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WNBA/LA Executive Board
Rachelle Yousuf
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WNBA, Los Angeles Chapter Presents...

National Reading Group Month

OCTOBER 22, 6:30 - 8:00 PM


In honor of National Reading Group Month, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association will be hosting an eclectic author panel at Diesel, A Bookstore. Please join us to celebrate the joy of reading and learn about the growing power of book groups and book clubs.

Aline Ohanesian is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Orhan's Inheritance, which was long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, a Summer 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a April 2014 Indie Next pick. The novel was also a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction.

Aline was born in Kuwait and immigrated to Southern California at the age of three. After getting her MA in History, she abandoned her PhD studies when she realized her heart belonged to the novel. She is an alumna of the Bread Loaf and Squaw Valley writers conferences. She lives and writes in San Juan Capistrano, California, with her husband and two young sons.

Her website is www.AlineOhanesian.com

Meg Waite Clayton is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels, most recently The Race for Paris—the story of two journalists vying to make history by reporting the liberation of Paris in the summer of 1944. The Wednesday Sisters was one of Entertainment Weekly's 25 Essential Best Friend Novels of all time, and The Language of Light was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize (now the PEN/Bellwether). Meg has also written for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Runner's World and public radio.


Rachel Howzell Hall is a writer/assistant development director at City of Hope, a national leader in cancer research and treatment. Her first novel, A Quiet Storm, was a featured selection of Borders' Original Voices program, as well as an alternate selection of the Black Expressions book club. Her lastest book, Skies of Ash, is the second book in the Detective Elouise Norton series. She lives in Los Angeles.

Rachelle Yousuf is the Membership Assistant at PEN Center USA. She is the current president of the Women's National Book Association, Los Angeles Chapter and recently graduated with a master's in English Literature at California State University, Northridge. In her role as president, she is the co-chair of the L.A. Writers Conference. She is also the Event Coordinator for National Reading Group Month.

Please RSVP to Danielle Olson at [email protected]



National Reading Group Month 2015 Official Sponsors:

Premier Level
Sourcebooks — An Independent Vision

Silver Level
Hogarth — An imprint of The Crown Publishing Group

Bronze Level
Oneworld Publications


Friends of NRGM:

American Booksellers Association (ABA)
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction
Baker & Taylor
The Booklist Reader (Booklist, American Library Association)
Edelweiss (Above the Treeline, Inc.)
Ingram Content Group
Net Galley — Feed Your Readers
Reading Group Choices — Selections for Lively Book Discussions
Reading Group Guides — The Online Community for Reading Groups
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)

Member Discount for the 805 Writers Conference!

This year, as a sponsor for the 805 Writers' Conference, WNBA/LA members receive a special discount for registration! Follow the steps below to take advantage of this opportunity!

• Go to www.805WritersConference.com and check out the schedule
• Click on the Registration tab at the top, then click on the bright red and yellow SPECIAL button
• Input the password— Contact [email protected] for the password!

You can purchase sessions or the full conference at a discount.
Discount ENDS September 30 at 10 PM
Hope to see you there!


Rachelle Yousuf, Chapter President
[email protected]

2015 Great Group Reads Selections

Every year, the Great Group Reads Selection Committee—made up of WNBA members across the nation—put together a list of recommended books for reading groups and book clubs. This is done in celebration of National Reading Group Month, an initiative created by the WNBA to promote the joy of shared reading. Find out more about NRGM and the GGR list here. Check out this year's list below!

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
All Who Go Do Not Return: A Memoir by Shulem Deen
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
Call Me Home by Megan Kruse
Delicious Foods by James Hannaham
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
Dietland by Sarai Walker
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
Henna House by Nomi Eve
Landfall by Ellen Urbani
Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet
Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man by Thomas Page Mcbee
Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell
No. 4 Imperial Lane by Jonathan Weisman
Orphan #8 by Kim Van Alkemade
A Perfect Crime by A Yi
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton
A Sister to Honor by Lucy Ferriss
Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite by Suki Kim
The Wonder Garden by Lauren Acampora