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WNBA/LA Centennial Celebration at Skylight Books

In honor of Women's National Book Association's 2017 centennial anniversary, WNBA/LA is proud to present:

Bookwomen Speak: WNBA Centennial Visionaries Series Jade Chang and Natashia Deón In Conversation with Lisa Mecham

Writer, poet, and literary enthusiast Lisa Mecham will engage critically acclaimed authors Jade Chang (The Wangs vs. The World) and Natashia Deón (Grace) in a discussion on writing, stories, and community and inclusion in literary spaces.


WHEN: Wednesday, June 21st, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-1175 -

PARKING: There's street parking outside and a metered parking lot behind the bookstore.

This event is free and open to all.

Please ​RSVP to Liz Donatelli at

Contact either or with any questions.

We hope to see you there!
Rachelle Yousuf and Liz Donatelli

Jade Chang is the debut novelist of The Wangs vs. the World from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She has worked as an arts and culture journalist and editor for publications like the BBC, Metropolis, Glamour, and The Los Angeles Times Magazine. She was recently an editor at Goodreads. Her first paying job after college was as a researcher for the J. Peterman catalog. (Yes, where Elaine worked on Seinfeld—it's real!)

Jade is the recipient of a Sundance Arts Journalist fellowship, the AIGA/Winterhouse Design Criticism Award, and a Squaw Valley Writers Workshop scholarship. She lives in Los Angeles.


Natashia Deón is a 2017 NAACP Image Award Nominee and author of the critically-acclaimed novel, Grace (Counterpoint Press), which was awarded the 2017 First Novel Prize by the American Library Association's Black Caucus (BCALA), was named Kirkus Review Best Book of 2016, a New York Times Top Book 2016, a Book Riot Favorite Book of 2016, The Root Best Book of 2016, and an Entropy Magazine Best Book of 2016. Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, Buzzfeed, LA Review of Books, The Rumpus, The Feminist Wire, Asian American Lit Review, Rattling Wall, and other places.

A practicing attorney, law professor, and creator of the popular L.A.-based reading series Dirty Laundry Lit, Deón is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship, and has been awarded fellowships and residencies at Yale, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, Prague's Creative Writing Program, Dickinson House in Belgium, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside--Palm Desert.

Lisa Mecham writes a little bit of everything and her work has appeared in Amazon's Day One, Mid-American Review, BOAAT, Word Riot, and The Rumpus, among other publications. The Toast spotlighted her as a "Writer on Fire." 

Lisa has served as an editor, advisory board member, and reader for such literary magazines as Origins, The Scofield, and Tin House. A former social worker, she writes grants for social justice oriented nonprofits.

A Midwesterner at heart, Lisa lives in Los Angeles with her two daughters where she's finishing a memoir about mental illness in the suburbs; think: The Shining meets Revolutionary Road. She's also working on a collection of poems called Dead Women, about women she's known or known of, who've met untimely, violent deaths.


Our Latest Literary Tea update!

Our Literary Tea provided an afternoon of literary delight, as we listened to authors Nina Revoyr (Southland), Kerry Kletter (The First Time She Drowned), and Rufi Thorpe (Dear Fang, With Love) read from their novels and answer questions. The conversations were eclectic and interesting and enthusiastic. Click image to view larger...