Women’s National Book Association – New York City is a vibrant community of literary women. It is also our flagship chapter. They’ve had a very busy fall with networking events, the Brooklyn Book Festival, the annual UN DPI/NGO conference, and literary panels. In addition, members write for their chapter blog. Enjoy a few of their articles.
The sixty-seventh UN DPI/NGO Conference was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Member Christine Sikule attended and wrote about her experience. Read about it here.
The WNBA’s New York City chapter kicked-off the season with their Annual Networking Party. Members, old and new, stopped in to mingle and discuss their career paths and goals—all while snacking and drinking wine. Read about it here.
This year, the Women’s National Book Association’s booth was located at the northern end of the Brooklyn Book Festival, nestled under trees just beginning to shed their leaves onto the sidewalk. The sunny day, unusually warm for a Brooklyn September, drew a large crowd of book lovers to meander through the park, past the Emma Straub signing at the Books Are Magic booth, past the authors reading at the North Stage, and past the trucks selling coffee, ice cream, and remaindered books. Many of these book lovers curiously stopped by the WNBA booth to learn more about the organization and National Reading Group Month. They were drawn in by the array of books, the enthusiastic volunteers, and, of course, the candy. Read about it here.
“At the end of Lolita, Humbert asks: “Had I done to Dolly, perhaps, what Frank Lasalle, a fifty-year-old mechanic, had done to eleven-year-old Sally Horner in 1948?” This oft-forgotten sentence is a deliberate thread left by Nabokov for the reader. And it wasn’t until reading Sarah Weinman’s The Real Lolita that I learned Sally Horner was a real child who was kidnapped and raped for nearly two years by a man posing as her father. Lolita is a character. Sally Horner is not.” Read the full article here.
“Women, Weaves, and the Workplace”
“Shave your legs. Blow dry your hair. Tweeze those eyebrows. Then some BB cream, light blush, liner, and eye shadow before running out the door. Sound familiar? Some of us indulge in this process… others not so much. Should it matter? No. Does it matter? Yes. Why? Because women are often judged by their appearance in the workplace.” Read the full article here.
“Memoirs are successful because of the emotional journey they take you on. The narrative events are often engaging, but the real strength of these stories comes from the emotional growth the narrators undergo. A similar evolution can be seen in Joyce Maynard’s The Best of Us—a tale about love found too late and lost too early. In her book, Maynard recounts her experiences as she falls in love at fifty, marries, and then loses her husband one year later to pancreatic cancer.” Read the full article here.
Compiled by WNBA-NYC’s blog editor
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