A Special Invite from The BookFest Team!

WNBA-LA member Desiree Duffy invites the members of WNBA to do scary readings at her upcoming The BookFest®, Fall 2020.

Your “scary” reading can be from a creepy or suspenseful part of your book, from a WIP, flash fiction, or even a poem or something creative. The Reading Room is being sponsored by the LA Chapter of the Horror Writers Association and Vertikal Life Magazine.

Want to participate? Just record your video in advance and upload it to this One Drive folder.

 A few tips:

  • Videos are recommended to be no longer than 5 minutes. 
  • Feel free to dress in costume or use props.
  • Hold up your book to show the cover.
  • Do be aware of lighting, sound, and video quality. 

If you have tech questions, reach out to hello@labookfest.com. All videos are due by October 14th to ensure we have time to upload them all.

The videos will premiere with The BookFest® on Saturday, October 24th, and stay up on the site after the fest. They will also be uploaded to the Books That Make You YouTube Channel. The team will give the videos a big push shortly after The BookFest for the Halloween weekend. 

Take advantage of this FREE promotional opportunity and help celebrate the Halloween season.

Please subscribe to the channel, sign up for email alerts on all things BookFest on the website: www.TheBookFest.com, and subscribe to and share the Facebook event page:

Use the hashtags: #TheBookFest  #TheBookFestFall2020

Only Days Away!

Don’t miss out on the most exciting award ceremony of the year!  It may not be the Oscars, but book lovers everywhere will be tuning in this Sunday for the Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature!

The Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature is granted annually to works of literary excellence for 9 to 12-year-olds.

The award is in remembrance of Judy Lopez, a founding member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, who was passionate about seeing children’s literature of quality recognized and rewarded.


Don’t miss the 35th-anniversary awards Sun, October 4 at 2 p.m. PST on YouTube!

Ask the Agent: Upcoming Virtual Event

Have questions that you would love to have answered by a literary agent?

WNBA-LA invites you to a special conversation between our chapter president Diana Giovinazzo, author of “The Woman in Red,” and her agent Johanna Castillo with Writers House, via Crowdcast on Saturday 9/26 @ 10 am.

Submit your agent-questions to WNBA-LA webinar coordinator Debra Eckerling (Info@TheDEBMethod.com) by Thursday, September 24, and get ready for an informative and enlightening conversation.

This event is $15 for members and $30 for non-members.

Please sign up using the eventbrite link here.

A portion of the proceeds will go to We Need Diverse Books.

For more info, visit the WNBA-LA facebook event.

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.