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Summer Reading Event at Flintridge Bookstore


The Women’s National Book Association – Los Angeles invites you to a specially curated Summer Reading Event at Flintridge Bookstore on the must-read books of the season.

Flintridge Bookstore’s booksellers will present their picks for the most engaging women’s fiction, literary fiction and creative non-fiction titles to add to your to-read lists. Be prepared to take notes and to ask questions!

Recommended titles will be available for purchase, as well as a large stock of adult and children’s books, bookish gifts, greeting cards and reading accessories.

Immediately following the presentation, members are invited to mix ‘n’ mingle at the in-store coffeehouse. The menu consists of light snacks, lunch items and assorted beverages.

logo option 5 rev 2WHERE: Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
1010 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 790-0717 –

WHEN: Sunday, June 26, 1:00-2:00 P.M.
COST: This event is FREE to attend.
PARKING: private lot, garage and street

If you are able to attend, then please email your RSVP to Liz Donatelli at by Wednesday, June 22.

Contact either or with any questions.

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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WNBA-LA 2015 LA Writer’s Conference | March 14th

Hello My Wonderful Followers,

As you know, I’m currently the Social Media Chair for the Women’s National Book Association – Los Angeles Chapter.  That means I’m working hard to promote the organization’s news and events through various social media outlets including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google+.  So I wanted to take this time to tell you about the biggest event that the organization puts on every year.

The 2015 LA Writer’s Conference will be held at the Mount Saint Mary’s University, Doheny Campus on March 14th. This all day event will include valuable workshops for authors and those aspiring to be. There are workshops on topics like Creating a Dream Team, the State of the Fiction Market, and Query Letters. There’s going to be great speakers, book signings, and a wine and cheese mixer as well.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, don’t miss out on this great event. You can visit for more information about the event and how to purchase tickets. Tickets will be 20% off until February 13th.

The Doheny Mansion at Mount Saint Mary’s University, site of the 2015 LA Writers Conference.

The Doheny Mansion at Mount Saint Mary’s University, site of the 2015 LA Writers Conference.

Women’s National Book Association | LA Writer’s Conference March 14, 2015

For my followers who live in the Los Angeles area, there’s a great Writer’s Conference coming up in March hosted by the Women’s National Book Association – Los Angeles Chapter and Mount St. Mary’s College.  If you’re interested in attending visit the WNBA-LA website for more information.


Mount St. Mary’s College and the Women’s National Book Association, LA have partnered up to expand and develop our LA Writers Conference! We welcome a diverse group of local authors, poets, students, literary agents, publishers and booksellers to come together and create the best conference our chapter has ever put together! Attendees will participate in panels and workshops that address the commercial and creative elements that combine to turn imagination into publication.


Women’s National Book Association | Let’s Go Book Clubbing


About a month ago, I attended the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA-LA), Let’s Go Book Clubbing event featuring a panel of authors discussing their recent books.  The event was amazing!

I had never been to an author panel before and didn’t really know what to expect.  It was held at this cute little bookstore called Diesel, A Bookstore, located in Santa Monica, CA.  This bookstore is nestled within a cozy marketplace surrounded by other small food and retail shops.  I loved how small and intimate the bookstore is and highly suggest that you visit sometime.

Moderator, Diane Leslie, was great and knew what kinds of questions to ask the authors.  She kept the conversations going and asked questions like, “Do you relate to any of your characters and why?”

Each author on the panel did a great job answering the questions and really gave us a glimpse into what inspired them to write the book they were promoting.  I soaked up every word they were saying and thought to myself, I’m going through that right now with my book…I’m not alone.

During the Q&A portion, I took advantage of the opportunity to ask when they shared their manuscripts.  Did they show the first draft to someone or was it later drafts?  All four authors were pretty unanimous in their answers saying that it’s best not to show the first draft and not have someone real close to you read it.  They suggested writing groups or fellow authors as opposed to your friends and family.  That was my biggest take away from the author panel. 

If you haven’t heard of the Women’s National Book Association check them out!  They have several chapters across the country.  I’m a proud member and current Social Media Chair of the WNBA Los Angeles Chapter.

Another perk of these author panels is that I can get my books signed!


Have you ever been to an author panel?  If so, what did you think of it?

Women’s National Book Association | LA Literary Tea

Yesterday, I attended my very first event focused solely on books.  Not only had I never been to an author reading, I had never been in a room full of people that share the same interest as I do.  Everyone there loves to read books.

The Literary Tea, which is hosted by the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Los Angeles Chapter, featured three talented authors discussing and reading from their book.  I was so enamored by the whole event and gobbled up every word.  I never knew how exciting it could be to hear authors, in person, read from their books and talk about their writing process.

I found the WNBA through Net Galley…no surprise there.  When a professional reader is creating their profile they can add what associations they are a part of.  At the time, I wasn’t a part of any association, but I was curious as to what was out there.  I looked a few up and was intrigued by this group and found that they have a Los Angeles chapter.  Score!

“The LA Chapter of WNBA brings together individuals with diverse backgrounds to exchange ideas, focus on issues, make contacts, and support the local book community. In an effort to advance knowledge of the world of book publishing and related fields, we welcome, encourage, and educate people from all areas of the book industry, particularly women.

Our members include authors, screenwriters, poets, songwriters, performance artists, activists, readers, publishers, librarians, booksellers, educators, publicists, editors, production/graphics specialists, agents and reviewers.” – WNBA/LA Website

Now that I’ve given you a bit about the WNBA, let me get into the Literary Tea event.  I walked into this gorgeous home to find a table full of delicious snacks and drinks.  There was even a little live piano which made me totally relaxed.  Everyone was so friendly and I met some great people who I clicked with almost instantly.

The first author we heard from was Renee Swindle who wrote A Pinch of Ooh La La.   She read so passionately and I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by her.

After the reading, there was a brief Q&A.  One question was “How do you find the time to write with a full-time job as a professor?”.  Renee said that she gets up at 4am every morning and writes before heading to class otherwise she would be too tired when she got home.

This is the exact problem I have when I’m trying to write my book.  I go to my “day job” from 7am-4pm plus a 30 minute train ride each way.  When I get home I go to the gym, I play softball, and I spend time with my fiancé.  So it seems that the weekday evenings just don’t work for me.  I’m exhausted by the end of the day and am rarely motivated to write.  Perhaps I should try this 4am thing.

OhLaLa-Book“Renee Swindle’s first novel, Please Please Please, was an Essence Magazine/Blackboard bestseller. Her second novel, Shake Down The Stars was a Blogger’s Recommend Top Pick. Her new novel, A Pinch of Oh La La, is about the adventures of a young woman in jazz, love, and baking in a multi-cultural family in Oakland. Renee earned her BA from UC Irvine and her MFA from San Diego State University. She lives in Oakland, California with her three rescue dogs and three cats.” – WNBA/LA Website


Julia Mary Gibson was the next author discussing her debut novel Copper Magic.  I loved that she brought a prop to show the group.  It was a cut out of a “copper” hand which is an object featured in her book and from the reading it seems like the copper hand is very important.

CopperMagic-Book“Julia Mary Gibson was born the child of radical activist poets in the time of the Freedom Rides and the Vietnam War. She grew up to be a communard, welfare mother, waitress, secretary, visual effects producer, and mentor to unwed teens. She spent her childhood summers on the shores of Lake Michigan, which inspired her first novel, Copper Magic. Julia now lives in sight of the Hollywood sign in California.” – WNBA/LA Website


The final author, Ann Hamilton, read from her debut novel Expecting.  The Q&A portion with Hamilton was interesting as she got into discussing how her current book agent came to be her agent.  She also spoke of how the book comes from some personal experiences about fertility and what it takes to have a family.

Expecting-Book“Ann Hamilton is an Emmy Award nominated film/TV writer and producer, with credits including Grey’s Anatomy, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Thirtysomething, Party of Five and One Tree Hill. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time as a amateur astronaut. (Not really, but she has seen Gravity three times and would consider being an astronaut if she got to meet George Clooney.) Ann Hamilton’s debut novel, Expecting, is about a young couple’s wish for a baby and their adventures in the world of fertility treatments.” – WNBA/LA Website


I really enjoyed attending the Literary Tea and plan on being a part of many more WNBA/LA events.  I also can’t wait to read the books from these amazing authors.

Oh and I forgot to mention…I won a book in a raffle at the Literary Tea! Yay!

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books – April 12 & 13

For those of you that live in Southern California and can easily visit the USC campus, I’m happy to say that the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be next month on April 12 & 13! Yay!

For those of you that can’t attend, I will give you an update on my experience, what I learned, and take some pictures as well.

It will be my first time going and I’m super excited.

Here’s a little bit about the Festival of Books.

“The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The Festival was an immediate success and has evolved to include live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment and artists creating their work on-site. There’s also a photography exhibit, film screenings followed by Q&A’s and discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics.” – See more at:

Let me know if you have attended this Festival before and what you thought of it.

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