Countdown to October 4, 2020: Meet the Judy Lopez Memorial Award Authors

Honor Author Cynthia Kadohata

Fast Facts About Cynthia:

Born in Chicago; attended USC; won the Newbery medal for her YA novel Kira-Kira; first story sold: The New Yorker; first rejection letter: The Atlantic; Favorite children’s book: Diamond in the Window; loves chocolate, books, dogs and traveling the US; hates carnival rides; if she didn’t trust her editor this much, she might behave better. Or not.

On A Place to Belong: The price of answering, “No, No” on Questions 27 and 28.

Be sure to look for us on October 4th at 2pm for the Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature celebrating authors Jen Wang, Kate Allen, Cynthia Kadohata and Jason Reynolds!

On Oct. 4th visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/WNBALACHAPTER

Visit the Awards webpage for more info.

Tune in for a Historical Fiction Panel hosted by WNBA-DC!

Don’t miss the upcoming Historical Fiction Panel which is being hosted by WNBA-DC on October 1st.  Local authors Sherri L. Smith and Diana Giovinazzo will be virtually joining author Mariah Fredericks to discuss inspiration, research, and getting published.  For more information or to register click here.

Highlight on our Local Authors:

Sherri L. Smith is the author of seven award-winning young adult novels, including the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist, Flygirl, the cli-fi adventure Orleans, and Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen?, part of the New York Times bestselling Who HQ series. Her books appear on multiple state lists and have been named Amelia Bloomer and American Library Association Best Books for Young People selections. She teaches in the MFA Writing program at Goddard College in Vermont. She returns to WWII with her newest novel, The Blossom and the Firefly. Learn more at www.sherrilsmith.com.

Diana Giovinazzo is the co-creator of Wine, Women and Words, a weekly literary podcast featuring interviews with authors over a glass of wine. Diana is active within her local literary community as the president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. The Woman in Red is her debut novel.

So Cal Readers

A special shout-out to WNBA-LA VP and book blogger Well Read Traveler (Jennifer Holmes), for virtually hosting the first So Cal Readers group.  Jenn did an excellent job facilitating the conversation and getting all participants involved.

If you missed out on this month’s So Cal Readers with Diana Giovinazzo, don’t worry! There is always next month with author Julie Clark and her book, “The Last Flight.”

So Cal Readers is open to WNBA-LA Members only and focuses on local authors.

 

Countdown to October 4, 2020: Meet the Judy Lopez Memorial Award Authors

Fast Facts:

Kate Allen grew up in Massachusetts; Once convinced a grocery store clerk she had a baby brother named Bimbo; Won the Writing Contest in senior year; Likes to cook; Always keeps a journal in her bag; When she was a child, a magician told her someday she would be an interior decorator but she was sure she would be a doctor…turns out they were both wrong.

On The Line Tender: Inspired by a closeup view of a shark at age 19.

Be sure to look for us on October 4th at 2pm for the Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature celebrating authors Jen Wang, Kate Allen, Cynthia Kadohata and Jason Reynolds!

On Oct. 4th visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/WNBALACHAPTER

Visit the Awards webpage for more info.

Just Days Away, So Cal Readers!

Be sure to join us this Tuesday for the first meeting of our book club, So Cal Readers, lead by the amazing book blogger and chapter Vice-president,  Jennifer Holmes.

September’s book of the month is “The Woman in Red” by Diana Giovinazzo.

Each month we will be reading a book by a local author and spotlighting their favorite indie bookstore.

Remember, So Cal Readers is only open to current WNBA-LA members, so join if you haven’t yet, and get ready to talk books!

For more info on the event, please visit our WNBA-LA facebook page.