WNBA Wednesday – Four Ways to Keep Warm this Month

We are officially one week into the New Year and there is already so much to do; especially, while trying not to become a walking ice cube. Here are four ways to help keep you warm this month. (Laughing keeps you warm, too, so I sprinkled in some gifs for your enjoyment.)


Warmer #1

One way to get warm is to get those synapses firing in your brain as you learn something new, such as LinkedIn.

Melissa Rosati, CPCC, Adjunct Professor in Pace University’s MS in Publishing Program will be teaching a special Tech Workshop for the first 12 WNBA-NYC current and in good standing members who sign up.

LinkedIn is the premier business networking site – it can help you advance your professional or writing goals. But… maybe you’re not sure how to make it work for you. Whether you’re a novice, or already have a LinkedIn profile, this workshop will teach you what you need to know. Find out exactly what you will be learning here.

Date: Tuesday, January 14th

Time: 4:00-5:30pm

Location: Computer Lab, Pace University, Midtown Campus, 551 Fifth Ave

(betw 45-46), 8th floor

RSVP to: programs@wnba-nyc.org

FREE workshop for WNBA-NYC members only


Warmer #2

Another way to get warm is to fill your belly with good food and your mind with good conversation at this month’s Neighborhood Lunch at Saigon Market. Join fellow members for a networking lunch at one of our favorite locations. A great opportunity for new and old members to get acquainted. Bring a friend interested in joining the association.

Neighborhood Lunch at Saigon Market

Date: Tuesday,  January 21

Time: 12:30-2:00

Location: Saigon Market, 91 University Place (betw 11th and 12th sts, just a few blocks south of Union Sq)

RSVP to: jmazefsky@aol.com

Menu can be found here.


Warmer #3

Warm your heart by supporting a fellow WNBA-NYC member. Ruth Ozeki launches the paperback for one of 2013’s best books, A Tale for the Time Being, with O, The Oprah Magazine editor Abbe Wright. Ozeki’s unforgettable story, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, centers around a novelist drawn into the diary and world of a 16 year-old Japanese girl.

Date: Thursday, January 9th

Time: 7-9pm

Location: The Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

RSVP to: RSVP@powerHouseArena.com

Learn more here.


Warmer #4

Warm up all over by reading a book recommended by fellow WNBA-NYCers. (This is something you can do in the warmth of your own bed.) As you wait for this year’s new releases to come out you can read a book that a WNBA-NYC member loved reading last year. Here are 5 recommendations:

Rachel Slaiman

Title: The Silver Star

Author: Jeannette Walls

Publisher: Scribner

“This was my favorite book because while their mom was at a distance, the two children were determined to keep themselves safe and move in with family they may not have been so close with, but knew it was the right thing to do.  You really could visualize what was happening and feel as though you were part of the story.”


Meredith A. Rutter

Title: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Author: Maria Semple

Publisher: Back Bay Books

“This is one of the very few books that truly grabbed me from page one and never let go. I loved the twists and turns and snarky humor as the narration built around an unforgettable family tale.”


Joan Regen-Ramirez

Title: Jamie is Autistic: Learning in a Special Way

Author: Joan Regen-Ramirez

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

“My favorite book was mine–published last year. A book that shows how autistic children can learn in a special and different way.”


Tqwana Brown

Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Author: Neil Gaiman

Publisher: William Morrow

“This was my first Neil Gaiman novel, and it made me wonder why I waited so long to pick up a book by him. It’s beautifully written and made me miss the whimsy and imagination of childhood – that belief in magic.”


Jenna Vaccaro

Title: American Gods

Author: Neil Gaiman

Publisher: William Morrow

“2013 has been my year of Neil Gaiman. I had always been a fan of his graphic novels, however I hadn’t picked up his prose until last year. I love the way he creates complex mythologies that sit seamlessly atop our real world. My favorite so far has been American Gods, a modern day epic about culture, folklore, and religion. The story focuses on a classic anti-hero named Shadow, who has just been released from prison and is tasked with keeping the peace between old and new gods. The mystery behind the supporting characters makes the novel impossible to put down. I’d recommend it to any fan of fantasy or folklore.”


Every Wednesday this month I will post WNBA-NYC members favorite books that they read last year. Let us know what book was your favorite to read last year. Send the title and author’s name and a few sentences about why you liked it to blog@wnba-nyc.org.


During this cold weather don’t forget to bring your pets in:

Wouldn’t you want your pet to look like this:


Instead of like this:


About Blog Editor

The Women’s National Book Association was founded in 1917 by female booksellers who weren’t allowed in the men’s organizations. Nearly 100 years later, the WNBA is still supporting women in the book industry through literary events, networking, literacy projects, workshops, open mic nights, book clubs, and many other entertaining programs throughout the season!

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