Buried Truths: Three New Novels


Zara Raab

Zara Raab

Reviews by Zara Raab

The Bones of Paris: A Novel of Suspense By Laurie R. King
New York: Random House, 2013

The Explanation for Everything by Lauren Grodstein
New York: Workman Publishing, 2013

Margot A Novel by Jillian Cantor
New York: Penguin, 2013

Note: To meet all three authors in a lively panel, join us for our National Reading Group Month event on October 19th, co-sponsored by Litquake.

cover artA student in Paris in the late 1960s, I traveled briefly with a group of French artists, who, styling themselves Avant garde, held a black Mass, surrounding a beautiful French woman with candles on an altar while chanting phrases my French wasn’t up to comprehending. As I now know, this was hardly Avant-garde; the Dadaists and Surrealists had been doing it with more flair in the 1920s. In that fecund decade of excess, Laurie King sets her new mystery—The Bones of Paris—among just the sorts who were likely to be interested in the darker side of the occult, when surrealists were playing games of exquisite corpse and Emmanuel Radnitzky (better known as Man Ray) was taking fashion photographs and creating surreal paintings.

King’s kingpin is a tall, gangly, good-looking detective named Harris Stuyvesant, an ex-patriot traveling around Europe on freelance assignment after quitting the FBI. He’s like a lot of other Americans in Paris in the 1920s, including Hemingway, who like Man Ray has a role in the drama. Stuyvesant drinks too much, dates too many Place Pagalle women, and sleeps with far too many. One of the latter is a wealthy American orphan, Philippa–Pip––Crosby, who, were she tamer and her wealthy American family less troubled, might be straight from a Henry James novel. But she’s gone missing, and her light-hearted letters to America have stopped coming. That’s when her uncle, a shadowy figure named Ernest Crosby, contacts Stuyvesant. That Stuyvesant’s slept with Philippa some months earlier complicates the plot, as does Stuyvesant’s new relationship with Pip’s roommate in their Paris flat where Picasso drawings adorn the wall—not because Pip’s family is rich (although it is) but because in the 1920s Picassos were affordable. Not to mention an old love from England who turns out to be engaged to ––well, I don’t want to give that away.

King’s draws an appealingly broad canvas, weaving multiple plots and interlocking characters. She’s deft at creating the historical context that helps us experience the story and brings people and places to life—whether World War I heroes and the respect verging on reverence accorded them in France, or the catacombs of Paris where the sewers ebb and swirl, and the bones of the dead undergo their centuries long diagenesis. King evokes the ominous significance of what has been suppressed––suppressed and buried––in the lives of murderer and victims alike, as in all three of the novels considered here, it is the unacknowledged, suppressed or unconscious material in the characters’ lives that––in being revealed––moves the story forward. In The Bones of Paris, it is up to the State, in the form of detective Stuyvesant allied with his colleague from the French police, to solve the case. But it is the artists and writers in the studios and cafes in Pigalle and Montmartre, the Dadists and Surrealists who create their works, the Hemingways who boxed and drank, to bring us the experience. One artist in particular finds expressive beauty in bleached bones. Whose bones you couldn’t possibly guess, and I won’t say.

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Grodstein_ExEv_hcjkt_0530.inddLauren Grodstein’s writing in The Explanation for Everything, deftly seamed with factual and scientific material, has the clarity and logic of good nonfiction, the simplicity of good journalism. A self-avowed agnostic, Grodstein uses the shining, state-of-art laboratory of the novel to reveal the chasm that separates human lives from theory, whether the theory is evolution, intelligent design, or evangelical Christian belief.  

Professor Andy Waite is her case in point. In theory, Professor Waite is impressive: He is a professor of biology at Exton Reed College in New Jersey with a degree from Princeton; a protégé of the famous evolutionary scientist Henry Rosenblum; director of an expensive laboratory designed to prove the genetic basis of alcoholism in mice; a good father devoted to his two motherless daughters; a rational man in control of his life. In fact, when we look a little deeper, we find that Andy Waite is human––and flawed. He often converses with the ghost of his dead wife; he has trouble admitting his lab results are inconclusive; he callously ignores the feelings of a helpful neighbor; he is easily tempted by the flirtations of a young transfer student eager to prove intelligent design; and he carries on a vindictive campaign against the young felon who killed his wife in a driving accident. With his exceptional C.V., his passivity and taste for revenge, Andy is the comic hero who must find his way, taking his life in hand and forging of it something moral and purposeful.

To the comedy of Andy’s life, his erstwhile Princeton mentor, the genius Henry Rosenblum, provides a tragic backstory. Andy had already settled in his own career in New Jersey some time ago, when Rosenblum acquired another student, a second-generation Korean right out of Harvard with a brilliant mind who exchanged two adoring and devoutly Christian parents for an exciting future in Western science. Here, too, The Explanation for Everything translates ideas using archetypes. Henry is the Faust who sells his soul for his work, and Anita Lim is his sacrificial lamb, a brilliant student who cannot find meaning in molecules, but is thwarted by Rosenblum when she finally makes contact with her deeper self, realizes the emptiness at her core, goes in search of meaning elsewhere. A simple plot, a small cast, a fascinating glimpse of what can result when the frontal cortex of a human gets ahead of organic development. Real-time evolution will trump evolutionary theory every time.

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Cover.Margot_CVFMargot and Anne Frank died of typhus in Bergen-Belsen before the war ended. But what if one of the girls had survived like their father, Otto Frank, who later found and published Anne’s diary? Anne Frank is alive and well as Amy Bellette, living in a rural New English cottage, according to Nathan Zuckerman, Philip Roth’s eponymous Ghostwriter of 1979. The concept of a Frank daughter surviving the Holocaust, while not entirely new, is given a new twist by Jillian Cantor’s Margot, making it a natural for reviews by both Time and O, the Oprah Magazine.

The context of any story about Anne Frank’s sister Margot is bound to be broad, but Cantor wisely keeps her canvas small, only brushing in with light strokes the outlines of Margot’s traumatic escape and the stages of her journey to Philadelphia. This is the City of Brotherly Love where she and Peter Pels, a teenage also hidden in the secret annex in Amsterdam, had––as Margot tenderly recalls––promised to meet after the War. In this fictional account, Peter was Margot’s beau, not Anne’s, never mind Anne’s diaries, and the jealousy that Anne’s interest in Peter sparked in Margot, along with Margot intense feelings of survival guilt, are sources of suffering for this young immigrant. Her situation is all the more poignant because the character Cantor has created in Margot cannot fully comprehend what she has undergone: her survival and integrity as a functioning person depends upon this comprehension not reaching full consciousness.

So we meet Margot in her thoroughly American guise, a single girl who misses her old boyfriend (Peter), but who is definitely interested in someone new (her young boss). A decade or so earlier, she swore a pact with Peter to take on new names—hers would be Margie Franklin—and embrace a new life after the War, even if it meant giving up their Jewish identities in an anti-Semitic world. So now, like other girls in the city, she’s a working girl, a Gentile typing briefs for Rosenstein, Greenberg and Moscowitz, Attorneys-at-Law, the private secretary of a named partner’s son, the young Joshua Rosenstein. But The Diary of Anne Frank has just come out in the movies, and she passes the marques with trepidation on her way to check the address of a house that may belong—after all these years—to Peter. On the city street, as in the office, she is careful to roll down the sleeves of her sweater, worn even on warm days to hide the Nazi identification number tattooed on the inside of her slender wrist.

She’s only half hoping to find Peter, for she’s falling in love with the good-looking, unattached Joshua Rosenstein even as she types his correspondence and observes his dalliance with a sparkling Jewish heiress from the suburbs. Margot-Margie is leading a double life, a life she may want to integrate and reveal when Joshua, who can no longer deny the attraction that has lurked below the surface for many months, finally admits to her over coffee that he could never marry a Gentile.


Zara Raab’s latest books are Fracas & Asylum and Rumpelstiltskin, or What’s in a Name? finalist for the Dana Award. Two earlier books, Swimming the Eel and The Book of Gretel, evoke the rainy darkness of the remote northern California coast where she was raised. Her poems, reviews, and essays appear in Poetry Flash, Evansville Review, River Styx, Crab Orchard Review, The Dark Horse, and Poet Lore. She is a contributing editor to the Redwood Coast Review and Poetry Flash and lives near the San Francisco Bay.


National Reading Group Month, October 19, 2013


Books, Inc. Opera Plaza

 Joie de Livre! 
Celebrating the Joy of Shared Reading


October 19, 2013, Saturday 
1:00 -3:00 pm
Books, Inc., Opera Plaza 
601 Van Ness Ave. 
San Francisco

Help us promote this event; download flyer: Joie de Livre-WNBA event

Contemporary Fiction: Mystery and Wonder

Come meet this year’s most talked-about authors as they discuss their new novels over French wine and hors d’oeuvres. Free and open to the public.
Giveaway raffle of ONE KOBO Mini eReader, copies of each author’s book!

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Co-sponsored by Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter, & Litquake

 Three newly released novels that transport us into the past and re-imagine it. Join us for a lively panel discussion with the authors, geared to a further enjoyment of their work. 

Jillian Cantor

Jillian Cantor

Jillian Cantor, MARGOT: A NOVEL 

In the spring of 1959, The Diary of Anne Frank has just come to the silver screen to great acclaim, and a young woman named Margie Franklin is working in Philadelphia as a secretary at a Jewish law firm. On the surface she lives a quiet life, but Margie has a secret: a life she once lived, a past and a religion she has denied, and a family and acountry she left behind.

 Cover.Margot_CVFMargie Franklin is really Margot Frank, older sister of Anne, who did not die in Bergen-Belsen as reported, but who instead escaped the Nazis for America. But now, as her sister becomes a global icon, Margie’s carefully constructed American life begins to fall apart. A new relationship threatens to overtake the young love that sustained herduring the war, and her past and present begin to collide. Margie is forced to come to terms with Margot, with the people she loved, and with a life swept up into the course of history.

Lauren Grodstein

Lauren Grodstein


At Exton Reed college, biologist Andy Waite is nearing the moment when his life might settle down a bit: tenure is in sight, his daughters are starting to grow up, and he’s slowly but surely healing from Grodstein_ExEv_hcjkt_0530.inddthe loss of his wife. His life is starting to make sense again. That is, until the entrance of a young student who wants him to direct her independent study. There is nothing inherently threatening about Melissa, a youngevangelist hoping to write the definitive paper on intelligent design. And yet she is the catalyst for the collapsing house of cards surrounding Andy as he gradually loses sight of his personal and professional boundaries as well as his moral grounding. As he workswith Melissa, Andy, the hardcore evolutionist, finds that everything about his world is starting to add up differently.

Suddenly, there is the possibility of faith, but with it also come responsibility and guilt-the very things that Andy has sidestepped for years. In a command performance, Lauren Grodstein creates a fiercely intelligent story about the difficulty of holding to a moral position. The Explanation for Everything explores the search for meaning that all humans crave, the risks and rewards of faith, and the salvation that love can offer.

Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King


Author of Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series takes us to vibrant and sensual 1920s Paris in a thrilling new mystery.

Summer, 1929. Global financial ruin may be on the horizon, but in Paris, decadence is synonymous with freedom. The American expat community of artists, musicians, and writers is joined by Harris Stuyvesant, private inquiry agent and former officer with the American Bureau of Investigation. Stuyvesant is investigating a missing American girl, whose disappearance may be one of many, and possibly linked to a series of murders. Featuring cameos by historical icons like Man Ray, Sylvia Beach, Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, and many more, King paints a portrait of a city at its most vibrant-and dangerous.

Amanda McTigue

Amanda McTigue

Going_to_Solace-303x436Moderated by Amanda McTigue, GOING TO SOLACE

It’s Thanksgiving week, 1989. We’re in Big Piney and Little Piney, two hollows near the town of Garnet in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A handful of mismatched folks – some country people, some far-flung, fancy people – discover they have one thing in common: someone they know is sick, real sick, dying sick. Their paths cross at a local hospice called Solace. Suddenly, they’re caregivers, bedside improvisers, doing all they can to beat back death or “hurry him on about his business.”

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WNBA 2013 Annual Planning Meeting


Vista Sonoma, Santa Rosa

Vista Sonoma, Santa Rosa

FREE & Open to All Members
August 17, Saturday, Noon – 3:00 pm
Vista Sonoma, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Each year all WNBA chapters hold a planning meeting open to all members to gather ideas for the upcoming program year, Fall 2013 — Spring 2014. Luncheon and light snacks will be provided.

We would love your input and feedback!

Even if you cannot attend this meeting, please send us your ideas in the form below. When you RSVP that you will attend the August 17th meeting, you’ll be given the exact address and directions.

Our agenda is open to include recommendations from members. However, the SF Chapter board will convene shortly after the Annual Planning Meeting to vote on what recommendations we are able to pursue in the coming program year.

Our line-up NOW includes these educational and charitable events already planned:

1. Nationally recognized authors at Books Inc., Opera Plaza for National Reading Group Month event co-presented with Litquake, October 19th

2. Member author readings at Bay Area bookshops with recently published books

3. Lively quarterly mixers throughout the Bay Area for informal networking
4. Featured Member monthly interviews on our website

5. San Francisco Writers Conference: Members volunteer and can assist with our co-presented community event
6. Pitch-O-Rama: Authors pitch their projects to editors, publishers and agents

7. Effie Lee Morris Lecture Series in collaboration with SFPL
8. Literacy partnership: Donates books to homeless families and provides picture book storytelling program

What other events or activities would you like SF Chapter to sponsor?

Keep in mind our mission: WNBA, a national organization founded in 1917, exists to promote literacy, a love of reading, and women’s roles in the community of the book. 

Fill in the form below. We hope to hear from you and see you soon!

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Amanda Coplin

Amanda Coplin

Amanda Coplin

Amanda Coplin was born in Wenatchee, Washington, and raised amid her grandfather’s orchards. She received her BA from the University of Oregon, and MFA from the University of Minnesota. A recipient of residencies from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and the Ledig House International Writers Residency Program in Ghent, New York, she lives in Portland, Oregon.

Great Group ReadsHer debut novel, The Orchardist, was selected for 2012 Great Group Reads.

Anita Amirrezvani

Anita Amirrezvani

Anita Amirrezvani

Anita Amirrezvani was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in San Francisco. Her first novel, The Blood of Flowers, has appeared in more than 25 languages and was long-listed for the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her second novel, Equal of the Sun, was published by Scribner in June 2012, and selected for 2012 Great Group Reads list. 

Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian-American Writers, an anthology co-edited by Anita and Persis Karim, will appear in Spring, 2013. Anita teaches at the California College of the Arts and at Sonoma State University.

Anita Amirrezvani in her own words: After my parents separated when I was two, I was raised by my mother in San Francisco. When I was thirteen, I began going to Iran on my own and spending time with my father’s side of the family. In San Francisco, my family was an intimate group that consisted of me, my mother and my aunt; in Tehran, a family dinner party was like a town hall meeting, huge and festive. I had eleven cousins and before long, two little brothers.

My father took me on a trip to Isfahan when I was fourteen, even though he was busy building his business and didn’t have much time for leisure. Because I loved art and architecture, he agreed to take me for two days. I remember being mesmerized by the great square of Isfahan and by the painted plasterwork on the staircase of our hotel, a former caravansary.

I decided to take a year off between high school and college and spend it in Iran. That year, 1978, turned out to be the fateful year leading to the Islamic Revolution. That summer, we heard gunfire and watched the sky turn black with smoke from fires. On my seventeenth birthday, the city was under an evening curfew. We went out for lunch and had cake at home. Less than ten days later, my father and stepmother decided the situation was unsafe. We packed up my brothers, who were two and four, and left for what turned out to be a long time.

The following fall, I started at Vassar College. I attended for two and a half years and then transferred to the University of California at Berkeley, where I majored in English. I loved school. I have since received an MFA in Creative Writing from Great Group ReadsSan Francisco State University.

Read more about her books here. Equal of the Sun was selected as a 2012 Great Group Reads.

C. W. Gortner

C W Gortner

C. W. Gortner

C.W. Gortner holds an MFA in Writing with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies from the New College of California.

In his extensive travels to research his books, he has danced a galliard in a Tudor great hall and experienced life in a Spanish castle. His novels have garnered international praise and been translated into thirteen languages to date. He is also a dedicated advocate for animal rights and environmental issues.

C.W.’s third historical novel, The Queen’s Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile is now available in the US. UK publication date is January 2013.

He’s currently at work on his fourth novel for Ballantine Books, about the early years of Lucrezia Borgia, as well as the third novel in his Tudor series,The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles (US) or Elizabeth’s Spymaster (UK).

Half-Spanish by birth, C.W. lives in Northern California 

C.W. will be a Guest of Honor at the Historical Novel Society’s 2013 Conference in St Petersburg, Florida.

C.W. has sold his fourth historical novel about Lucrezia Borgia, one of the subjects of Showtime’s new original series about the infamous Italian clan. Ballantine Books will publish his still-untitled book about the 15th-century beauty who was the daughter of the vicious Spanish-born Rodrigo Borgia (who later became Pope Alexander VI) and is rumored, among other things, to have been the lover of both her father and her brother. 

Read more about C. W.’s books here.

National Reading Group Month

NRGM_Logo OCTOBER 6, 2012 – 2:00 – 4:00 PM 
This year the San Francisco Chapter will celebrate NRGM in collaboration with Litquake during its kick-off weekend!

Celebrating the Joy of Shared Reading

Enjoy the ambiance of French wine and cheese, reception and book signings. A FREE event.

BOOKS, INC. OPERA PLAZA, 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco 

Hear A Panel Of Authors With Savoir Faire: Three Historical Fiction Authors!

Anita Amirrezvani by Rex Bonomelli

Anita Amirrezvani by Rex Bonomelli

Anita Amirrezvani, Equal of the Sun

From the author of the internationally bestselling The Blood of Flowers comes a compulsively readable and gorgeously crafted tale of power, loyalty, intrigue, and love in the royal court of sixteenth-century Iran. Simon & Schuster, Release: June 5, 2012. Read more here.

Amanda Coplin by Corina Bernstein

Amanda Coplin by Corina Bernstein

Amanda Coplin, The Orchardist

A debut novel, Amanda Coplin skillfully illuminates life in the early twentieth-century Pacific Northwest, deftly blending tenderness and violence in a quiet yet deeply moving story. HarperCollins, Release: August 21, 2012. Read more here.

C W Gortner

C. W. Gortner

C. W. Gortner, The Queen’s Vow

Isabella of Castile is the most famous queen in history after Elizabeth I. Gortner counters the traditional view of Isabella as a fanatic, depicting her contentious relationship with Fray Torquemada and her deep reluctance to sanction the Inquisition. Ballantine Books/Random House, Release: June 12, 2012. Read more here.

Panel Moderator: Amanda McTigue, Going to Solace

A debut novel set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. McTigue hails from a long line of talkers and will guide our panel discussion. Going to Solace, HarperDavis, Release: August 15, 2012. Read more here.

Gold Sponsor: HarperCollins Publishers,Harper, Harper Paperbacks, Harper Perennial, Amistad, Ecco, William Morrow, William Morrow Paperbacks (2007 Founding Sponsor)

The sponsors and partners of National Reading Group Month are committed to celebrating the joy of shared reading — and to reading groups everywhere. The Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) thanks them for their invaluable support and generosity. 

Women’s National Book Association–San Francisco Chapter 2011 September & October Dates

Women’s National Book Association–San Francisco Chapter 2011 September & October Dates

Who Are We?  Please visit Membership Directory.

To join or renew?  Please click here.

Please hold these dates:

September 24, 2011, 10:00am – 4:00pm

The Sonoma County Book Festival at Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa, CA

Look for WNBA-SF Chapter members, including Kate Farrell, Margie Yee Webb, Teresa LeYung Ryan, Ana Manwaring, Leigh Anne Lindsey, Linda Joy Myers, Zoe FitzGerald Carter, Laurel Anne Hill.  Who else?  Also visit the Redwood Writers Village Readers Circle Stage that Ana Manwaring is orchestrating! Stage times: 1:00pm Redwood Writers Vintage Voices; 1:45-2:00pm Margie Yee Webb & Teresa LeYung-Ryan; 2:00-2:45pm Kate Farrell and anthology contributing authors

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When:  Thursday, October 6, 2011, 6:00-7:30pm

Where: San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, Stong Conference Room (no food in this room please). Near BART Civic Center Station. 2 entrances for the library: 100 Larkin St. (and 30 Grove St.), S.F., CA 94102

What: WNBA Get-Together

Who:  Members to bring their cameras with video capability and Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan & Mentor Mary E. Knippel will film you (60-90 seconds). If you don’t have a camera, bring a flash drive and Coach Teresa will film you with her camera and download file to your flash drive. They will show you how to create your own YouTube channel.  Email writingcoachTeresa at gmail.com if you are attending. To become a WNBA member or to renew: https://wnba-sfchapter.org Get-Togethers are WNBA membership benefits; non-members can attend one Get-Together a year.


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October 7 – 15, 2011

San Francisco’s Litquake Literary Festival

WNBA-SF Chapter Members Janine Kovac and Patricia V. Davis are on the Executive Committee! Who else from WNBA is involved?

LitCrawl San Francisco is October 15, 2011

October 16th, 2011, 1-3:00pm

WNBA-SF Chapter members & friends celebrate WNBA National Reading Group Month at Kepler’s Books Magazine, Menlo Park, CA.   Guess who will be our featured author?  Racheal Herron author of  WISHES AND STITCHES. More info to come.


When is the next event at BookShop West Portal, San Francisco, CA?  WNBA-SF Chapter Member Birgit Soyka awaits Neal Sofman for dates.


Have you seen the WNBA SF Chapter YouTube channel?  http://www.youtube.com/wnbasfchapter

Would you like to be included?  Click here.


WNBA National siteClick here.


Who Are We in the SF Chapter?  Please visit Membership Directory.

To join or renew?  Please click here.

How Did WNBA-SF Chapter Members Celebrate on May 5, 2011?

May 5, 2011

Dear WNBA Members and Prospective Members,

Writing Career Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan here (also Interim Secretary for WNBA-San Francisco Chapter) reminding everyone to reach out, not stress out, when building your writer’s platform, and have fun.

Speaking of fun . . . How Did WNBA-SF Chapter Members Celebrate on May 5, 2011?

Today I packed the Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter (WNBA) membership roster, name badges, name tents, the thank-you gift for our chapter president Lynn Henriksen,  and went cake-shopping for tonight’s celebration. Mary E. Knippel created the card and Christopher Payne coordinated the gift.

The event was at the San Francisco Public Library-Main Branch.  What an exciting meeting!  Established members (guiding lights) showed up; talented new members showed up.  Here’s a list of the folks who were at the planning meeting/celebrations.

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Lynn Henriksen will mentor the new incoming chapter president or co-presidents (now that Lynn’s term has ended, she’ll have more time to teach more classes at Book Passage and to write more books).

Kate Britton wishes to stay on as Membership Chair.

Christopher Payne wishes to stay on as Treasurer.

Teresa LeYung-Ryan wishes to stay on as Secretary, also mentor committee chairs, and continue to show members how to build their own platforms with the help of the WNBA platform.

Mary E. Knippel (creativity mentor) wishes to stay on to mentor members.

Birgit Soyka wishes to be WNBA Liaison to BookShop West Portal.

Elizabeth Pomada, former chapter president, will continue to be a guiding light for WNBA, promoting our chapter through San Francisco Writers Conference, ASJA, and other affiliations.

Michael Larsen, former chapter president, will continue to be a guiding light for WNBA, promoting our
through San Francisco Writers Conference, ASJA,and other affiliations

Leon Veal will continue being our liaison at San Francisco Public Library and San Francisco Project Read.

Jane Glendinning is also affiliated with California Writers Club-Berkeley Branch.

Patricia Tsang, M.D. is also affiliated with California Writers Club-San Francisco Peninsula Branch (and the Asian Heritage Street Celebration this year).

Janine Kovac is also affiliated with LitQuake (San Francisco’s Literary Festival).

Apala Egan is also affiliated with California Writers Club-South Bay Branch.

Claudia Boutote is also affiliated with Harper One, publisher in San Francisco.

Joan Gelfand is immediate-past president on national board of WNBA; she recommends our chapter sponsoring smaller events, and more of them, so that members get to co-chair one event in their region. This distribution of duties would benefit all members.

Linda Joy Myers, founder of National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW), offered to share her expertise in teleseminars.

Linda Lee, our webmaster and cyberspace guru, offered to share her expertise in webinars and make webinars a benefit to members and a revenue tool when we sell the products to non-members.


We honored Lynn Henriksen; she made the past 2 years fun for us. Thank you, Lynn!

Vicki, Leigh Anne, Kaye, Barbara, Judith, Ricky, Elisa, we missed you at this meeting/party. See you soon!


Teresa LeYung-Ryan, board member, San Francisco Chapter of Women’s National Book Association

************** 3 EVENTS IN JUNE 2011 **************

Thursday June 2, 2011,  6:00-7:30pm Hope to see members in or near San Francisco
Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter MEET UP
Mary E. Knippel (Creativity Mentor) & Teresa LeYung-Ryan (Writing Career Coach) will be present to mentor members and conduct “round-table MEET UP”
San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, Latino/Hispanic Community Room (you can bring food into this room) at lower level,
100 Larkin St.(or use 30 Grove Street entrance), S.F., CA 94102

Grab a snack at the library cafe and join Mary & Teresa in the Latino/Hispanic Community Room.

RSVP by emailing:  <Secretary@wnba-sfchapter.org>

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Sunday, June 26, 2011 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Attn:  WNBA-SF Members – let your voice be heard!

Attend the WNBA-SF Chapter Planning Meeting (lunch provided) to design a spectacular calendar of WNBA-SF events. All WNBA-SF Chapter members are welcome to attend.

RSVP maryeknippel@gmail.com by June 23 to get meeting details and to allow us to plan refreshments accordingly.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 7:00-9:00pm BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94127 415-564-8080

Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) members celebrate June’s “Rebuild Your Life Month” featuring books by members Birgit Soyka and Teresa LeYung-Ryan. Join us for a fun evening— reception; authors’ presentations; meet the new board and members of the San Francisco Chapter. Please RSVP by emailing BookShopRSVP@wnba-sfchapter.org

Birgit Soyka (author of To Drink the Wild Air: One Woman’s Quest to Touch the Horizon) and Teresa LeYung-Ryan (author of  Love Made of Heart and Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days).

Visit Teresa’s blog at http://todrinkthewildair.com/

Visit Teresa’s blog at http://WritingCoachTeresa.com


Support WNBA-SF members at LitQuake Oct 11th

WNBA and LitQuake Oct 11th 2008

Come out and support WNBA authors who will participating in LitQuake this year: On the LitCrawl,

Saturday October 11th:

Six WNBA authors will participate:

Forest Books, 3080 16th Street – 6PM
Finding Spirit in Everyday Life: Inspired, Enraged, and Even Funny, These Voices Invoke Third Millennium Spirituality Sera Beak, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Joan Gelfand, Marc Lesser, Margaret Murray, Naomi Rose Emcee: Paula Hendricks

Paréa Wine Bar, 795 Valencia Street 7:15 PM
The Women’s National Book Association Turns on the Lights 21 and over Lucille Lang Day, Alice Fried, Christopher Gortner, Connie Post Emcee: Elisa Southard

Litquake website – www.litquake.org
WNBA authors who have a new book in 2009 will be considered for the Litquake WNBA reading for next year.