Women's National Book Association--New Orleans

WNBA-NOLA's mission statement - to promote and connect the book community in all its aspects, from those in book-related industries to those who love and support reading and literacy.

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Category: Arts & Culture
Parish: Orleans
The WNBA-New Orleans is a chapter of the Women's National Book Association which was founded in 1917 (before women had the right to vote) when women were excluded from national publishing gatherings. With local chapters around the country, WNBA is an organization of women and men who work with and value books. WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book. National WNBA web site: wnba-books.org.

WNBA-New Orleans was founded in June 2011. Our chapter members are book lovers, 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 and networking! Our Projects:

National Reading Group Month: We celebrate local book groups and authors at this annual event.

Little Free Libraries: We promote the placement of these outdoor micro-libraries that encourage reading and promote literacy and community engagement.

Book drives for local non-profit organizations (especially those that support children and families)

The Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction: established by WNBA-NOLA in 2012 for women writers to honor the memory of Diana Pinckley (1952-2012), a longtime crime fiction columnist for The New Orleans Times-Picayune, and her passion for mysteries.