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.

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


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 and UN Youth Representative Opportunity


Women’s National Book Association United Nations (UN) Department of Public Information (DPI) Non-governmental Organization (NGO) Youth Outreach

To support an increase in youth participation at the United Nations (UN), the DPI/NGO Relations Section now offers several new opportunities for young people to get involved. Beginning Fall 2011, two youth representatives (18 to 32 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 other meetings, briefings, and conferences.

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 commencing January 2017 through December 2017. 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: January 1 thru December 31, 2017 (pending approval, DPI/NGO 2016 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 participate 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.
  • 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 November 18, 2016.

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


Volunteers Needed for the Brooklyn Book Festival (Sunday, Sept. 20)

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Hello Students,

The Women’s National Book Association, NYC Chapter will once again be exhibiting at the annual Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 20, and they need your help!

They are looking for members to volunteer at the WNBA-NYC booth (#149) for 2-hour shifts between 10am and 6pm.

The Brooklyn Book Festival will be held on Sunday, September 20, 10am-6pm, at the Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, 209 Joralem St., Brooklyn NY. For more information and a schedule of festival events, see their website at brooklynbookfestival.org .

Brooklyn Book Festival

Volunteers will get a chance to meet new people, promote the organization, and spend time with other WNBA members at one of the most fantastic book events in New York City! Come out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather, various book events, and great company!

If you’re interested in volunteering, please email Alaina Waagner at awaagner@gmail.com. Let her know what timeframes that are best for you, and she will contact you directly this week.

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.

WNBA Women Writing Women’s Lives Panel Recap

Women Writing Women’s Lives: How I Got that Story – by Jenna Vaccaro

Jenna Vaccaro is the Co-Editor of the chapter newsletter, New York Bookwoman, and has also represented the WNBA-NYC as a Youth Representative to the United Nations. She is also a graduate student in the MS in Publishing Program at Pace University. Below she shares her reaction to this week’s Women Writing Women Lives panel – How I Got That Story!


Left to right: Diane, Nancy, Deirdre, Jean, and Marnie

Tuesday, November 14, 2013, the WNBA-NYC chapter partnered with the organization Women Writing Women’s Lives seminar and Pace University’s Dyson College, for an event featuring female authors writing biographies of famous (and not-so-famous) women throughout history. The evening event was held at Pace University’s downtown campus and featured some of today’s most interesting biographers:  Diane JacobsMarnie MuellerNancy Rubin StuartJean Fagan Yellin. The moderator for the panel was biographer Deirdre Bair who is also a long standing member of the Advisory Board for the MS in Publishing Program at Pace University.

Deirdre Bair is one of the original founders of Women Writing Women’s Lives, which started in 1990. The group represents a wide variety of feminist perspectives, and serves as a forum for authors, biographers, and historians to come together to discuss the issue of writing about women. They aim to highlight historical struggles in an effort to remind readers of the work done in the fight for equality. As Deirdre said, they work to eliminate the silence of the 18th century woman’s voice.

Women Writing Women's Lives BooksThe authors all have different research styles, and use different methods to portray their subjects. Each has spent countless hours in libraries, archives, and museums in order to get the most accurate, interesting story. They discussed the extent to which supposition played in their writing:  how much of their story is assumed verses how much there is historical evidence to support claims. There is a fine line between creating innocuous drama in their story and falsifying something potentially historically inaccurate. They all agreed that a biographer has to be careful about every small detail.

I was particularly struck by the differing ways the authors felt personal connections with their subjects. Marnie Mueller, author of an as-yet-untitled story of a Japanese woman who lived through an internment camp to become a dancer and stage actress, knew her subject personally and spoke as if she were a conduit of the woman.  Pace University Professor Emerita, Jean Fagan Yellin, author and researcher on historical slave narratives, stated that it was very hard for her to remember that she is not of the time or race of the subjects she writes about. Diane Jacobs, author of a book about the revolutionary period and the Adams family titled Dear Abigail, was much more detached from her subjects: Jacobs knew her subjects through research on their letter-writing, among other historical research. WWWL Panel DiscussionNancy Rubin Stewart, author of Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married, was similarly removed in time from her subjects, however she talked about them like they were old friends, discussing their actions in current contexts rather than historical ones.

The event was truly informative and entertaining, and we urge you to read some of our author’s fabulous books! These women have put so much effort into remarkable pieces of entertainment and research, and we at the WNBA-NYC Chapter are very thankful for their appearances.

We would also like to thank Pace University’s Dyson College and the MS in Publishing program for their generous use of the space and for providing refreshments.

WNBA Writing Contest Deadline Extended until December 15th

Are you an aspiring writer or poet?  The Women’s National Book Association is sponsoring its second annual writing contest and the deadline has been extended until December 15th.  Below are the guidelines for applying:


  • Fiction: 2,500 word limit: Short fiction only
  • No memoir or novel excerpts
  • Poetry: 3-5 pages of Poetry, 35 lines per page
  • Unpublished work only
  • Upload work at Submittable with no identifying information
  • A separate form will be included for all personal data
  • You may submit more than one entry, however, each one must be separately submitted and paid
  • All applicants must be 18 years of age or older
  • Acceptable formats are: Word Document 2007, Word Document 2003 or earlier version, RTF (Rich Text Format)

2013 Entry Fee:

  • Women’s National Book Association Members: $15 per entry
  • Non-Members: $20 per entry

Submit online here.

Click here for to view the flyer for more information.


Around Town: Book and Magazine Events in NYC

October 22, 2013

Postage Stamps

Join Chris West as he tells the tale of modern Britain through the country’s postage stamps in his book A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps. @ The Strand Bookstore 828 Broadway 7 p.m.

October 23, 2013

Strand + The Women’s National Book Association

Two venerable New York institutions, The Strand and the Women’s National Book Association join forces to present a very special panel of contemporary writers! In honor of National Reading Group Month we’ll be bringing a great group of authors to our charming Rare Book Room! Elizabeth Nunez, author of Boundaries, will lead a panel including Roxana Robinson, author of Sparta, Caroline Leavitt, author of Is This Tomorrow?, John Searles author of Help For The Haunted, Michèle Forbes, author of Ghost Moth, and Bernice McFadden author of Nowhere Is A Place. They’ll discuss the world of literature and the challenges of contemporary fiction. Join us for a night of lively discussion and book talk!

See the original blog post about the event here.

Tom Standage

Tom Standage, digital editor at the Economist and author of the New York Times bestseller A History of the World in 6 Glasses, joins us to discuss his new book Writing on the Wall: Social Media -The First 2000 Years. @ Barnes and Noble 97 Warren Street 6 p.m.

October 24, 2013

Rachel Ray

Join Rachel Ray as she introduces her newest cookbook Week in a Day. @ Barnes and Noble 33 East 17th Street 7 p.m.

The Moth StorySLAM

10 stories, 3 teams of judges, 1 winner. $8 at the door. This event always sells out. Limited seating; please arrive early. @ The Housing Works Bookstore 126 Crosby Street 7 p.m.


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!