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You're cordially invited to attend
a celebratory holiday luncheon
to honor the 40th anniversary of
Women's National Book Association, Los Angeles.

Sunday, December 13th, 4:00-6:00 PM

The Canyon Grille at DeBell Golf Club
1500 E Walnut Ave., Burbank, CA 91501
(818) 736-5530 - www.debellgolf.com


FIRST COURSE: Soup, House or Caesar Salad
APPETIZER COURSE: choice of mac 'n' cheese, spinach artichoke dip, potato skins
ENTRÉE COURSE: choice of Greek pizza, Angus burger, grilled chicken sandwich, scampi sandwich
DESSERT: mini pastry assortment

Free on-street and lot parking options are available.

Tickets are $35.00 + $1.35 PayPal processing fee. Members are welcome to bring a guest.
A portion of ticket sales will be donated to WNBA/LA to help defray operating costs.

Please RSVP by Saturday, December 5th.

Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Literary Tea on November 15th!

Featured Authors:

Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach

Carrie Arcos was born in Albany, New York and still mourns the day her family left for the West Coast. She earned an MA in creative writing and English literature and writes young adult fiction. She loves teaching English—first high school and now college. Carrie currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. Out of Reach is her debut novel and has been selected as a 2012 National Book Award finalist for young people's literature. Her latest novel is There Will Come a Time. Visit her at carriearcos.com.

About Out of Reach

Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah. He struggles with addiction, but she tells herself that he's in control. And she almost believes it. Until the night that Micah doesn't come home.

Rachel's terrified–and she can't help but feel responsible. She should have listened when Micah tried to confide in her. And she only feels more guilt when she receives an anonymous note telling her that Micah is nearby and in danger.

With nothing more to go on than hope and a slim lead, Rachel and Micah's best friend, Tyler, begin the search. Along the way, Rachel will be forced to confront her own dark secrets, her growing attraction to Tyler…and the possibility that Micah may never come home.

"Without treacle or sanctimony, Carrie Arcos touches on almost every aspect of the adolescent experience–far beyond the devastating effect of a sibling's lost battle with drugs–with nuance, beauty, and honesty. Rachel represents the rarest of authorial feats: a protagonist who is both timely and timeless." Judges citation from the 2012 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

Sherri L. Smith, The Toymaker's Apprentice

Sherri L. Smith is the award-winning author of YA novels Lucy the GiantSparrowHot Sour Salty SweetFlygirl and Orleans. In October 2015, she makes her middle grade debut with The Toymaker’s Apprentice from G.P. Putnam and Sons for Penguin Random House. Her books have been listed as Amelia Bloomer, American Library Association Best Books for Young People, and Junior Library Guild Selections. Flygirl was the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist. Sherri was a 2014 National Book Awards judge in the Young People’s Literature category. She is a three-time writer-in-resident at Hedgebrook retreat in Washington State, as well as a resident at Wassard Elea retreat, in Ascea, Italy.

About The Toymaker's Apprentice

Stefan Drosselmeyer is a reluctant apprentice to his toymaker father until the day his world is turned upside down. His father is kidnapped and Stefan is enlisted by his mysterious cousin, Christian Drosselmeyer, to find a mythical nut to save a princess who has been turned into a wooden doll. Embarking on a wild adventure through Germany, Stefan must save Boldavia’s princess and his own father from the fanatical Mouse Queen and her seven-headed Mouse Prince, both of whom have sworn to destroy the Drosselmeyer family. Based on the original inspiration for the Nutcracker ballet, Sherri L. Smith brings the Nutcracker Prince to life in this fascinating journey into a world of toymaking, magical curses, clockmaking guilds, talking mice and erudite squirrels.

“Men and mice engage in mortal conflict in this multilayered retelling of The Nutcracker…No sweet strains of Tchaikovsky’s ballet score waft through this complex tale of family devotion, revenge, and warfare. A fast-paced adventure…” - Kirkus Review

Livia Blackburne, Daughter of Dusk

Livia Blackburne has a PhD in neuroscience from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she conducted research on the neural correlates of reading. She still blogs on the intersection of writing and brain science, and she now lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Livia is also the author of Midnight Thief, an Indies Introduce New Voices selection. For more info, visit  liviablackburne.com.

About Daughter of Dusk

After learning the truth about her bloodlines, Kyra can’t help but feel like a monster.

Though she’s formed a tentative alliance with the Palace, Kyra must keep her identity a secret or risk being hunted like the rest of her Demon Rider kin. Tristam and the imprisoned assassin James are among the few who know about her heritage, but when Tristam reveals a heartbreaking secret of his own, Kyra’s not sure she can trust him. And with James’s fate in the hands of the palace, Kyra fears that he will give her away to save himself.

As tensions rise within Forge’s Council, and vicious Demon Rider attacks continue in surrounding villages, Kyra knows she must do something to save her city. But she walks a dangerous line between opposing armies: will she be able to use her link to the Demon Riders for good, or will her Makvani blood prove to be deadly?

"[A] dark, morally complex adventure." - Kirkus Reviews (Midnight Thief)

WNBA Writing Contest Open for Submissions!

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We are 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 18 or older writing in English. Now accepting submissions – deadline January 15, 2016.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Previously published work accepted. If your work is accepted or published elsewhere, please contact the Contest Chair, [email protected].

FICTION - Includes short fiction, novel excerpts, and flash fiction. 3,000 words maximum.

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: Submit your work through our online submission site: https://wnba.submittable.com/submit

Find more information here.


Fiction: Ann Harleman is the author of two short story collections – Happiness, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and Thoreau's Laundry.

Non-Fiction (Creative Non-Fiction or Memoir): Rosemary Daniell is known as one of the best writing coaches in the country, and she is author of Secrets of the Zona Rosa: How Writing (And Sisterhood) Change Women's Lives. She is found and leader of Zona Rosa®, a series of creative writing workshops.

Poetry: Mary Mackey, Ph.D., is the author of 13 novels and 7 collections of poetry including Sugar Zone, winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award. As Professor Emeritus of English at California State University Sacramento, she taught Creative Writing. She welcomes questions and comments at www.marymackey.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @MMackeyAuthor.