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National Reading Group Month


WNBA/LA Executive Board
Rachelle Yousuf
Vice President:
Liz Donatelli
Corresponding Secretary:
Cynthia Levin
Recording Secretary:
Kaleigh Tuso
Suzanne Kleinbub
Immediate Past President:
Ruth Light

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Suzanne Kleinbub and
Ruth Light

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Cheyenne Yousuf

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Danielle Miller

Holly Shaffer
Judy Lopez Award Liaison:
Meg Flanders
Judy Lopez Memorial Foundation Representative:
Jeff Slottow

Newsletter Editors:
Editor: Ruth Light
Member News Editor:
Jovita Jenkins
The Bookwoman Coordinator:

WNBA/LA Web Mistress:
Terri Negron

Members at Large:
Rosalind Myatt
Joan Slottow
Jeff Slottow
Lindsay Lees
Ruth Garcia-Corrales

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

Join us to celebrate

National Reading Group Month in October!

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
(323) 660-1175

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

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, GuernicaThe 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.

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.




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.

UPDATE! Summer Reading Event at Flintridge Bookstore

Flintridge Bookstore Recommends Summer Must-reads! In June we we were treated to a summer Must-reads List by Gail and Jenny at the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse. It was an informative and enjoyable afternoon, and here is the list!

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Wild Truth: The Untold Story of Sibling Survival by Carine McCandless

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick