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WNBA/LA President Rachelle Yousuf moderates a discussion on the importance of women's stories and voices with critically-acclaimed novelists Carmiel Banasky (The Suicide of Claire Bishop), Sonia Patel (Rani Patel In Full Effect), and Katherine Taylor (Valley Fever).
WHEN: Wednesday, October 19th, 7:00-8:30 P.M.
WHERE: Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
PARKING: There is street parking outside and a metered parking lot behind the bookstore.
This event is free and open to all.
To order advance copies of the featured authors’ novels, visit our NRGM event page on Skylight Books’ website.
If planning to attend, then please RSVP to Vice President Liz Donatelli at [email protected].
Contact either [email protected] or [email protected] with any questions.
We hope to see you there!
Rachelle Yousuf and Liz Donatelli
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Carmiel Banasky is a writer, editor, and teacher from Portland, OR. Her first novel, The Suicide of Claire Bishop, is published with Dzanc Books. Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, PEN America, American Short Fiction, Slice, Guernica, The Rumpus, and on NPR, among other places. She earned her BA from the University of Arizona and her MFA from Hunter College, where she taught Undergraduate Creative Writing. She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Ucross, Ragdale, Artist Trust, I-Park, VCCA, Santa Fe Art Institute, and other foundations. She's tried her hand at grassroots organizing while living in Mississippi, and studied for a year in London. After four years on the road at writing residencies, she now resides in Los Angeles and teaches with LA Writers Group. carmielbanasky.wixsite.com/carmielbanasky
Sonia Patel is a psychiatrist who works with children and adults. She was trained at Stanford University and the University of Hawaii. She lives and practices in Hawaii. Rani Patel In Full Effect is her first young adult novel. soniapatel.net
Katherine Taylor is the author of the novels Valley Fever (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 2015) and Rules for Saying Goodbye (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 2007). Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Elle, Town & Country, ZYZZYVA, The Southwest Review, and Ploughshares, among other publications. She has won a Pushcart Prize and the McGinnis Ritchie Award for Fiction. She has a B.A. from University of Southern California and a master’s degree from Columbia University, where she was a Graduate Writing Fellow. Katherine lives in Los Angeles. katherinetaylor.com
Join us for our November 6th Literary Tea! With Cocktails!
Join acclaimed authors Rachel M. Harper and Elizabeth L. Silver as they share their novels—stories that explore themes of hope and redemption—in an afternoon of delicious tea sandwiches, desserts, and more!
Meet and Greet with Jade Chang
We're excited to announce that our members and followers are invited to have dinner with critically-acclaimed author, Jade Chang. Jade's debut novel, The Wangs Vs. The World, was published this month and was selected as one of Entertainment Weekly's Most Anticipated Titles of 2016, as well as an October Indie Next Pick, among numerous other honors.
2016 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!
Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett
The 2016 WNBA Writing Contest is Open!
The Women's National Book Association is seeking your best work for our national writing contest. Winning entries will be published in a special issue of The Bookwoman, the national newsletter of the WNBA.
Open to all writers eighteen or older writing in English. International submissions are welcome if they are able to accept the winning prize in US dollars.
Now accepting submissions. The deadline is January 15, 2017.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Previously published work accepted. If your work is accepted or published elsewhere, please contact the Contest Chair, [email protected]
FICTION - 3,000 words maximum. No theme required.
NONFICTION - Includes memoir, personal essay, and commentary. 2,500 words maximum.
POETRY - 3–5 pages of poetry
Prizes: First place winners receive $250 cash prize. Second, third and honorable mentions will be published with the first place winners in the contest edition of The Bookwoman.
Entry Fee: WNBA Members: $15 per entry - Non-Members: $20 per entry
SUBMIT: You may submit more than one entry, but each entry requires a fee and a separate entry. Submit your work through our online submission site: https://wnba.submittable.com/submit
Winners will be announced on May 1, 2017.
Find more information here.
Fiction: Brenda Knight began her career at HarperCollins, working with luminaries Marianne Williamson, Huston Smith, and Paolo Coelho. Knight served as publisher of Cleis Press and was awarded IndieFab's Publisher of the Year in 2014. Knight is the author of Wild Women and Books, Be a Good in the World, and Women of the Beat Generation, which won an American Book Award. Managing Director of Mango Media, she also serves as President of the Womens' National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter.
Nonfiction (Creative Nonfiction or Memoir): Ellen Urbani is the author of the novel Landfall, a Women's National Book Association Great Group Reads selection set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Her work has been profiled in the Oscar-qualified short documentary film Paint Me a Future. A Southern expat now residing in Oregon, her pets will always be dawgs and her truest allegiance will always reside with the Crimson Tide.
Poetry: Linda Joy Myers is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers. Her memoir Don't Call Me Mother—A Daughter's Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award, a finalist in the IndieExcellence Awards, and won the BAIPA Gold Medal award. Linda offers workshops internationally, and helps people capture their stories through coaching, editing, and online workshops.