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WNBA/LA Executive Board
Rachelle Yousuf
Vice President:
Ruth Light
Corresponding Secretary:
Cynthia Levin
Recording Secretary:
Ruth Garcia-Corrales
Suzanne Kleinbub
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Ruth Light

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Holly Shaffer
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Meg Flanders
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Jeff Slottow

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Editor: Ruth Light
Member News Editor:
Jovita Jenkins
The Bookwoman Coordinator:
Cali Gilbert

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Terri Negron

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Rosalind Myatt
Joan Slottow
Jeff Slottow
Lindsay Lees

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

Our 2nd annual WNBA/LA Literary Salon!

We had three incredibly talented authors share their new novels, defined by strong female heroines and their adventures in relationships, love, and baking. The authors discussed their inspiration, writing process, and how to write compelling characters in an afternoon of delicious tea sandwiches, desserts, and more!

Our Featured Authors:

Ann Hamilton and her debut novel, Expecting

Ann Hamilton is an Emmy Award nominated film/TV writer and producer, with credits including Grey's Anatomy, Stephen King's Dead Zone, Thirtysomething, Party of Five and One Tree Hill. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time as a amateur astronaut. (Not really, but she has seen Gravity three times and would consider being an astronaut if she got to meet George Clooney.) Ann Hamilton's debut novel, Expecting, is about a young couple's wish for a baby and their adventures in the world of fertility treatments.

"Hamilton excels at taking a heavy subject and spinning it into a humorous, descriptive, engaging read." - Shelf Awareness for Readers

Julia Mary Gibson and her debut novel, Copper Magic

Julia Mary Gibson was born the child of radical activist poets in the time of the Freedom Rides and the Vietnam War. She grew up to be a communard, welfare mother, waitress, secretary, visual effects producer, and mentor to unwed teens. She spent her childhood summers on the shores of Lake Michigan, which inspired her first novel, Copper Magic. Julia now lives in sight of the Hollywood sign in California.

"An impressive debut that's both historical fiction and enchanted realism." - Kirkus Reviews *Starred*


Renee Swindle and her novel, A Pinch of Oh La La

Renee Swindle's first novel, Please Please Please, was an Essence Magazine/Blackboard bestseller. Her second novel, Shake Down The Stars was a Blogger's Recommend Top Pick. Her new novel, A Pinch of Oh La La, is about the adventures of a young woman in jazz, love, and baking in a multi-cultural family in Oakland. Renee earned her BA from UC Irvine and her MFA from San Diego State University. She lives in Oakland, California with her three rescue dogs and three cats.

"Renee Swindle writes about the complications of love with great humor, compassion and sass. A Pinch of Ooh La La is a pure delight!" - Ellen Sussman, New York Times bestselling author of French Lessons and A Wedding in Provence


On Sunday, Sept. 14, 10 of our WNBA chapter members gathered at the Mystic Journey Bookstore to read their own work. Lisa-Catherine Cohen worked hard to organize this WNBA-sponsored event, and she also read from the biography KUKA:The Miracle Child in the Red Coat. The audience also heard Janet Thomas (Lemons, Lemonade & Life--Practical Steps for Getting the Sweetness Back When Life Goes Sour), Gerald Everett Jones (Mr. Ballpoint), Cali Gilbert (It's Simply...Serendipity), T. Faye Griffin (Morning Manna: Wisdom Served with Humor and Heart), Marian Silverman (White Rose/Stories of Love, Loss, and a Dog Named Holly), Rossandra White (Loveyoubye), J. Dylan Yates (The Belief in Angels), Dawn Blume Hawkes (Away from the Kitchen), Marjorie Annapov, and Dolores Sloan (The Sephardic Jews of Spain and Portugal: Survival of an Imperiled Culture in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries).

It was an eclectic group and an interesting afternoon! Thanks to all who read, and to all who supported our readers during one of the hottest days on record!! Visit our facebook page to see more pics!

Let's Go [Book] Clubbing!

It's National Reading Group Month time, and this year, WNBA/LA is going clubbing! Book clubbing that is! Join us at Diesel, A Bookstore to celebrate the joy of shared reading with a panel of wonderful authors.

Date: October 21
Time: 6:30-8:00
Location: Diesel Bookstore
225 26th St
Santa Monica, CA

Our authors include:

Cynthia Bond: Ruby
Michelle Huneven: Off Course
Gina B. Nahai: The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.
Gabrielle Zevin: The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

Please contact Rachelle Yousuf at for more information.