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Rachelle Yousuf
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WNBA/LA chapter members holding Trick or Treat donation boxes for UNICEF.

Literary Tea - April 24th, 2016!

Please join acclaimed authors Francesca Lia Block, Nina Revoyr, and Naomi Hirahara as they share their recent books,
all exploring the city of Los Angeles, in an afternoon of delicious tea sandwiches, desserts, and more!

Where: Joan Jackson Residence
When: Sunday, April 24th
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm

Contact [email protected] if you're interested in attending this sold out event!

Featured Authors:

Francesca Lia Block, Dangerous Angels - Francesca Lia Block is the author of more than twenty-five books of fiction, non-fiction, short stories, and poetry. She received the Spectrum award, the Phoenix award, the ALA Rainbow Award, and the 2005 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as other citations from the American Library Association to the New York Times Book Review, School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly.

About Dangerous Angels - The Weetzie Bat series, by acclaimed author Francesca Lia Block, was listed among NPR's 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels. This collection brings together the five luminous novels of the series: Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, Missing Angel Juan, and Baby Be-Bop. Spinning a saga of interwoven lives and beating hearts, these postmodern fairy tales take us to a Los Angeles brimming with magical realism: a place where life is a mystery, pain can lead to poetry, strangers become intertwined souls, and everyone is searching for the most beautiful and dangerous angel of all: love.

The Weetzie Bat books broke new ground with their stylized, lyrical prose and unflinching look at the inner life of teens. The New York Times declared Dangerous Angels was "transcendent." And the Village Voice proclaimed "Ms. Block writes for the young adult in all of us."


Nina Revoyr, Lost Canyon - Nina was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a white American father, and grew up in Tokyo, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles. She is the author of five novels: The Necessary Hunger, Southland (an Edgar Award finalist), The Age of Dreaming (a finalist for the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize), Wingshooters (an O: Oprah Magazine’s “Book to Watch For”), and most recently, Lost Canyon.
Nina is executive vice president and chief operating officer of a large nonprofit organization serving children affected by violence and poverty in Central and South Los Angeles. Nina lives in Northeast Los Angeles with her spouse and their dogs.

About Lost Canyon - Four people on a backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada find more adventure than they ever imagined. After an unexpected change in plans, the hikers start a 30-mile loop on a pristine mountain trail that hasn’t been traveled in years—or so they think.  But then they stumble onto someone who doesn’t want to be found, and this chance encounter leads to a series of dangerous conflicts, moral dilemmas, confrontations with nature, and an all-out struggle for survival.

Moving effortlessly between city and wilderness, Lost Canyon explores the ways that race, class, and culture shape experience and perception. It examines the choices good people must face in desperate situations. Set in the grand, wild landscape of California’s mountains, Lost Canyon is a story of brewing social tensions and breathtaking adventure that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.


Naomi Hirahara, Grave on Grand Avenue - Naomi writes stories in the form of mystery novels, noir story stories, middle-grade fiction, historical nonfiction and personal essay. The third in her Mas Arai mystery series, Snakeskin Shamisen, won an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Paperback Original. The first, Summer of the Big Bachi, will be published in France in 2015 as La Malediction D'un Jardinier Kibei. The first in her Officer Ellie Rush bicycle cop series, Murder on Bamboo Lane, won the T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award. She, her husband and Jack Russell dog live happily in her birthplace of Pasadena, California.

About Grave on Grand Avenue - Ellie stops for a friendly chat with gardener Eduardo Fuentes while patrolling one of Los Angeles’s premier concert halls. A few minutes later she’s shocked to discover him lying at the bottom of a staircase, clinging to life and whispering something indecipherable. Nearby, the father of Xu, a Chinese superstar classical musician, claims Fuentes was knocked down while attempting to steal his son’s multimillion-dollar cello—a story Ellie has trouble believing.
Meanwhile Ellie has issues of her own to deal with—like the curious theft of her car, a 1969 Pontiac Skylark. But after the gardener takes his last breath and Xu mysteriously disappears, it’s clear to Ellie she must act quickly before someone else falls silent…


Our WNBA/LA Writing Critique Group is going strong, having recently interviewed and accepted a new member, Madelyn Gilbreath. There are eight people in the group, and they meet twice a month. Everyone in the group speaks highly of their experience, and Jovita Jenkins, one of the original members, says she feels like she is getting her masters in creative writing through the work she does there, coupled with the feedback and support from everyone.


Do you have some of your work that is ready to submit? March 31st is the deadline to submit your work to the Florida Review. The three categories are fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Click here to get the details---


Cynthia Exum, one of our newest chapter members, is a literary curator and producer/founder of the Leimert Park Village Book Fair. The fair began in 2007, and this year will be held on August 20. Click here for the entire publicity notice.

WNBA/LA executive board members don't always work...sometimes they just goof off! Here are Rachelle Yousuf (president), Ruth Light (newsletter editor), and Liz Donatelli (vice president) using their coloring talent at the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeeshop holiday event.

On December 13, our chapter's 40th anniversary was combined with the Annual Holiday Party. We met at the Canyon Grille in Burbank for an evening of delicious food and interesting conversation. Danielle Olson (Social Media Chair) and Liz Donatelli (Vice President) organized and planned the party, and the turnout was a wonderful mix of new members, potential members, and longstanding members.