A recent query of members’ summer plans led to a variety of answers. While some use the season to read as many books as possible, we found many members are out in the community promoting their work, teaching classes, and winning awards.
Some exciting recent member news worth highlighting:
Our esteemed member, Mary Mackey, won the 2019 Eric Hoffer Award for the Best Book Published by a Small Press for her collection of poetry The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams: New and Selected Poems 1974 to 2018 (Marsh Hawk Press). The Hoffer Award highlights salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers.
Another accolade went to Phawnda Moore. The Next Generation INDIE judges selected Moore’s book “Lettering From A to Z” as the best entry in Gift/Specialty/Novelty, one of 70 categories.
The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, will be debuting a dinner and tour based on Patricia V. Davis’ magical realism trilogy The Secret Spice Cafe. For more information about the event visit www.queenmary.com
Kathleen Archambeau had her Open Forum essay published in the SF Chronicle.
In Paris, Renate Stendhal’s, Kiss Me Again, Paris, was reviewed by notorious cultural and culinary maker and shaker, Terrance Gelenter. He gave her book a charming and original welcome in his ex-patriate magazine, The Paris Insider.
Fran Quittel, the author of The Central Park Lost Mitten Party, spent part of her summer attending camps teaching children to create puppets and stories. The focus, like her book, was around something they found.
With members achieving so much, don’t forget to support your fellow WNBA-SF peers and purchase one of their books. Connect with the author via social media and review their work.
The 2019 Effie Lee Morris Lecture Series was published. Morris was the first African-American president of the Public Library Association and co-founder of the SF chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.
We have The Bay Area Writer’s Contest. We will be accepting submissions through October 31 for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.
While this time of year can be a period of reading, reflection, and promoting your work, it is also a great time to plan for the fall. What events will you be attending? What writing goals do you have? Will you be starting a new manuscript?
As you begin to plan for a strong finish to the year, keep in mind the WNBA-SF can help you to achieve your goals.
Enjoy the long days and warm temperatures!