As the WNBA approaches its centennial celebration, one of its most beloved programs, the National Reading Group Month, is about to turn ten. Through its national events and stellar list of recommended titles, Great Group Reads, the NRGM fosters a love of collaborative reading and awareness of the cross-cultural communication and community engagement that it inspires.
Join us this Friday, October 27th as we celebrate a full decade of the NRGM with — what else? — an evening of bookish delight. We’ve assembled our favorite debut authors from the Great Group Reads lists into a star-studded panel, moderated by past WNBA New Orleans president Susan Larson, for an evening of literary conversation, celebration, and discovery of fascinating new titles to add to your fall reading list.
Register for the festivities on the WNBA website. For a sneak preview of the event, read more about our panelists:
Julia Franks is the author of Over the Plain Houses (Hub City Press), an NPR best book of 2016, and recipient of multiple awards including the IPPY Gold Medal in Literary Fiction. She has also published essays in the New York Times, among other places. She lives in Atlanta, where she runs an ed-tech company called loosecanon.com, a web application that facilitates, tracks, and energizes independent reading choices and literature circles within schools.
Susan Henderson is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. She is the author of two novels, The Flicker of Old Dreams and Up from the Blue, both published by HarperCollins. Susan lives in New York and blogs at the writer support group, LitPark.com.
Laurel Davis Huber, author of The Velveteen Daughter, grew up in Rhode Island and Oklahoma. She is a graduate of Smith College. She has worked as corporate newsletter editor, communications director for a botanical garden, high school English teacher, and as senior development officer for both New Canaan Country School and Amherst College. Ms. Huber and her husband split their time between New Jersey and Maine: laureldavishuber.com.
Margaret Wrinkle’s debut novel, Wash (Grove Atlantic), reexamines American slavery in ways that challenge contemporary assumptions about race, power, history and healing. Wash, won the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Wrinkle’s award-winning documentary broken\ground, made with Chris Lawson, was a winner of the Council on Foundations Film Festival. She lives in New Mexico.