Member News from the WNBA-SF Chapter Members


Cathy Fiorello’s memoir, Standing at the Edge of the Pool: Life, Love, Loss and Never Learning to Swim, is told against a framework of historic events. A coming-of-age story for all ages, it tells how Cathy is “staying relevant at the far end of life, defying the constraints of ageism.”

Cathy writes: “I relocated from New York to San Francisco 12 years ago, at the age of 75. Living in this vibrant city has given me a future when I thought my life was all about the past.”

My Patients Like Treats:  Tales from a House-Call Veterinarian, by Duncan MacVean, was recently published by Skyhorse Publishing.



Humaira Ghilzai has acted as the Afghan Cultural Consultant on the theatre production of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS (based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini). Her article “Collateral Damage, Women and Girls of Afghanistan” was published in the Seattle Repertory Encore Magazine. Humaira has also been commissioned to create content for the Seattle Repertory Lobby-Turgey, outlining the 100-year history of Afghanistan with an emphasis on Afghan women.

Joan Gelfand’s new book, You Can Be a Winning Writer: The 4 C’s of Successful Authors/ Craft, Commitment, Community and Confidence,  (Mango Press) has been on the Amazon #1 Hot New Releases this summer and was launched this Fall.


Kate Farrell just published a YA novella, Strange Beauty, with Smashwords in its Premium Catalog, for pre-release December 3, 2018. Kate’s long-term project is to publish short stories and novellas in the magical realism genre, subcategory of fabulism, as eBooks, podcasts, and audiobooks for young women.


Lisa Braver Moss’s Young Adult novel, Shrug, will be published by SheWrites Press in Fall, 2019.

Margie Yee Webb, Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings, was among those featured at “Celebrate Local Authors!” this Fall in Face In A Book bookstore in El Dorado Hills, California.

Martha Conway’s novel The Underground River (Touchstone Books) has now been released in paperback; the English paperback edition was published this Fall under the title The Floating Theatre. The Underground River was a New York Times Notable book, and has been published in seven languages.


Mary Mackey’s new collection of poetry has just been published by Marsh Hawk Press. Entitled The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams: New and Selected Poems 1974 to 2018, the collection has already into a second edition because the first edition sold out on the first day the book was released! In addition, it has also been nominated for several prizes … to be announced soon. 

Mary Jo McConahay’s new book, The Tango War, The Struggle for the Minds, Hearts and Riches of Latin America during World War II (St. Martin’s Press) debuts this Fall with several Bay Area events, where she would love to see WNBA members. The Tango War has received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly.


Megan Clancy’s debut novel, The Burden of a Daughter, was released November 1, 2018, by Sand Hill Review Press.



Nisha Zenoff’s book, The Unspeakable Loss: How Do You Live After a Child Dies, recently won the gold medal from Independent Publisher’s Living Now Book Awards in the grief category.

The Living Now Book Awards are designed to bring increased recognition to the year’s very best lifestyle books and their creators. For information on The Living Now Book Awards visit


Vicki DeArmon has taken on a new position as the Director of Programming for the Bay Area Book Festival. She is still running her events and marketing company All Things Book as well.


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