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Winter 2013/14
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In this month's issue...Downton Abbey Memoir Giveaway!...Writing Contest Deadline Extended to Dec 15!...Nominate Your Favorite Children's Bookstore for a Pannell Award!
PresidentPresident's Letter
Valerie Tomaselli

Dear WNBA members,


I've been to two events in the past few weeks--both related to the WNBA--that I've been musing about.


The first was a talk that Ann Patchett did at 192 Books in my NYC neighborhood, Chelsea, on November 6, from her new book This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Anne spoke elegantly about many  things, but one comment particularly struck me. In discussing the need to step into the breach in order to get things done, Anne told the story--quite hilarious--about a big cockroach, well the biggest cockroach in the world, that she encountered with some friends in Boston, and who among them was going to kill it. This, in a fabulous storytelling turn, was related to the launch of Parnassus Books in Nashville: when the city found itself without a bookstore, Anne decided she had to make it happen. Of course, this is what our 2012 WNBA Award honored her for--the dedication above and beyond her work as an author, giving her beloved city a bookstore to nourish it, and taking up the battle cry as spokesperson for the independent bookstore.  


The other event--a panel program called "Women Writing Women's Lives"  organized by the WNBA-NYC and cosponsored by Pace University and the organization Women Writing Women's Lives (WWWL)--presented four biographers in an in-depth conversation of how they work and why:

In a fascinating discussion of their methodologies, moderated by Deirdre Bair, one of the original founders of WWWL and biographer of several major 20th century figures, the authors described the exhaustive research required to uncover the stories of voiceless women. Yellin's story, in particular, about researching the life of Harriet Jacobs, author of the slave narrative Incidents of a Slave Girl, poignantly reminded us of how women's stories are buried in the past; in fact, history was doubly blind to Jacobs--she was not only a woman, but she was a black woman (and a slave for much of her life).  


As we approach our 100th anniversary and plan for it, it's critical to honor the role books play in women's stories. Throughout much of our history, women's intellectual lives have been allowed their fullest expression in books; both as authors and readers, women have found their voices. The WNBA--since its inception in 1917--has placed the importance of the book to women at the center of its mission. Our WNBA Award honoree Ann Patchett, the biographers on the NYC biography panel, all the authors across the country in our National Reading Group Month events and other programs this fall, every member across our chapters--we are all connected to the same mission, one that is central to women's lives now and has been throughout history.


Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season!


~Valerie Tomaselli

President, Women's National Book Association


P.S. I called on the WNBA community last year to patronize your favorite indie store during the holiday season. I'm doing it again this year. Buy a book for your nephew, your best friend, your partner . . . for everyone on your list-and buy it at an independent bookstore!


Sustaining Members
Atria Books
National Reading Group Month Sponsor 
The Crown Publishing Group 
Extra Libris -- Great books and more to go with them
National Reading Group Month Sponsor

Dancing Chiva Literary Arts, S.C.

HarperCollins Publishers
(Amistad, Ecco, Harper, Harper Paperbacks, HarperPerennial,
WilliamMorrow, William Morrow Paperbacks)
National Reading Group Month Sponsor

Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
National Reading Group Month Sponsor

Other Press
National Reading Group Month Sponsor

Penguin Group (USA) / Penguin Young Readers Group
WNBA Pannell Award Sponsor

National Reading Group Month Sponsor

Friends of National Reading Group Month
American Booksellers Association
Book Group Buzz--A Booklist Blog
Kobo-A Rakuten Company
Reading Group Choices--Selections for Lively Book Discussion
Reading Group Guides--The Online Community for Reading Groups

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In this issue . . .

President's Letter 

WNBA's Writing Contest!
Deadline Extended to Dec 15! 

Pannell Award Nominations
How to Nominate a Bookstore.

WNBA's 2013/14
Nominating Committee

Chapter News

* Boston
* Charlotte
* Detroit
* Los Angeles
* Nashville
* New Orleans
* New York City
* San Francisco
* Seattle
* Washington, DC 

Real Presidents of WNBA
Annette Marie Haley (Detroit) interviews Seattle's new president, Linda Gray. 

UN Corner
Compiled and edited by
Jill A. Tardiff (NYC).

Anchoring Your Presence Online
Five Easy Tips!
By Linda Lee (SF)

Giveaway of Masterpiece Theatre Executive Producer's memoir! Read the back story to your favorite show on PBS!

Important Copyright Information for Contributors 

WNBA's Executive Officers
VP/President Elect:
Carin Siegfried

Gloria Toler

Immediate Past President

For further information on the national board, chapter presidents, committee chairs, please go to the WNBA website.

You may also download a pdf of the information here.

Submission Guidelines
for The Bookwoman
Updated deadlines, formatting, and word count specifications for the upcoming season are
available here.

Interested in submitting an article to The Bookwoman? Contact us at:
NominatingWNBA's 2013/14
Nominating Committee
The nominating committee for the upcoming election year has been announced:

Carin Siegfried,
Committee Chair (Charlotte),
Jane Denning
(NYC), and Daphne Kalotay (Boston).
WritingContestWNBA's Second Annual Writing Contest
Deadline Extended to December 15!

Submit your entries


Little girl walking up stairs to the magic book land
* Online submissions only

* Unpublished work only

* Fiction: 2500 word limit (no novel excerpts or memoirs)
* Poetry: 3-5 pages maximum
* WNBA Members: $15 per entry/Non-Members: $20 per entry

* $250 cash prize and publication in The Bookwoman, the official  

   publication of the Women's National Book Association 

* Winners announced March 2014


This year's fiction judge is New York Times best-selling author Meg Waite Clayton, and multi-award-winning writer/poet, Molly Peacock, will judge the poetry entries.  


Read last year's winning entries in The Bookwoman--Special Contest Issue.


Questions? Contact:

PannellPannell Award
Deadline for Nominations is December 15

Since 1983, the Women's National Book Association has awarded one of the most prestigious honors in children's bookselling. Given annually at BookExpo America's Children's Book and Author Breakfast, the WNBA Pannell Award recognizes bookstores that enhance their communities by bringing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading in their young patrons.

Every year two winners are selected by a panel of publishing professionals -- one award is given to a general bookstore and one a children's specialty bookstore. The store nominations come from customers, sales reps, store personnel, or anyone who has been impressed with the work of a particular independent bookstore.
The nomination process is designed to be simple and ensure the nomination of every deserving store. People can nominate a store by sending an e-mail to including the following information:

1) Name, email address, and phone number of person making the nomination
2) That person's connection to the nominated store (such as customer, owner, employee, publisher)
3) A brief statement outlining the reasons that store is being nominated
4) Contact info for the owner/manager of the nominated store.

The submission of nominations is due by December 15, 2013, at which time a press release will be issued listing the nominees. The nominated store then puts together an electronic submission with a description of activities, goals, or any contribution to the local community that involves young people and books. Photos, media coverage, letters from customers, or anything else that transmits the degree of contribution can be included in the submission.

Once the Pannell Award jurors make their decision, the winners will be notified by phone, and all submitting stores will receive a phone call. Each of the two winners will receive a $1,000 check and a framed signed original piece of art by a children's illustrator during a presentation at the BEA/ABA Children's Book and Author Breakfast, which draws more than 1,000 attendees.

Along with WNBA, Penguin Young Readers Group co-sponsors the award.
Chapter News

WNBA-Boston Book Club, NRGM  
& WNBA at the Boston Book Festival

The WNBA-Boston book club continued meeting monthly, even through the summer months. The most recent meeting was a noon brunch to discuss the fascinating
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, by Xiaolu Guo.


In honor of National Reading Group Month, we hosted a panel discussion at the Boston Book Festival, featuring Amity Gaige (Schroder), Miriam Karmel Being Esther), and Jessica Keener (Women in Bed).


We also had a great time at our WNBA booth at the Boston Book Festival and raffled off a free Kobo e-reader.  

Member News 


Lisa Borders read from her new novel The Fifty-First Estate, at the Boston Book Festival.


Nicole Bouchard interviewed novelist Alice Hoffman for the new issue of The Write Place At The Write Time.  


Deborah Doucette read from her new novel, Bad Girls, at the Sherborn Library.  

FloatJoeAnn Hart read from her novel,  Float 

at the Boston Book Festival and was part of the panel discussion "Why We Write" at the Concord Festival of Authors.  


Anne Ipsen gave a talk based on her memoir, A Child's Tapestry of War, at the Scandinavian Cultural Center. 


Daphne Kalotay read from her novel,

Sight Reading at the Boston Book Festival.

Jessica Keener presented her new book, Women in Bed, at Brookline Booksmith. 


Amy Kwei discussed her book, A Concubine for the Family   

A Concubine For the Family: A Family Saga in China, at the New England Mobile Book Fair.  

Cascade Maryanne O'Hara read from her novel, Cascade, at the Whitman Public Library. 

Henriette Power read from her novel, The Clover House at the Weston Clover House Public Library and hosted the Celebrity Bookclub at Newtonville Books.


Rishi Reddi's story "Karma" was this year's One City One Story pick for the Boston Book Festival.

The Art Forger  

B.A. Shapiro discussed her bestselling novel, The Art Forger, at Zia in Belmont and at the Somerville Public Library.   


Gilmore Tamny's serialized novel, My Days with Millicent, was recently published by OhioEdit.


Kim Triedman was one of the featured poets kicking off the 2013-14 Poetry Series at Newton Free Library, for her book Plum(b), and she launched her debut novel,  The Other Room, in October. 


Report by Daphne Kalotay  

LA2Los Angeles
NRGM, WNBA Reads Its Own &
Another Fantastic
Literary Tea!
September or early October always brings the West Hollywood Book Fair, and our WNBA-LA booth there was a big usual! Free booth space is a member benefit, and this year 10 chapter members brought their books, brochures, and CDs to show off and sell.  


Our chapter's NRGM event was held, for the second year in a row, at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena. Several members gathered for dinner and socializing beforehand, and then enjoyed the evening of readings and book discussions.


Our Literary Teas just keep getting better! Until this membership year, we have typically had one Literary Tea per year. We usually have three authors who read and discuss their books, plus a lovely array of desserts and teas. This past September 8 we had the first of the year, and on November 10 we had our second one which featured cookbook authors...who brought samples from their memoirs/cookbooks.

WNBA-LA's Literary Tea 

Rachelle Yousuf, chapter president, initiated a visit to the first annual LitCrawl LA. Only four chapter members showed up to wander around the various venues listening to authors and poets, but we definitely see this as a fun and easy-to-organize activity for next year. 


Member News


Carrie Cross's Skylar Robbins: The Mystery of Shadow Hills, has been compared to a funny, modern-day Nancy Drew mystery. Thirteen-year-old sleuth Skylar Robbins has her belief in a rational universe challenged when an intriguing classmate introduces her to witchcraft.


Conny Hutchinson, a new WNBA member, is also a first-time author of provocative, creative nonfiction, Foothold in the Mountain, arrives in bookstores this November. Entertainingly informative, her story is a wild ride that proves anything is possible if you're willing to do the work. Contact:  323-936-1311


Cradle Songs

Sharmagne Leland-St. John is editor, with coeditor, Rachelle Yousuf, of Cradle Songs: An Anthology of Poems on Motherhood, winner in the Poetry: Anthropologies category of the 2013 International Book Awards.  


Cynthia Magg has a solution if you're looking for a new approach to weight loss that helps you shed pounds in a more relaxed manner and leave the land of yo-yo dieting forever. Interested? Then sink your teeth into Getting To The Heart Of The Platter.


Dara Rochlin is the 'Official Book Doctor' for Literally Public Relations, which specializes in creative, innovative, and cost-effective PR solutions for self-published and published authors with print, online and broadcast media coverage based in southeast England.


Alva Sachs, award-winning children's author, had the honor of being hosted by WNBA at the West Hollywood Book Fair. Dear Master Dragon, Alva's newest title, was awarded Book of the Year by Creative Child Magazine


Kathrin King Segal recently appeared at the West Hollywood Book Fair, featuring her novels, We Were Stardust and Wild Again, as well as selling a few of her CDs. She is currently working on a new novel.


Ruth Garcia-Corrales is the author of What it Takes,  From $20 to $200 Million, the true story of an immigrant who came from Israel and, without speaking English or Spanish, overcame his limitations and succeeded.  

  Report by Ruth Light 
NOLA2New Orleans

WNBA-NOLA on Facebook 


The Pinckley Prize, NRGM, & WNBA-NOLA Member Honored at LA Book Festival 


Finally, cool weather has arrived, which really breaks the grip of storm season. We were lucky this year! And our chapter's good luck--and hard work--have continued.


Judging is now underway for the Pinckley Prize for Debut Crime Fiction; our judges are Constance Adler, Mary McCay, and Christine Wiltz. We had a respectable number of submissions for a first outing and are confident the competition will continue to grow. The endowment for the prizes is also coming along, and we now have more than $30,000 in our fund. The website is


We got fall off to a great start in September with a new member event at the home of Christine Wiltz and had a record crowd--more than 50--with new folks who jumped in with great ideas and energy.


In October, Loyola University hosted our meeting, with intellectual property attorney Marie Breaux, giving a fascinating workshop on copyright law and its many changes over the years.


We partnered with other groups for our National Reading Group Month events in October, including an appearance by Allan Gurganus, author of Local Souls, at Octavai Books, and a panel of mystery writers: Pamela Binnings Ewen, Jean Redmann, and Erica Spindler, moderated by Antoinette de Alteriis at Newcomb College Institute for Research on Women. We also partnered with One Book One New Orleans for a discussion of Erna Brodber's Louisiana. Our Book Arts competition is coming up November 16 - an evening of food and cocktails at a recently opened restaurant with an auction of artists' books and other donated items. We will continue having our annual holiday book drive for the Metropolitan Women's Shelter as part of our holiday celebration at the home of poet Melinda Palacio.



A highlight of the month was the Louisiana Book Festival at the Baton Rouge State Capitol November 2. Former chapter president and current board member Christine Wiltz received the Louisiana Writer Award this year, placing her in the company of such well-known writers as James Lee Burke, Ernest Gaines, Shirley Ann Grau, William Joyce, and Valerie Martin. A number of chapter members were on hand to applaud loudly and proudly.


Report by Susan Larson 

SF2San Francisco

NRGM, Joie de Livre at Litquake & The Free Book Mobile Visits the Living Room

WNBA-SF kicked off its NRGM celebrations on October 1, with a lively discusssion expertly moderated by LA member, Patricia V. Davis, Meg Waite Clayton,
Wednesday Daughters; Tracy Guzeman, The Gravity of Birds; Mary Mackey, Immersion; and Amanda McTigue, Going to Solace read and discussed their recently published novels or collection of short stories. 

NRGM celebrations continued October 19, with Joie de Livre co-sponsored by Litquake, San Francisco's Literary Festival. Held at Books, Inc., three tantalizing books provided a heady mix of topics and themes - Margot: A Novel by Jillian Cantor, The Explanation for Everything: A Novel by Lauren Goldstein, The Bones of Paris: A Novel of Suspense by Laurie R. King. Moderated by Amanda McTigue, the authors discussed several "joies des livres," highlighting the way that each book explored mysteries:
  • Mystery as genre: who done it
  • Mystery in a religious and metaphysical sense: the unknowable
  • Mystery as mood
  • Mystery as, perhaps, an existential imperative

Cantor, Grodstein, and King took to the podium, and instead of reading selected passages from their books, gave us their motivation for writing these particular books, the thought processes that had fermented in their minds over time: unforgettable confrontations with radical thinkers, youthful memories that continued to haunt, characters who wouldn't remain dead. Intriguing.  


In October, we visited the Living Room, a day center for homeless mothers and children in Santa Rosa, CA! Glen Weaver, founder and director of the Free Book Mobile, joined WNBA-San Francisco as a community partner in our Early Literacy program at the Living Room. Judie Ehret, retired librarian and volunteer reader in our literacy program, arranged for the FBM visit as part of her weekly schedule there.


The concept of the Free Book Mobile is to give away, not loan, books, to at-risk populations of all ages throughout Sonoma County. Since one of our WNBA member authors, Andrea Alban, had just donated a large number of her early childhood picture books, Ten Little Wishes: A Baby Animal Counting Book, we were able to share her gift with the Free Book Mobile as well as with the Living Room.


We then presented the director of the Living Room, Cheryl Parkinson, with many more copies of Ten Little Wishes, enough to give everyone who attends the holiday luncheon in December a copy. Cheryl's eyes lit up when she saw all the animals illustrated in the book. "We have a volunteer who matches up the holiday books with stuffed animals," she said. "This is a perfect book for that."


We are grateful to Andrea Alban for her generous donation to the Living Room and the Free Book Mobile. The book's warmth and good wishes will bring joy to many families here in Sonoma County, a countryside not unlike that in the pages in her colorful book, illustrated by Lisa Bossi. We are also thankful to Glen Weaver that WNBA will be able to order books at deep discount through the Free Book Mobile's account with First Book Marketplace. What could be better than books in the hands of mothers and children who need them?


Our November meeting, hosted by Mary Mackey, focused on how poets can survive the digitization of the book world. New members showed up from San Jose to Sonoma to get to know WNBA.


Member News


Joan Gelfand Joan Gelfand's review, "Walk It Out: Wild and My Pilgrim's Heart," appeared in the Huffington Post in October. Joan was a guest on the KPIX television show "Mosaic." The topic was books and authors; the show aired on November 17.

Report by Kate Farrell

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WNBA-Seattle and University Book Store Celebrate NRGM 


We had an outstanding panel of three Great Group Reads Selections' authors/books for our National Reading Group Month official event held October 24 at University Book Store in Seattle. Tara Conklin (The House Girl), Jillian Cantor (Margot), and Ray Robertson (David).


The panel was wonderful and the event was successful. Thank you University Book Store for a great venue and excellent support! Despite a heavy fog that descended on Seattle in mid-October and stayed through the night of our event, wreaking havoc with flights and other transportation; and despite a couple of major competing literary events that night, we got a good-sized and very engaged audience.  

Bill Kenower, Ray Robertson,
Tara Conklin, & Jillian Cantor

This year our event's moderator was Bill Kenower, editor-in-chief of Author Magazine, well-known here for his work not only with the magazine, but with the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Bill did a fantastic job making the panel discussion fun, interesting, and personal by asking the authors questions that generated lively conversation about their writing experiences, motivations, highlights, and excitements. The audience loved it and chimed in with their own questions in the last quarter hour, which could have gone on much longer!


Our board members hosted a casual dinner in a nearby restaurant after the event for our panel participants and the bookstore liaison. Fun, lively, and a great way to deepen the GGR connection.


Report by Linda Gray

NRGM & WNBA-Detroit  
Bookwoman Award Presentation

WNBA Detroit annually celebrates the reading of books by authors from fall events, including NRGM authors and the Detroit Book Author Society luncheon presenters with an annual potluck Fireside Chat. This year we heard tales from our three members on the GGR selection committee and got the inside scoop on the workings of such a monumental task. Member Barb Walker's beautiful home was decorated for the holidays and helped us all kick off the season of good cheer together with books, wine, good food, and wicked networking among great women.

October 9: Authors in our 2013 NRGM panel, left to right: Ray Robertson, Michael Harvey, Marjorie Celona, Larry Watson, and our moderator, Willetta Heising. Another informative, entertaining and fun evening!
Rochelle Riley &
Willetta Heising

The WNBA Detroit Bookwoman Award was presented to Rochelle Riley. The memorable Brunch was attended by most of our chapter members. The engraved crystal award was designed by Tonya Davidson, WNBA Detroit Awards chair. Find out more about Rochelle Riley on her website



On October 21, Shannon Janeczek, WNBA's representative to Detroit Book & Author Society, and Willetta Heising,WNBA-Detroit president, attended the 83rd bi-annual luncheon to hear authors Jamie Ford, Allison Leotta, Alice McDermott, Bill Minutaglio and SaraParetsky. Funds from this luncheon provide grants to local libraries and scholarships.
Shannon Janeczek & Willetta Heising


 Member News


Shannon Janeczek's author services company PublishSavvy, will release two more books, just in time for the holidays. A second Heather Nestleroad book will be out in early December (title to be determined), and by Thanksgiving Daddy Drives a Truck by David Jones will be available in both paperback and eBook versions.  

Report by Annette Marie Haley

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Networking at The Peculiar Rabbit,

Rock & Read 5K Run & NRGM Bibliofeast 


WNBA-Charlotte started its 2013-14 programming year with three of our most popular annual events.  


On September 9, over 40 people attended our Fall Social and Networking Meeting, held at a funky restaurant called The Peculiar Rabbit. Everyone excitedly caught up with old friends (after a long summer sans WNBA-Charlotte meetings) and also made efforts to introduce themselves to new and prospective members. Several paid members won raffled-off bags of book galleys generously donated by current chapter president, Kristen Knox, and members Carin Siegfried and Susan Walker!


T-shirts designed by Emily Pearch

Just days later on September 14, our members participated in Friends of the Library's 4th Rock & Read 5K walk/run. In addition to getting some early morning exercise while wearing cute, matching t-shirts, our group sponsored the event to support the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library system. After the walk, our "Bookwomen" team also manned a table to distribute information about the WNBA-Charlotte and invite people to purchase tickets for our signature annual event, BiblioFeast. 

Shelley Koslowe, Barbara Phillips, Carin Siegfried, & author Jamie Mason at Bibliofeast


On Monday, October 14, we celebrated our 4th annual BiblioFeast held in honor of National Reading Group Month. This year, we hosted nine high-profile authors who traveled from table to table to introduce and discuss their latest published works.  


Authors included Wilton Barnhardt, Lookaway, Lookaway (St. Martin's Press), Diane Chamberlain, Necessary Lies (St. Martin's Press), Nora Gaskin, Time of Death and Until Proven (Lystra Books), Susan Gregg Gilmore, The Funeral Dress (Broadway Books), Tommy Hays, What I Came to Tell You (Egmont USA), Cassandra King, Moonrise (Maiden Lane Press), Rebecca Lee, Bobcat and Other Stories (Algonquin Books), Jamie Mason, Three Graves Full (Gallery Books), and John Milliken Thompson, Love and Lament

(Other Press).  


Park Road Books was onsite to sell selected author books, which allowed attendees to get personalized inscriptions. This year, 63 people purchased tickets for this lively (and loud) event!  


Report by Jessica Daitch


NRGM Coffee with Authors, Book Discussion Group & a Very Special Holiday Party

NRGM's Signature Event  


The usual beautiful weather ordered by Humanities Tennessee for the annual Southern Festival of Books was in evidence on Saturday, October 12, when WNBA-Nashville presented Coffee with Authors at the downtown Nashville Public Library in celebration of National Reading Group Month.

Coffee With Authors 1 2013
(L to R) John Milliken Vaughn, Margaret Wrinkle,
Cathie Pelletier, Jill McCorkle, Suzanne Rindell

Over 250 people, many from local book clubs and reading groups, enjoyed breakfast goodies and coffee followed by a lively discussion with authors Jill McCorkle, Life After Life; Cathie Pelletier The One-Way Bridge; Suzanne Rindell, The Other Typist; John Milliken Vaughn, Love and Lament; and

Nina Cardona
Photo courtesy of NPLN

Margaret Wrinkle, Wash.


The discussion was again ably led by Nina Cardona from Nashville Public Radio. One of the many highlights was the e-reader door prize donated by Kobo.  


Participants were treated to goody bags provided by Parnassus Books. In the bags were books saved for us by our friends at Ingram, author Gary Slaughter, and authors represented by Julie Schoerke Communications. Other goodies included pens from ProQuest, Trick or Treat boxes from UNICEF, and copies of Reading Group Choices.


Following the coffee, the authors were escorted to the signing area where excited fans awaited. After signing books, the authors enjoyed lunching with the National Reading Group Month Nashville committee at a local eatery.  

Lee Fairbend & Mary McCarthy preparing goody bags for the event

The committee this year was joined by Mary McCarthy who will take the reins from Lee Fairbend for next year's event. Other committee members were Bebe Brechner, WNBA-Nashville's president; Mary Grey James and Kathy Schultenover from Parnassus Books; Kathleen Dietz from Harper Collins; Serenity Gerbman from Humanities Tennessee (organizer of the Southern Festival, celebrating its 25th year); Stephanie Koehler from the Nashville Library Foundation; Wendy Kurland from Homework Hotline; Mike Sanders, community volunteer; Joanne Slaughter, community volunteer; and Julie Schoerke, JKS Communications.


Chapter members could be spotted at many of the festival's other attractions as well, lending our hosts a hand where needed and manning a booth to promote WNBA. Old friends stopped by our tent to renew their membership, and new friends dropped by to see what we were all about. We enjoyed robust sales of our literary-themed tee shirts and jewelry, the profits from which fund our annual scholarships to the Tennessee Young Writers' Workshop.


Our Book Discussion Group, an outreach in partnership with Nashville Public Library, will begin in November with a discussion of The Aviator's Wife. We have an interesting and varied lineup of books for the year ahead and feel sure we'll continue to attract our usual large crowds.


Next month's Holiday Party is another event we're all looking forward to, and it's also a fundraiser for Tennessee Young Writers' Workshop. Our guest speaker will be the Reverend Becca Stevens, Chaplain of St. Augustine's Episcopal Chapel at Vanderbilt University. She will be entertaining and enlightening us with tales from her latest (ninth!) book, Snake Oil: The Art of Healing and Truth-Telling.


Stevens is the founder of Magdalene, a residential program for women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction, and life on the streets. The women of Magdalene manufacture a line of natural body care products under the name Thistle Farms, and representatives will be there to sell their wonderful elixirs. It's the best of all worlds: a great opportunity to enjoy ourselves while we knock off a bit of holiday shopping and contribute to a worthy cause!

Member News 


The September 17 edition of PW Daily featured an article on Janis Ian's new picture book and CD set, The Tiny Mouse. Read the article here


Janis with a very young reader
at Parnassus Bookstore in Nashville

Report by Lee Fairbend & Susan Lentz 

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NYC2New York City


In Conversation with Ruth Ozeki, NRGM at the Strand, & Women Writing Women's Lives


Our September "In Conversation" event with Man Booker nominee, Ruth Ozeki and legendary editor and author Carole DeSanti was a wonderful evening. The long friendship and working relationship that these two women share set the tone for evening that inspired all who attended.
Women's National Book Association Writers Panel
NRGM at the Strand Bookstore 

On October 23rd, we celebrated National Reading Group Month with a return to NYC's famous Strand Bookstore with a panel of renowned authors, including Michele Forbes, Caroline Leavitt, Bernice McFadden , Roxana Robinson, John Searles, and moderator and WNBA-NYC member, Elizabeth Nunez . It was a great night spent learning everything from the authors' daily writing routines, their literary inspirations, and how they come up with the opening chapters of their books.


Our wonderful season of programs continued with an exciting panel on November 12. "How I Got the Story: Women Writing Women's Lives" which took place at Pace University. Panelists including authors Jean Fagin Yellin, Marnie Mueller, Nancy Rubin Stuart, and Diane Jacobs, discussed the challenges and methodology of writing biographies.
(L to R) Diane Jacobs, Nancy Rubin Stuart, Deirdre Bair, Jean Fagin Yellin, and Marnie Mueller 
For more information on any of these events, contact Rosalind Reisner at:


Our Holiday Party will be held December 5th. The annual chapter get-together is a great time to relax and enjoy good food and conversation. Meet up with friends and make new ones! Find out about all the interesting things chapter members are doing. We'll have some great giveaways, too! RSVP to


During all of our fall events, we are continuing to collect books for our community service project--a book drive for the Kids Research Center .


Member News

Tqwana Brown
has been appointed as WNBA-NYC's new blog manager, continuing her outstanding management of the blog.


Linda Epstein, associate agent at The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency, is very proud to announce forthcoming publication of client Joe Mcgee's Bees in the Trees (Abrams 2015) and Ruth Horowitz's Peanut Butter and Brains (Scholastic 2015).  


Jane Kinney-Denning, president of WNBA-NYC, was promoted to Executive Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach for the MS in Publishing program at Pace University. Click here to see her bio.


Maddy Lederman's debut novel, Edna in the Desert, is available at, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Electio Publishing.  


Joan Ramirez published a book entitled, Jamie is Autistic: Learning in a Special Way, a learning tool and a source of inspiration for parents, children and educators. For readings/booksignings contact Joan at:  


Linda Rosen's short story, "Through the Peephole" appears in the fall edition (Vol.1 Edition 3) of The Dying Goose.


Liberty Schauf and Bryden Spevak were appointed to the positions of Blog and Social Media Coeditors, where they have already made significant contributions. Read a bit about them here.


Harriet Shenkman, Poet-in-Residence at Boomer Cafe, has written a new poem for the website, entitled

Brooklyn Justice. In it, Harriet takes a nostalgic look back at life in Brooklyn. 


Jenna Vaccaro has been appointed as WNBA-NYC's new newsletter coeditor. Jenna brings her outstanding editorial and technical skills and creativity to the position.

Report by Tqwana Brown
& Jane Kinney-Denning 
Washington2Washington DC

Annual Brunch, NRGM at the National Press Club and a Special Museum Tour!

Our Annual Brunch, one of our chapter's most popular events, took place on September 29 at the lovely home of member Mary Levering. Members brought a dish to share or contributed $10 for the food.


This was followed shortly thereafter by our NRGM event with event partner Politics and Prose Bookstore/Coffeehouse at the National Press Club on October 1.    

 Leslie Maitland (Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed) moderated readings and discussions by authors Charles Belfoure, (The Paris Architect); Dara Horn, (A Guide for the Perplexed); Virginia Pye, (River of Dust).


On October 27, we enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Cafe Mozart, followed by a tour of the Audrey Niffenegger exhibit, "Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger" at the Museum of Women in the Arts across the street. Thanks to member Krystyna Wasserman for arranging this special tour!


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RealPresidents2The Real Presidents of WNBA
Annette Marie Haley

Annette Marie Haley (Detroit) Interviews Linda Gray, President of the WNBA-Seattle  


Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Linda Gray went east for college to Cornell University, then to Washington D.C. for graduate school. First Chicago, then New York City were her work destinations for positions in health policy and communications. Ten years later, when Linda's husband got an opportunity to work in London, they took off across the pond without a second thought. Well, actually, she had lots of thoughts about an entrepreneurial adventure in import-export of antique costume jewelry and had secured consignment contracts with stateside shops and began collecting inventory in England, when pregnancy "took over her life." The Gray's son was born in London, they moved back to the States not long after, and she began looking at the creative and volunteer worlds as her career path - fundraising led to becoming the dramaturge on a theatrical production in St. Louis to open a new theatre. When the family moved again (back to Chicago), Linda began writing in earnest - and she has made novel writing her avocation ever since. Someday, maybe she wants to take the 'a' off the beginning of that word! Moving to Seattle opened up whole new vistas, like the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and (ever favorite) The Women's National Book Association.


Linda Gray
Why did you originally join WNBA?

There was an open meeting that sounded interesting - Jen Marlowe, an author/civil rights activist came to talk about her book, An Hour of Sunlight, which is about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, written on the very personal level of one man's story. I was interested in being part of a group that reached out to authors like this and focused on a broad range of issues related to the community of the book.


What other positions in WNBA have you held, if any?  What did you enjoy in that job?

I became secretary of the WNBA Seattle chapter within months of joining. While I wasn't sure I was ready for that responsibility, the chapter needed people to do the jobs at hand, so it felt right. The secretary position is a great one for becoming familiar with the workings of a WNBA chapter. Writing meeting minutes is an excellent way to focus on the goals and objectives of a chapter and learn how they get accomplished. As secretary I was also our chapter's Bookwoman correspondent (which was truly so much fun!); I took a WordPress class, and with the help of Linda Lee in San Francisco, created and now operate the Seattle chapter website ( All of these have been good experiences that grounded me in how our chapter functions.  


Why did you take on this leadership role? What have you gained from it?

I wasn't meant to take on this role until next year! But our Vice President, Leslie Adams, found herself in an impossible situation to assume the role as planned, so we made a different plan. She and I will alternate the Presidency for the next four years (since we generally expect the President to hold the position for two years), with me this year, Leslie next year, and so on.


I'd be lying if I said I haven't sometimes felt like Sisyphus in this job. I've had to let myself make mistakes (lots of them) that I learn from as I go when the pressure's on for meetings or events, but others have been there for me with WNBA knowledge and experience, both locally and at the national level. Now, half way through the year, I'm loving being able to call up authors and presenters and invite them to put on a program for us or ask them if we can partner with them to showcase their charitable efforts. It's fantastic to work personally with key people at our independent bookstores, too, to nurture and develop a meaningful relationship that will help sustain both us and them. I love bookstores and the people who make them work!


What is your best life short story?  Get your storytelling hat on for this

When I was about seven, I got into a tangle with a cow that lived in a pasture across the street from us on the outskirts of Boise. My mother had told me, in no uncertain terms, not to cross the street or try to jump the little canal that fronted the fence around the cow's pasture, but, of course, I couldn't resist. I thought the cow was fascinating, with its four stomachs, and I wanted to feed it!


One summer day when my mom went to the grocery store and my older sister was in her room reading, I ran across the street and leapt the little canal to the pasture. I'd taken a big paper bag with me, and immediately filled it with grass from my side of the fence (the cow had eaten her side almost clean). I lifted a handful through a nice hole in the fence. That got the cow's attention! It came over and munched the grass I dropped. The cow was happy, I was happy, and so it went, until the bag was empty.


Ready to go home and savor my wonderful experience I turned, then realized that the strip of land I was standing on was only about a foot wide. It would be very, very hard to jump back over the canal without a running start, which I couldn't get on that skinny piece of ground. 


I thought I could make the jump, though, if I backed up against the fence and bent my knees to use my legs like springs. Problem was, when I bent to get maximum push-off, my behind pushed up against the wire fence, and the cow decided to grab on to the red and white shorts I was wearing that were sticking through to her side. I was suspended, my feet pressed against the canal bank, my arms in flight position over my head, and my body hanging out over the canal at an odd angle, as the cow held me by my shorts. She wouldn't let go, and I couldn't move. So I started yelling for help.


About the third yell (which I aimed at my sister's bedroom window), my sister finally appeared on our front porch, book in hand and disgusted look on her face. But as soon as she saw what was going on, she dropped the book and ran to my rescue. She skidded to a stop across the canal from me, held out a sturdy stick she'd found on the ground, and told me to grab on, which I did. Then she made a crazy face at the cow and whirled her free arm and howled at it. The cow was shocked enough that it let go of my shorts. Just as gravity began to release me into the waters of the canal, I pushed off and leapt, relying on my sister's strong arm to pull me to safety on the other side.


When our mother got home a little while later, there was no hiding the truth. We were in a heap on the floor, laughing and pale with relief. I was filthy and my shorts were torn. Mom sat us down on the itchy green divan in our living room and gave us a stern talking to. But when we saw that she was so shaken she was almost in tears, I promised never to leave the house by myself without permission again. And I didn't, at least for a while.


That night, I reached across from my bed to my sister's, and found her hand, limp in sleep, resting on the bed cover. I twined my fingers through hers and fell asleep, too.


What/who would you hate to be without? (and why-this can be a What plus a Who)

Our sweet kitties, Liskie and Raspberry (named by my son when he was three). They were 19 and 21 when they died, and I miss them every day.


You are happiest in what situation?  Details!

Planning, scheming, writing; figuring out how things work!


Hobbies or sports, free time pursuits? 

There's so much good stuff to do in Seattle! Want to go to an author event? Pick from several! Movies, dance, theater, music, restaurants (and lots of sports and outdoorsy things) are all easily accessible, too. It's a good idea to pick things you can do when it's raining, that's for sure. Because when the sun does come out, it's beautiful, and you have to be outside walking or running with friends.


Editorial note: Linda has a grace and elegance about her that belies the smart, creative woman inside. Who would have thought that sharing a presidency could work so well? Seattle is a young chapter, as WNBA chapters go, and it is the core of women involved who make a difference every day. Seattle is a hotbed of authors, artists and musicians, not to mention their advanced foodie society, and a perfect spot for WNBA to grow like crazy, thanks to the efforts of women like Linda.


Annette Marie Haley is the immediate past president of WNBA Detroit, and WNBA's national secretary.  Annette Marie is a retired librarian who serves on foundation boards, library boards, and in many fundraising capacities in her community in Michigan. You may contact her at: 
LindaLeeAnchoring Your Presence Online
Linda Lee
By Linda Lee


Most of us have a website or are part of an organization, like WNBA, where we help run the website. I run boot camps and trainings that teach people the basics of running a website.  


I have created an outline for quick reference. I hope you find it useful. Google has made changes in the last year that supports these basics more than ever. You do not need to do fancy tricks or hire an SEO (search engine optimization) expert to get good results for your website.


When you are working on your own website or helping with another website, the key is to keep in mind how you find things online and conduct your own searches. If you think like that, it will help you create better titles and articles with the words and phrases that will help people find your website.


Five Easy Tips 

1. Stick to Your Keywords

Pick a few keywords or phrases that describe your site. Use them, and words related to them, whenever it's natural to do so. Repeating them uselessly is no good; use them in sentences, headlines, and links.


2. Content is King
If your site doesn't have content people want, no one will look at it. Each page should lead with a relevant keyword, and the first paragraph of text should be a summary of the rest of the page. Users don't search for design, they search for content.


3. The All-Important Home Page

Your home page is the key to your site being found by search engines. It should summarize the rest of the site, and give a clear, compelling reason for a user to look at the other pages in the site.


4. Links Have Meaning

Search engines pay a lot of attention to the links on your site, and the words used in those links.  The link text should describe where the link will take the user, such as "learn how we can improve your SEO." The more relevant the links on a page, the more findable the page becomes. Don't go overboard, and don't link to anything irrelevant, and never use "click here" or "see more" for a link.


5. Choose Good Titles

Your titles are being read by the search engines. Use good keywords and think about what you are trying to do. Every page in your site should have a title with the site name and a short description of the page. Include a keyword. Remember that the page title is what appears in search results, it should give users a clear reason to click on it. 


Linda Lee is past president and webmaster of the SF chapter. www.askmepc-webdesign 

UN2UN Corner
The Women's National Book Association is a NGO associated with the
United Nations Department of Public Information

Reviewed and edited by Jill A. Tardiff (NYC)
Jill Tardiff
Jill A. Tardiff
WNBA NGO Main Representative at the United Nations (UN) 
Department of Public Information (DPI)
Nancy Stewart
Nancy Stewart 

Know Your United Nations Departments and Agencies

United Nations Publications 

By Nancy Stewart (Nashville) 

WNBA NGO Representative (Alternate) at the UN DPI


To many, the face of the United Nations is UNICEF or dignitaries giving speeches at the UN General Assembly, or peace-keeping forces in the world's troubled areas. Equally important, if a bit less visible is the vast number of bulletins, books, and reports that comprise the United Nations Publications. Reports on the UN world hotspots as well as ongoing projects are available here. More than 5,000 titles detail its history, charters, and initiatives produced by the organization and its key agencies.


Autumn Winter Catalogue 2013-2014

Featuring over 100 new and noteworthy titles and a complete subject listing of recent releases.


Among the more notable entries:

Basic Facts about the United Nations 2014 (Publisher: United Nations, Department of Public Information)

This comprehensive handbook explains the structure of the UN and documents the organization's contribution to international peace and security, economic development, and human rights.


The Millennium Development Goals Report for 2013
(Publisher: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs)

What progress is being made on these most important goals, developed in 2000 and meant to be achieved by 2015? Such important matters as reducing child and maternal mortality, eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and promoting gender equality and empowering women are detailed here.


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Publisher: United Nations, Department of Public Information)

This declaration, proclaimed in 1948, is the first international agreement setting out freedoms, rights, and entitlements for all humanity to claim. Every aspect of United National involvement in the world is documented here; and reading through the list of titles, one realizes the vast scope of the work of this organization and the critical contributions the UN has made to the peace, security, and well-being of people all over the world.


More at United Nations Publications:

Online Products: Databases and Resources; Apps and eBooks; UN Bookshop.


Resources for Librarians; Educators; Agents; Rights and Permissions.


Like on Facebook; follow on Twitter: @unpublications.




Jenna Vaccaro
Jenna Vaccaro
UN Women--United Nations Entity for Gender Equality
and the Empowerment of Women

By Jenna Vaccaro (NYC) 

WNBA NGO Representative (Youth) at the UN DPI  


UN Women was created by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010 in order to address the need for women's empowerment and gender equality. It is a part of the United Nations Development Group. Its role is to support inter-governmental bodies like the Commission on the Status of Women in policy-making and goal setting. UN Women helps hold counties accountable for the commitments they make to help women achieve gender parity.


Some key targets for UN Women include: enhancing women's leadership and political participation, empowering women economically, ending violence against women, and HIV and AIDS relief. From Africa to the Americas, every culture has its own gender issues to address, and it is UN Women's job to make sure progress is being achieved through governmental policies and NGO efforts.


Recently UN Women put out a new ad campaign that highlights pervasive stereotypes against women. The campaign depicts a genuine Google search bar, auto-filling in with negative, harmful statements about women. Try it for yourself: in Google, type in the phrase "Women should" and see what pops up automatically as suggested search topics. When I type in "women should," the options for 'stay in the kitchen,' 'be seen and not heard,' and 'not be in combat' automatically appear. These items pop up because they are what other people most search for, and Google predicts what you want to search for based on the amalgamation of all past trends. This campaign raises awareness of the status of women today and shines light on the unfortunate ways women are degraded on the Internet and in real life. These negative attitudes can prohibit women from reaching equality.


To learn more about how UN Women functions within the framework of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), read their report: Gender Justice.


From UN Women:

"Social, political, and economic equality for women is integral to the achievement of all Millennium Development Goals. Hence, gender justice entails ending the inequalities between women and men that are produced and reproduced in the family, the community, the market, and the state. It also requires that mainstream institutions--from justice to economic policy-making--are accountable for tackling the injustice and discrimination that keep too many women poor and excluded. Gender Justice shows how addressing inequalities, including gender inequality, will be essential to achieving the MDGs."


UN Women is headed by Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (South Africa), who recently replaced Michelle Bachelet (former president of Chile.) Phumzile is supported by her deputy executive directors, Lakshmi Puri and John Hendra. Policy guidance also comes from the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and the Executive Board.


The UN-Women Executive Board is made up of representatives from 41 Member States elected to three-year terms by the UN Economic and Social Council, with the following regional allocation and number of members: Africa (10),  Asia and the Pacific (10), Eastern Europe (4), Latin America and the Caribbean (6) and Western Europe and other states (5) and contributing countries (6). Members in 2014:


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Marilyn Berkman
Marilyn Berkman 

Meetings and Briefings at the United Nations

68th Session of the UN General Assembly 

By Marilyn Berkman (NYC) 

WNBA NGO Representative (Alternate) at the UN DPI 


General information:

"The General Assembly is the main deliberative, policy-making, and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprising all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter."



At the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, the focus of the two-week-long General Debate (September 24-October 4) was on accelerating achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), setting the stage for a post-2015 agenda, while promoting sustainable development and the outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference.


On September 23, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted a high-level forum, with UN, World Bank, and civil society leaders, on accelerating progress toward the MDGs and advancing the UN development agenda beyond 2015, as a lead-in to the deliberations of the General Assembly on September 24 and 25.


A meeting of 25 Member States resulted in a document on priority measures and renewed commitment toward achieving the MDGs and a post-2015 agenda. A Summit will be held in September 2015 to adopt a new set of Goals to balance the three elements of sustainable development: providing economic transformation and the opportunity to lift people out of poverty, advancing social justice, and protecting the environment.  


The UN Development Group through its MDG Taskforce has facilitated national dialogues in 88 countries. It convened 11 multi-stakeholder global thematic consultations from August 2012--August 2013. On September 10, 2013 the UNDG released its report "A Million Voices: The World We Want" on the findings of public consultations and surveys that engaged more than 1.3 million people in all 193 UN Member States.


The current eight MDGs (on poverty, primary education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, diseases, environmental sustainability, and global partnerships) were designed to guide development priorities for the international community from 2000 to 2015. But outcomes so far have fallen short. The 2013 annual MDGs report, Session of the UN General Assembly, the focus of the two-week-long which measures progress and remaining challenges, noted significant strides but uneven progress, particularly for women and girls. It acknowledged gender-based inequalities in decision-making continue to deny women a say in decisions affecting their lives. Gender equality is third in the current MDGs, and gender issues inform many of the others.


In a September interview with Thomas Reuters Foundation, Rebeca Grynspan, UN Undersecretary-General and Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme, said, "All studies...demonstrate that if you tackle gender equality, you empower women, then you will be much more effective in fighting hunger and poverty." Women currently account for about 70% of the world's extremely poor. Educating women improves the health and overall conditions for the entire family, according to World Bank and UN studies. But while parity has been achieved in primary education, boys outnumber girls at the secondary and tertiary levels.


The shortfall in meeting targets has stirred debate over the usefulness of setting new MDGs, but Grynspan defended their value in shaping discussions and focusing investment. Emphasizing gender equality as the primary goal that should be adopted in 2015, she pointed to a country like Afghanistan, where educating girls (60% now in school compared to zero in some areas previously) is vital to overcoming cultural, economic, and governance challenges, including violence toward women and girls.


Following a two-day General Assembly plenary meeting on financing the MDGs and post-2015 development, on October 9 the General Assembly resolved to target the most off-track MDGs in the remaining time, particularly those related to poverty and hunger, universal access to primary education, child mortality, universal access to reproductive health, environmental sustainability, and access to water and sanitation.


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Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organizations

Working Together. Making a Difference.

Town Hall Meeting, Tuesday, November 5, 2013

By Marilyn Berkman 


After a hiatus of two years, the United Nations Department of Information and the NGO/DPI Executive Committee have begun the process to organize the 65th NGO Conference. Representatives of NGOs were invited to a Town Hall Meeting on November 4, 2013, to discuss plans for the conference, which will take place at UN Headquarters in New York in 2014, most likely in August.


Not held since 2011, the upcoming Conference in 2014 will also be the first to be held in New York since 2007. In the intervening years-2008, Paris; 2009, Mexico City; 2010, Melbourne; 2011, Bonn-it took place outside the United States, but the lack of a willing host country for 2012 or 2013 led to the decision to return to New York.


The Town Hall Meeting was attended by DPI staff, members of the NGO/DPI Executive Committee and representatives of various Non-Governmental Organizations, including some who had actively participated on committees involved in the planning and organization of past Conferences.


Anne-Marie Carlson, NGO/DPI Executive Committee Chair, introduced Maher Nasser, Director of Outreach for DPI. Mr. Nasser related the interest of DPI that the Conference resume, as it is important to the UN to learn the concerns of civil society and for representatives from civil society (NGOs) to meet and learn from each other best practices in addressing issues and reaching goals. He explained that August was the most likely month as it falls in between sessions of the General Assembly when halls and small conference rooms for the popular workshops and other "break-outs" would be available. Conference attendees would have access to the resources of the DPI. As to access to or participation of UN Member States, he said that though some Member States UN DPI/might participate, the role of NGOs was to seek to work with the governments of their respective country or countries (for global NGOs).


Both Mr. Nasser and Ms. Carlson emphasized how 2014 will be a good year for civil society to make substantive contributions to setting the post-2015 agenda of the UN. 2015 is the year after which the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are to be replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There has been mixed success in attaining the MDGs globally, a topic of much discussion during the current (68th) session of the General Assembly. Although the SDGs will already have been published by August 2014, input from NGOs will still be important toward implementation. Toward that, an overall theme for the 2014 Conference was suggested: Leave No One Behind: A Life of Dignity for All.


NGO representatives weighed in on the theme, proposed dates and other matters related to the Conference. Preferences ran toward a three-day over a two-day event to allow for networking at a reception and in workshops. It was asked if it were possible for the Conference to concur with International Youth Day (August 12). Regardless, there were calls from NGOs, DPI, and the Executive Committee to include youth in the largest possible way, with youth reps and young journalists present, webcasts, and Skype. Many who spoke echoed recent GA discussions on how the MDGs are interrelated and felt the Conference theme should focus on the Goals not yet achieved, and the very young and elderly who are most affected. The roles of science, technology, education, and medicine were also suggested as important. Index cards were distributed for written suggestions.


Elisabeth Shumer, Future Conferences Subcommittee Chair, delineated the dedication required to chair the many subcommittees necessary to plan and run the Conference, among them: Program Planning, Outcome Document Drafting, Reception Event, Fundraising and Budget, Intergenerational, Media Coordination, Resource Center Hospitality Kit, Registration, NGO Workshops, Travel, and Accommodations.


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We welcome Dena Mekawi, WNBA's newly appointed NGO Representative (Youth) at the United Nations Department of Public Information. Dena is currently working towards her Masters in Publishing at Pace University, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. A life-long New Yorker (Brooklyn), she is very proud of her family's Egyptian heritage and her Arab American community. Her goal is "to help women have a voice in their community ... and help bridge the gap between cultures." Dena will hold her position through 2014.


And an overwhelming thank-you to our out-going NGO Representative (Youth) at the UN DPI, Jenna Vaccaro--trailblazer extraordinaire.




News About the United Nations


From UN News Centre 

You will find there Top Stories, News by Topic, UN Photos, UN Radio, UN Televison, UN Webcast as well as published statements made by the Secretary-General, highlights and transcripts from the Spokesperson's Office, Tools and Services, and Social Media.


Watch the Youth-led Briefing, Thursday, November 7, 2013 

Theme: Educating and Employing Youth: The Influence of Public-Private Partnerships in a Technological Era; organized by the NGO Relations Section, Outreach Division, Department of Public Information (DPI).


From The New York Times:

U.S. Loses Voting Rights at UNESCO by Alissa J. Rubin, November 8, 2013 


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The Women's National Book Association is a NGO associated with the United Nations
Department of
Public Information 
Jill A. Tardiff, NGO Representative at the United Nations Department of Public Information (NYC)
Marilyn Berkman, Alternate (NYC)
Nancy Stewart, Alternate (Nashville)
Jenna Vaccaro, Youth Rep (NYC)
Dena Mekawi, Youth Rep (NYC)  
Editors2From the Editors

(Viking Adult, Hardcover, October 29, 2013)

In honor of the season, we are delighted to offer you a chance to win Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS, the newly published memoir by PBS's Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of Downton Abbey, Sherlock Holmes, not to mention Marple, Poirot, Inspector Lewis, Inspector Morse, Wallander, Cranford, Prime Suspect, The Forsyte Saga, Little Dorrit, Bleak House. That's just the tip of the iceberg; a full list of Ms. Eatons's credits is available here.

First five members to email win a copy of the book!

Thank-you to Gay Mohrbacher, Outreach Project Director, WGBH Educational Foundation, and Marketing Coordinator Winnie De Moya, of Viking, Penguin, Random House for their generous gift of five advance copies for this giveaway!

We'll be reviewing Ms. Eaton's book in the next issue of The Bookwoman.


Thank-you to all of our 2013 contributors! Your work will take its place beside that of the many distinguished writers who have written for the national newsletter, stretching back to our very first issue in 1956. It will be archived for future Bookwomen to read and enjoy!
A gold star for Boston's Daphne Kalotay for always being on time with Boston's news and for her adherence to our submission guidelines! We appreciate your efforts, Daphne!

y Holidays to everyone!

We'll see you back here in March! 

Gloria Toler (Nashville) & Rhona Whitty (NYC)

Bookwoman Coeditors


Annette Marie Haley (Detroit) 

Bookwoman Copy Editor  


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