Women’s National Book Association Panel Author Event
In celebration of National Reading Group Month, moderator Lisa Borders (The Fifty-First State) will host a discussion with authors Lauren Acampora (The Wonder Garden), Jeannine Atkins (Little Woman in Blue), Heidi Pitlor (The Daylight Marriage) and Virginia Pye (Dreams of the Red Pheonix).
About WNBA: Since its founding in 1954, the Boston Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association has worked to bring together women and men from all different segments of the book world – publishing professionals, reading groups, writers, academics, and anyone else who loves books – by providing a range of events that aim to educate, entertain, and inspire. The WNBA-Boston also seeks to promote equality in the world of arts and letters by helping mentor young women interested in writing and publishing and by raising awareness of the professional challenges still extant for women striving to enter the business of books.
About NRGM: Launched in 2007, WNBA’s National Reading Group Month initiative aims to foster and encourage the same values promoted by reading groups around the globe: camaraderie and an appreciation of literature and reading as conduits for transmitting culture and advancing civic engagement.
WNBA-Boston member Jeannine Atkins is the acclaimed author of twelve books for young readers featuring women in history, including Borrowed Names: Poems about Laura Ingalls Wilder. She is an adjunct professor at Simmons College and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Award winning short story writer and novelist Virginia Pye has taught writing at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in The North American Review, The Tampa Review, The Baltimore Review, The New York Times Opinionator and The Rumpus. Her debut novel, River of Dust, was an Indie Next Pick and a Virginia Literary Awards Finalist in Fiction.
Debut novelist Lauren Acampora's fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, and Antioch Review. Raised in Connecticut, she now lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, artist Thomas Doyle, and their daughter.
Heidi Pitlor published her debut novel, Birthdays, in 2006, and has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 2007. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Ploughshares, The Huffington Post, and Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers.
WNBA-Boston member Grub Street instructor Lisa Borders is the author of two novels, The Fifty-First State and Cloud Cuckoo Land, which was chosen by Pat Conroy as the winner of River City Publishing's Fred Bonnie Award in 2002, was a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year and the Independent Publisher (IPPY) awards, and received fiction honors in the 2003 Massachusetts Book Awards.