About Us

About the WNBA

The Women’s National Book Association is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization devoted to connecting, advocating, educating, and leading in the book world since its creation in 1917.

Our members are women and men who work with and value words. We represent all aspects of the book industry, including authors, editors, publishers, librarians, booksellers, agents, designers, illustrators, and production and management professionals, and well as those outside of the industry, such as readers and students. The organization offers its members ways to engage with books, authors, and other like-minded bibliophiles in the pursuit of free ideas and great literature.


WNBA Awards and Initiatives

The WNBA offers prestigious initiatives and awards within the book industry. They include:

  • National Reading Group Month (NRGM). Launched in October 2007, the National Reading Group Month initiative involves chapters in a nationwide effort to nurture the values promoted by reading groups and promote the appreciation of literature. NRGM events are coordinated by local chapters, with portions of event proceeds donated to the U.N. Fund for Unicef.
  • The WNBA Award. Given biennially to a woman who has done meritorious work in the world of books and beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation. Recent recipients include: Amy King, poet, PR chair of VIDA, and author of I Want to Make You Safe; Masha Hamilton, novelist and founder of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project; and Nancy Perl, nationally known librarian, author of Book Lust I and II.
  • The WNBA Pannell Award. Given annually at the BookExpo America Children’s Book and Author Breakfast. This award recognizes and applauds the work of booksellers who stimulate, promote, and encourage children’s and young people’s interest in books.
  • The Eastman Grant. Given annually, this grant provides funds to library associations in support of their professional training programs.

Getting Involved

We are all VOLUNTEERS dedicated to the mission of the WNBA.

The leadership of the WNBA-NYC Chapter represents a broad range of literary and publishing-related professionals.

For a brief review of our Executive Board Members, please click here.

Visit the National site at http://www.wnba-books.org/

The Women’s National Book Association was established in 1917, before women in America even had the right to vote. WNBA is a vibrant national organization. There are chapters with individual Active Members in ten cities, individual Network Members across the country, numerous corporate Sustaining Members, and chapter Honorary Members in the world of books and beyond. WNBA is a broad-based non-profit organization with some 800 members across the country, three distinguished national awards, and a history of lively events in chapter cities and elsewhere.

WNBA Creed, 1927; Credit: WNBA Archives

WNBA Creed, 1927; Credit: WNBA Archives

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