Fall 2014 Newsletter

Women's National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter Newsletter

                  San Francisco Chapter Newsletter                                                                                Fall Edition 2014

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Voices Behind the Veil:
The Afghan Women’s Writing Project

Lori Noack

Lori Noack

November 1st — Saturday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Temescal Branch Library 

Meeting Room, Oakland

Speaker: Lori Noack, Executive Director

Lori Noack will discuss how AWWP provides a platform for Afghan women to share the stories of their lives. From 10 writers in 2009 to more than 220 in 2014, over 1300 poems and journalistic essays are published on awwproject.org. Lori will share highlights of AWWP’s new projects.
To read more, click HERE.


WNBA Author Showcase: New Fall Books

Bookshop West Portal

Bookshop West Portal

Celebrating Member/Authors 
of San Francisco Chapter

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
7:00 — 9:00 pm

Bookshop West Portal,
80 West Portal Ave.
San Francisco 94127
Refreshments, Free and open to the public
Moderator: Joan Gelfand, WNBA Past President, author, The Long Blue Room. Joan will introduce five outstanding authors who write cutting edge fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and poetry.

 To read more, click HERE.

Dear WNBA-SF Chapter Members,

As we all confront the many issues facing us today, what better way to affect change in our global community than to support the Afghan Women’s Writing Project? It’s certainly the WNBA way—part of our mission to advocate for women in the world of words.

Our November 1st Mixer will feature Lori Noack, Executive Director AWWP, as our speaker at the Temescal Branch of the Oakland Public Library, Saturday 11/1, 2 – 4 pm. Come to learn about AAWP, to mix, mingle and enjoy yummy treats of the season. RSVP online for this unique opportunity.

Bookshop West Portal is hosting a WNBA Member/AuthorShowcase Tuesday, November 4th, 7 – 9 pm, moderated by Joan Gelfand—a stellar lineup of authors with newly released books that range from novels and nonfiction to memoir and poetry. Refreshments and other freebies, open to the public. Join us for a riveting evening of prose and poetry! Vote for literature and women’s voice.

The annual Book Drive to benefit the Living Room, Santa Rosa, a daytime drop-in center that provides a safe haven to ease the adversity of homelessness for mothers and children has begun! Please bring new or gently used books for children ages 0—5 years old to all our events.

Kate Farrell

Kate Farrell

Our Holiday Party for members only is set for December 9th, 6 – 8pm. 

Many thanks to those members who have renewed: deadline for annual renewal is October 31st.

Hope to see you soon,

Kate Farrell, Chapter President

Featured Member Interview

Julia Park Tracey

Julia Park Tracey

Julia Park Tracey

Julia Park Tracey is a busy author, active member of WNBA-SF Chapter, and was just honored as Poet Laureate for the town of Alameda. 

She is glad to part of a well-respected organization populated by strong, professional women. “I appreciate the women in this group for their mentoring, friendship and collective wisdom. WNBA is well known and commands respect. That always feels good when I talk about it.”

A question that we all may well ask is exactly how does one become a poet laureate? The poet, Mary Rudge, who served as Alameda’s Poet Laureate for ten years, passed away this year. Julia was simply encouraged to apply. “I was surprised to be selected. I am known for many other things besides poetry, but poetry is my first literary love. So I’m pretty chuffed about the title.”

To read more, click HERE.

Literacy Partnerships

book_driveBOOK DRIVE for AGES 0 – 5! Donate gently used or new children’s books for the Living RoomNow—through December!

We’re looking for classic children’s books: nursery rhymes, finger plays, folk and fairy tales, enduring stories, bilingual books in English and Spanish, and board books, all for early childhood, ages 0-5.

Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter sponsors a Book Drive to benefit the Living Room, Santa Rosa, a daytime drop-in center that provides a safe haven to ease the adversity of homelessness for women—part of the Living Room’s Mother and Child program.  SF Chapter has increased its visits to the Living Room from biweekly to weekly: every Monday at 10:00 am. 

To support this developing program, SF Chapter will donate 10% of its net income to purchasing books for the Living Room at deeply discounted prices. But we need your support to make this a real success! Bring donated books to each WNBA event. Thank you!


NRGM/Litquake October 11th, Author Panel: Sophie Littlefield, Alice LaPlante, Katie Crouch

Mysteries at Opera Plaza! 
The Thrill of Shared Reading

October 11, 2014, Saturday, 2:00 -4:00 pm
Books, Inc., Opera Plaza 601 Van Ness Ave., SF 94107

One of the best ever bookstore parties! Such a terrific turnout to hear a brilliant discussion among our author panelists moderated by Tracy Guzeman. Thank you to Books, Inc., to Litquake, to our fabulous volunteer team, and our NRGM sponsors. Most of all, thanks to those readers and writers who love books enough to share them at a party.

Co-sponsored by San Francisco Chapter & LITQUAKE
To read more, click HERE.

 WNBA Third Annual Writing Contest

2014_Writing_Contest_01_WebBegins: 8/14/2014, Ends: 1/15/2015

Flyer Click here for download.

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. 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. Open to all writers 18 or older writing in English. Read previous winners on our website.

2014 Entry Fee: WNBA Members$15 per entry
Non-Members$20 per entry

All submissions and payments are through Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, please inform the contest judge if work is accepted elsewhere. Previously published work accepted. If work is accepted elsewhere please contact the Contest Chairjoan@joangelfand.com.  To read more, click HERE.

BOOKTALK! The Buzz in the World of BooksStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Starting a book is like starting a love affair, so it most definitely matters what book it is. I picked up Station Eleven before it became listed on the National Book Awards long list and immediately, and irrevocably, fell in love. The other twenty novels stacked on my bed stand faded away as I tumbled into Station Eleven and could not extricate myself.

Dystopian novels are now a vast genre and the outlandish made grittily real is often 

how we judge them—the more horror in a sense, the better.

Station Eleven sidesteps this mandate, delivering a story that is uplifting as it travels through multiple characters’ lives before and after the collapse of civilization as we know it. We recognize our world when a flu virus wipes out the majority of the population which in turn collapses the systems we rely on: access to transportation, electricity, the internet, and electronics of all sorts. This collapse bleeds out into a likely dystopian future where the surviving one percent of the population, after roving for years, finally settles. In Mandel’s words, “civilization in Year Twenty was an archipelago of small towns.”  


To read more, click HERE.

Volunteering WNBA-SF Chapter

WNBA — SF Chapter PROGRAM 2014-15

Sign up HERE to secure your volunteer spot. Become a part of these events that support and celebrate: “Women in the World of Words”

  • December 9th: Holiday Party (a perk for members only) at the home of agents Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada, early members of SF Chapter, Book Donations for homeless children.
  • January: Meeting/Mixer, Saturday, Jan 10th, 2 – 4 pm 
  • February: San Francisco Writers Conference sponsor/exhibitor, Mark Hopkins, Feb 12-15, 2015
  • March: Pitch-O-Rama: Meet the Agents & Editors Women’s Bldg. Saturday, March 28th, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm.
  • April: Northern California Book Awards, sponsor, TBD
  • May: Meeting/Mixer, Speaker, Bettina Aptheker, author, feminist, Rockridge Library, Sat, May 2nd 2 – 4 pm
  • May/June: Effie Lee Morris Lecture, Sponsor, TBD 

PROGRAM—Ongoing Projects

  • Literacy Partner: Living Room for homeless mothers and children, weekly visits, Book Drive, discount purchases, member donations. 
WNBA SF Chapter Board Contact Info Join-Now_btr6my6_0

WNBA 2014-2015 BOARD

President: Kate Farrell

Vice Presidents: Open

Treasurer: Sherry Nadworny

Secretary: Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Membership Chair: Jane Glendinning

Blog Managing Editor: Open

Featured Member Interview Editor: Catharine Bramkamp

Social Media Manager: Frances Caballo

Past President & Webmaster: Linda Lee

Annual Membership 2014-2015

Annual Renewal deadline:
October 31, 2014

Please join or renew now!

Your membership dues pay for our FREE public events, for MEMBERS’ ONLY Mixers, for our Literacy Initiatives, SFWC and SFPL sponsorships.

 The WNBA National Directory is now being upgraded and will soon launch! We hope to see your name and expertise listed there.