPI/NGO main representative (Jill A. Tardiff). This position requires a commitment to the motivations of the Association and the UN, as well as excellent organizational skills, self-motivation, and the ability to work well with minimum direct supervision. The main representative and/or NY-based alternate representative will meet with the intern in person intermittently, and will be available by phone and e-mail. Attendance at monthly WNBA-NYC board meetings is highly recommended. The Youth Representative will receive a membership in the Association (for the duration of the assignment) complete with all related benefits.

Duration:

October 1 thru December 31, 2012 (or asap); January 1 thru December 31, 2013 (pending approval, DPI/NGO 2012 Annual Review).

Overall duties:

  • Work with the UN DPI/NGO Main Representative and two Alternates on achieving the Association’s mandate “… to support and respect the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and to disseminate information and news about the U.N. in our capacity (advocacy) as a non-consultative non-governmental organization (NGO)” and to actively plan and particpate in UN and UN agency (namely US Fund for UNICEF) programmes and activities.
  • Attend at least one weekly briefing (Thursdays, 10A-12P) per month, provide report.
  • Attend the DPI/NGO Orientation Programme and/or Communications Workshop, provide report.
  • Attend the annual DPI/NGO Conference (usually held in September) when said event is held at the UN HQ. (Please note, there will be no Conference in 2012.)
  • Write one article per calendar year (topic TBD) for The Bookwoman, national publication of the Women’s National Book Association.
  • Write one article (every other issue) for The New York Bookwoman, WNBA-NYC chapter publication.
  • Contribute to the annual WNBA DPI/NGO report (June).
  • Contribute to the UN DPI/NGO Youth Blog.
  • Other duties to be determined.

Application deadline:

Letter of intention with writing sample (non-fiction, 350-500 words) to be sent on/before Monday, September 10, 2012.

Contact:

Please send your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in this position to Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.