National Reading Group Event

This is a wonderful networking and National Reading Group event hosted by the NYC Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. A great way to meet some great authors, writers and publishing professionals. Charge to students is $5.00 or free if you join as a student member for $20.00 here:  http://wnba-nyc.org/membership/.

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Link of the Week: WNBA’s National Reading Group Month

It’s National Reading Group Month at the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA), and everyone is invited to celebrate women in books!

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One of the first events of this month that students (and guests) can attend is a panel hosted by the WNBA on October 6th.

Internship: Women’s National Book Association

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The Women’s National Book Association was established on November 13, 1917, in New York City by a group of women booksellers shut-out of the American Booksellers Association and the Booksellers’ League. Many of them joined forces over another cause—women’s suffrage—in the fall of that year. In fact, on October 27, just two days before the WNBA founders first gathered at Sherwood’s Bookstore in downtown Manhattan to discuss forming a women’s booksellers group, many of them had assembled as a group in a huge parade to support New York State’s referendum on women’s suffrage. That year, suffrage passed, making New York the first state in the East to grant women the right to vote. And that year, when the WNBA was founded, some thirteen women launched their efforts in connecting, educating, advocating, and leading in the literary world—an enterprise still going strong 100 years later.

The Women’s National Book Association will be celebrating its Centennial during the last week of October, 2017 with a national board meeting and a series of stellar, celebratory events.

We are looking to fill one exciting internship opportunity in New York City available starting in November of 2016 and running through November of 2017. Interns will work remotely but will also meet regularly with the Executive Board members and Committee Chairs. The hours of the internship will vary but will be a minimum of 20 hours a month. 

This is an unpaid position but each intern will have a free membership to the organization during the term of the internship.

This is an exciting opportunity not only to gain experience working with a 503c non-profit but also to interact with the publishing professionals who work in all aspects of the industry—as well as people who love books!

TITLE/Position: Centennial Planning Intern

Essential job responsibilities include:

  • Provide editorial assistance, including photo research, for the WNBA Centennial publication
  • Work on developing and updating the WNBA’s National and Centennial websites
  • Assist with the Coordination of the National Centennial Lecture Series
  • Assist in the development of Celebrating Women’s Voices (100 books lists – one for Fiction and one for Non-Ficiton) that will be made public in March of 2017    
  • Help with organizing the national meeting/centennial celebrations
  • Attend meetings with key board and committee members

TO APPLY: Email your resume to Valerie Tomaselli — vtomaselli@mtmpublishing.com

Upcoming Event: Brooklyn Book Festival

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Sunday, September 18 (10am-6pm, rain or shine), FREE

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

AUTHORS INCLUDE Margaret Atwood, Margo Jefferson, Faith Erin Hicks, Russell Banks, Phoebe Gloeckner, Chester Brown, Salman Rushdie, Libba Bray, Stephanie Danler, Gayle Forman, Pete Hamill, Jacqueline Woodson, Angela Flournoy, Helen Garner, Karin Slaughter, Bruce Schneier, Rebecca Traister, Marjorie Liu, Sayed Kashua, Esmeralda Santiago, Thomas Frank, Ralph Nader, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Yusef Komunyakaa, Joyce Carol Oates, A.O. Scott, Hua Hsu, Rob Sheffield, Yoss, Jessica Valenti, Cecily von Ziegesar, Ocean Vuong, Ed Yong and hundreds more.

authors     Margaret Atwood                 Joyce Carol Oates           Yusef Komunyakaa

The Brooklyn Book Festival will also have several “Bookend” events leading up to the festival starting today including:

  • After Adderall, a movie about what happens when James Franco makes a movie about you. Directed by Stephen Elliott, featuring Nick Flynn, Marie Howe, Jerry Stahl, Susan Orlean and Michael C. Hall at Videology Cinema Bar (Brooklyn). The Opening Night Party will be at Bell House (Brooklyn). See the New York premiere of Monday, September 12
  • R.L. Stine reads from his newest book  Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story, followed by a book-signing at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Tuesday, September 13
  • Greenlight Books and the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses host the Seventh Annual Brooklyn Indie Party to celebrate the literary independence of the borough and its Festival Friday, September 16
  • Children’s Day: Literary Celebration for Families and Children
    Saturday September 17th (10am-4pm, rain or shine)

To see a full list of “bookend” events for the Brooklyn Book Festival Click Here
Also to see the Brooklyn Book Festival homepage  Click Here

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For those of you who would like to gain some volunteer experience at the Brooklyn Book Festival,  the Women’s National Book Association-NYC (WNBA  http://www.wnba-nyc.org/) is looking for volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering, please email  Professor Denning at jdenning@pace.edu for details.