Happy Holidays from WNBA-SF!

Spirited Women, #SonomaStrong and Strong Spirits

WNBA-SF members gathered Sunday evening, December 10th, for a holiday gathering at the South of Market woman-owned bar, Wine Down SF. Glasses clinked and members clicked as they found like-minded interests among authors, agents, journalists, publishers, memoirists, novelists and more. All felt the excitement of being in a room with women with whom they shared so much in common.

Party goers enjoyed a holiday book exchange of favorite books; some of the titles we saw in the giveaway were: Pearl S Buck’s The Promise, Chakra Tonics by Elise Collins, Berkeley author Shanthi Sekaran’s Lucky Boy, and Still I Rise by Marlene Wagman Geller, The Book of Awesome Women by Becca Anderson, Song of the Plains by Linda Joy Myers, and Spells and Oregano by Patricia V. Davis.

The end of the evening featured a toast to the chapter’s accomplishments by current WNBA-SF president, Brenda Knight and Past President Kate Farrell with a round robin of the members sharing the past year’s accomplishments, as well as writing goals and intentions for 2018. Stay tuned for our Spring mixer, especially if you missed this one. We would love to see you there and hear all YOUR latest news.

Members in attendance: Megan Clancy, Elise Marie Collins, Kate Farrell, Joan Gelfand, President Brenda Knight, Jing Li, Ann Steiner, Sue Wilhite, Kathleen Woods, Humaira Ghilzai, Martha Conway. And welcome to nonmember mixers, Natazha Bernie and Michelle Zaffino. Mary Jo McConahay signed up for a renewed membership on the spot with roving membership maven Elise Marie Collins who is always at the ready.

Much merry was made and it was wonderful to hear members share their news of book deals, recent and upcoming publication dates. Mary Jo McConahay noted that her book deal with a major New York publishing house came from attending Pitch-O-Rama and connecting with ace agent, Andy Ross. A great reminder of the spirit of both the holidays and the Women’s National Book Association which is about sharing for the good of all.

Speaking of sharing, Bags of books were collected to be donated to #SonomaStrong for those affected by the North Bay Fires. WNBA-SF Chapter has now gathered over a dozen boxes filled to the brim with children’s books, memoirs, biography, personal growth, spirituality and fabulous fiction of every stripe for the Sonoma County Free Bookmobile.

A few more cases of books are arriving and, despite having no sleigh or reindeer, we’ll get the books up to the North Bay in time for Christmas. Ho ho ho!!


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