Summer Newsletter 2015


Women's National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter Newsletter

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Second Act storefrontInside Perspective:
Life as An Afghan Woman
September 13th, Sunday
1:00 – 3:00 pm

Second Act Marketplace and Events
1727 Haight St., SF 94117
FREE and Open to the Public

Lori Noack

Lori Noack will discuss how the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP) provides a platform for Afghan women to share the stories of their lives. From 10 writers in 2009 to nearly 300 in 2015, over 1900 poems and journalistic essays are published on Lori will share highlights of AWWP’s new projects, including an oral history initiative with illiterate women, a monthly radio series in Afghanistan, and online writing workshops in Dari.  

Lori and audience members will read chosen selections from the newly released AWWP anthology, Washing the Dust from our Hearts, a bi-lingual collection that covers such themes as marriage and family, love and forgiveness, education, and human rights. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Humaira Ghilzai Humaira Ghilzai will present a revealing slide show, “Afghanistan’s History, Through Afghan Women’s Eyes” an overview of Afghanistan’s recent history and how it has affected Afghan women’s lives. Humaira will also talk about her findings during her recent trip to Afghanistan and the state of Afghan women. Hand made, colorful beaded scarves, shirts and Afghan dresses lovingly made by women in AFN’s literacy classes will be available for purchase. Co-founder of Afghan Friend’s Network, Humaira will share her first hand experiences. Read her Member Interview below. 

To read more, click HERE!


Women's National Book Association San Francisco ChapterDear WNBA-SF Chapter Members,

Have we got a program year for you! 

The mission of WNBA is to promote literacy and women’s role in the world of the book. Every event and sponsorship we have planned advances that mission. Our board and our chairs have been working over the summer to prepare these wonderful events. 

We will again be exhibitors at the San Francisco Writing for Change Conference, September 12th, to begin our year. We encourage you to attend.

Join us the next day, Sunday, September 13th, to learn how you can participate in the global community of Afghan women writers at the Second Act on Haight Street. 

Enjoy the fabulous pair of October author panels we have lined up with Litquake, Books, Inc., Opera Plaza, and Bookshop West Portal, and celebrate women novelists, travel and food writers, who will take us on their fascinating journeys. There will be wine and delicious treats, along with free paperbacks, giveaway raffles, and other swag. Encourage your writing and reading friends to celebrate the joy of shared reading and our discussions!

Take a peek at the winter events coming soon to start your new year– we will share the expertise and access that only WNBA can provide.

Kate Farrell

Kate Farrelly

Above all, don’t forget to renew your membership. We hope to see you at many of our events!
Kate Farrell, President
and the WNBA-SF Board of Directors

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An Atmospheric Afternoon: webBooks-Inc_-in-Opera-PlazFive authors of must-read novels!
October 10th, Saturday 
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Books, Inc., Opera Plaza 
601 Van Ness Ave., SF 94107 
FREE and Open to the Public

Come meet our authors as they discuss their captivating novels over wine and snacks catered by Max’s Opera Cafe. Giveaway raffle of all books presented. Free paperback and resources for Book Clubs, along with Great Group Reads featured titles. Moderated by Julia Park Tracey.

LitquakebadgeAmazing Author Panel Co-Sponsored by Litquake!

Carolina De Robertis, THE GODS OF TANGO





 To read more, click HERE.

October Readings ’Round the Bay

bookshop_westportalAdventuring Women: 
Books to Explore and Share
National Reading Group Month Event
October 29th, Thursday 
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Bookshop West Portal
80 West Portal Ave, San Francisco
FREE and Open to the Public

Refreshments, wine, French amuse-bouche.* Giveaway raffle of all four books, a bonus paperback and resources for Book Clubs, the Great Group Reads list and much more! Moderated by Elise Frances Miller.

Featuring Women’s National Book Association
San Francisco Chapter Member / Author Panel

Lisa Alpine, award winning travel book, WILD LIFE: TRAVEL ADVENTURES OF A WORLDLY WOMAN.

Carole Bumpus, historical novel, A CUP OF REDEMPTION and new companion, RECEIPES FOR REDEMPTION.

Martha Conway, award winning historical novel, THE THIEVING FOREST.

To read more, click HERE.

Featured Member Interview

BOOKTALK! The Buzz in the World of Books


Humaira Ghilzai

Written by Catharine Bramkamp

Humaira GhilzaiHumaira Ghilzai is a Social Entrepreneur, writer and gender equality advocate. She is the co-founder of Afghan Friends Network (AFN) and the Hayward-Ghazni Sister City relationship, where she has spearheaded critical programs to improve education for women, girls and boys, particularly in the province of Ghazni, Afghanistan. She also lectures about Afghanistan, its people and women’s issues.

“Our media rarely reports success stories in Afghanistan. I feel it’s my job to let people know that Afghanistan is not a lost cause. I love sharing stories of the small successes that make a big difference in individual lives and cause a ripple effect in their community.

“I was in Kabul in the spring to attend to some business for Afghan Friends Network, the non-profit I co-founded 12 years ago. Meeting with our University Scholarship Program students was the highlight of my trip.” 

The Fire Inside: When Writers Must Write

Rita M. Gardner

Written by Rita M. Gardner

A friend recently told me she’d been thinking about writing, one of the things that brings her true joy. But, she said, she was absolutely fearful of anyone reading or commenting on her output. She wrote: “I think of you because you are so courageous as to allow anyone in this world – people you don’t even know – to read the words you have dared to put on paper.”

I just want to say—to her—and to anyone who has fears about writing down their inner thoughts, that sometimes it’s not really a courageous act at all; it’s a necessary act. And we all find some time in life when we must do something—and we do it. What that thing is could be anything at all. It isn’t something that fits with our “life plan” and yet we do it. People call us courageous, but we don’t see it that way.

Often, however, I think inspiration comes from a fire that burns within—and a moment arrives…

To read more, click HERE. 



WNBA SF Chapter Board Contact Info Join-Now_btr6my6_0

WNBA 2015-2016 BOARD

President: Kate Farrell
Vice President: Vicki DeArmon, Chair, Pitch-O-Rama 2016
Vice President: Sherry Nadworny, Chair, National Reading Group Month 2015
Treasurer: OPEN
Secretary: Julaina Kleist-Corwin
Membership Chair: MacKenzie Davis
Past President: Linda Lee
Member at Large: Mary Knippel, Chair, Nat’l Board Meeting
Member at Large: Catharine BramkampFeatured Member Interview Editor
Member at Large: Glenda Carroll
Member at Large: Martha Conway, Bookwoman Correspondent
Member at Large: KJ Landis, Chair,
Meet the WNBA Expert
Member at Large: Julia Park Tracey, 
Social Media Manager, Co-Chair Pitch-O-Rama 2016
Member at Large: Cathy Turney
Member at Large: Joan Gelfand, Nat’l WNBA Chair, Chapter Development

Web Editor: Simona Carini
Webmaster: Linda Lee, askmepc-webdesign

Membership 2015-2016
Annual Membership is now open.
Welcome new and renewing members!

Time to RENEW!

Your membership dues pay for our FREE public events, for MEMBERS’ ONLY Events, 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.

Consider donating to WNBA National to support its awards program and its upcoming 100th Anniversary in 2017, through this  PayPal link or by mailing a check to the address below:

Women’s National Book Association

PO Box 237, FDR Station

New York, NY 1015