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.

Open Board Positions at the WNBA-NYC

The Women’s National Book Association chapter in New York City is currently looking to fill two board positions: Treasurer and Chair of Publisher Outreach. These are only available to WNBA members ($20 for students and $50 for non-students) and both are excellent ways to get more involved in volunteering, experience nonprofit work, network, and promote women in the book world.

Treasurer

The Treasurer works with the President, Membership Chair, and Programs VPs to create and maintain the annual budget. The treasurer also handles receipts, reimbursements, payments, and other chapter finances. The new Treasurer will start at the end of May 2017, and will receive full training from our current Treasurer, Andrea Baron.

The most successful applicants will be organized, detailed, and comfortable keeping a budget.

Chair of Publisher Outreach

 The Chair of Publisher Outreach is a new position created to promote successful collaboration between the WNBA-NYC and local publishers. The chairperson will be responsible for maintaining relationships with publishers in order to give our chapter increased visibility in the industry, ties to local authors, and potential partnerships for events, donations, and other opportunities. This position is open to start immediately.

The most successful applicants will have some experience in the NYC publishing industry, though this is not required. Applicants should excel at communication and organization.

Anyone interested in being considered for one of these board positions, please email Hannah Bennett at president@wnba-nyc.org with a brief explanation of your interest in the position and a current resume.

WNBA Event: Publishing and the Political Conversation

The Women’s National Book Association is hosting a panel discussion exploring various relationships between publishing and politics. Moderated by Kendra Levin, the executive editor at Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, the talk will circulate around topics from the promotion of books that promote activism to balancing customer demands with political beliefs.

The panelists featured at this event include Marissa Baker, the national account manager at Perseus Distribution; Gabriella Doob, the associate editor at Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins; and Cathy O’Neil, the author of Weapons of Math Destruction an a contributor at Bloomberg Media.

The panel will be held on April 18th at 6:00 PM in the Random House Auditorium (1745 Broadway). Admission price is $10 for members and $5 for students. To register for the event, please click on this link.

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.

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.

Upcoming Event: Z: The Beginning of Everything

Amazon Studios has invited members of WNBA-NYC to the premiere of Z: The Beginning of Everything on Wednesday, January 25th at 7:30 pm at the SVA Theatre in New York.

Christina Ricci stars as Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald in this period drama series for Amazon, and depicts Zelda’s ascent from southern belle to her status as an icon of the 1920s and wife of famed author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Take a look at the trailer for the series.

The pilot for the series is available to view for Amazon Prime subscribers.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to: ZRSVP@swisherproductions.com. Please note space is limited, and your RSVP must be confirmed for a seat.

Join the Women’s National Book Association-NYC for a $20 annual fee for students; $50 for regular membership.

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.