New Orleans Chapter is a chapter of the national organization, the Women’s National Book Association. Founded in 1917 before women had the right to vote, it gave a voice to women who were excluded from national publishing gatherings. Today it is an organization of women and men who work with and value books. The WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book. WNBA-New Orleans was founded in June 2011. Our members are booklovers, booksellers, editors, librarians, publishers, scholars, and writers.
WNBA-New Orleans meets monthly at various locations in the New Orleans area. We discuss varied literary topics of interest with a lot of great speakers. We also have a number of fun networking events during the year. Our projects include:
- National Reading Group Month (the 2016 gathering will be held at the main branch of the New Orleans Public Library in October)
- sponsorship of the Pinckley Prizes for lifetime body of work and best debut novel for women writers of crime fiction (2016 awardees are Sara Paretsky and Christine Carbo – ceremony at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in September)
- support for Little Free Libraries and book drives to encourage reading and to promote literacy and community engagement
- networking and social events to bring together people in the book community of New Orleans
- lectures and visits to book-related sites in the greater New Orleans area