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WNBA/LA Executive Board
Rachelle Yousuf
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Ruth Light
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Cynthia Levin
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Ruth Garcia-Corrales
Suzanne Kleinbub
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Third annual WNBA/LA Literary Salon!

Please join acclaimed authors and writing instructors Amy Friedman, Samantha Dunn and Leslie Lehr as they share their recent books, dealing with love, tragedy, and triumph in an afternoon of delicious tea sandwiches, desserts and more!

Where: Joan Jackson Residence
When: Sunday, Nov 16th
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm

R.S.V.P. and Directions: Suzanne Kleinbub

There is limited seating, so please reserve your spot early! Costs: $10 for members ~ $15 for non-members/guests (+$1 PayPal fee)

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Featured Authors:

Amy Friedman - Desperado's Wife

Amy Friedman is a writer, ghostwriter, editor and writing teacher. She has published several memoirs, including Desperado's Wife which was excerpted in the New York Times Modern Love column, landed her on the Katie Couric show and is currently being developed as a television series. Amy also writes the internationally syndicated column for children, Tell Me a Story and her essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and in magazines and newspapers. In 2013 she co-authored Anne Willan's memoir, the IACP Award winning One Souffle at a Time: A Memoir of Food and France. Amy teaches memoir and personal essay at UCLA Extension, Idyllwild School of the Arts, at the Skirball Cultural Arts Center and privately. With her husband, the writer Dennis Danziger, she founded the nonprofit P.O.P.S. the club for high school students whose lives have been touched by


Praise for Desperado's Wife...

"Desperado's Wife is a book for anyone who's ever had their heart broken, their hopes lifted, their ideas dismissed, their wounds healed, or their love confirmed—those things that make us human and vital. The author's fierce tenacity to do what's right and to fight for others will leave you cheering her on, and wishing there were many more Amy Friedmans in the world." ~ Monica Holloway, author of Cowboy and Wills and Driving with Dead People

Samantha Dunn - Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles

Praise for Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles…

"This challenging, unexpected anthology is not a "best of" but rather a gathering of escitoras, a handful of voices singing in Los Angeles at a particular moment in time, their characters walking wide, weird world with an ear to the shifty ground." ~ Samantha Dunn & Julianne Moore

Samantha Dunn is the author of Failing Paris, a finalist for the PEN West Fiction Award in 2000, and the memoirs Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life--a BookSense 76 pick--and Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex and Salvation. Her work is anthologized in a number of places, including the short story anthology, Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles, which she co-edited.Samantha's work has been featured in national publications, including O (Oprah) Magazine, Ms., and Salon. A longtime instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers Program, she also teaches at the Idyllwild Arts Center and conducts seminars with Cheryl Strayed and Pam Houston at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur. Sam is the founder of The Workshop, a private workshop series offering intensive sessions in creative nonfiction, memoir and essay, conducted throughout Southern California and nationally.


Leslie Lehr - What Mother Knows

Praise for What Mother Knows…

"Leslie Lehr's What a Mother Knows is a fast-paced and gripping exploration of a mother's love. A powerfully affecting novel." ~ Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and One Breath Away

Leslie Lehr is a manuscript consultant and the prizewinning author of six books, including her literary thriller, What A Mother Knows. She speaks at conferences from New Orleans to Newport Beach and teaches at the Writers Program at UCLA as well as for Truby Writers Studio. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times' Modern Love column, HuffPost Parents, and anthologies such as Mommy Wars (2007), The Honeymoon's Over (2007), and On Becoming Fearless (2007). She is the screenwriter of the romantic thriller, Heartless, and wrote Club Divorce for Lifetime. Leslie has a B.A. from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and an M.F.A. from Antioch University. She is a Manuscript Consultant for Truby's Writers Studio, and teaches at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

Let's Go [Book] Clubbing!
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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, and learn about the growing power of book groups and book clubs, with a panel of wonderful authors.

Date: October 21
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
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

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