National Reading Group Month Event

Hello Everyone!

I know that many of you might not live in the Los Angeles County area, but for those of you that do there’s a great event happening on October 22nd.

The Women’s National Book Association Los Angeles Chapter is hosting an eclectic author panel at Diesel, A Bookstore, to celebrate National Reading Group Month. If you can make it I would love to meet you there as I’m assisting in coordinating it.

DATE: OCTOBER 22, 2015

TIME: 6:30PM-8:00PM



Aline_OhanesianAline Ohanesian is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Orhan’s Inheritance, which was long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, a Summer 2015 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a April 2014 Indie Next pick. The novel was also a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction.

Aline was born in Kuwait and immigrated to Southern California at the age of three. After getting her MA in History, she abandoned her PhD studies when she realized her heart belonged to the novel. She is an alumna of the Bread Loaf and Squaw Valley writers conferences. She lives and writes in San Juan Capistrano, California, with her husband and two young sons.

Her website:

Meg-Waite-Clayton-2015-©ADefendi-square-1Meg Waite Clayton is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels, most recently The Race for Paris—the story of two journalists vying to make history by reporting the liberation of Paris in the summer of 1944. The Wednesday Sisters was one of Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Essential Best Friend Novels of all time, and The Language of Light was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize (now the PEN/Bellwether). Meg has also written for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Runner’s World and public radio.

Her website:

Rachel Howzell HallRachel Howzell Hall is a writer/assistant development director at City of Hope, a national leader in cancer research and treatment. Her first novel, A Quiet Storm, was a featured selection of Borders’ Original Voices program, as well as an alternate selection of the Black Expressions book club. Her lastest book, Skies of Ash, is the second book in the Detective Elouise Norton series. She lives in Los Angeles.


Rachelle_BioRachelle Yousuf is the Membership Assistant at PEN Center USA. She is the current president of the Women’s National Book Association, Los Angeles Chapter and recently graduated with a master’s in English Literature at California State University, Northridge. In her role as president, she is the co-chair of the L.A. Writers Conference. She is also the Event Coordinator for National Reading Group Month.

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