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!

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

Medalist, Author Jason Reynolds

Fast Facts About Jason:

Lives in Washington; writes an average of three books a year; graduated from the University of Maryland; didn’t read his first book until age 17; can crochet a sweater; won the Newbery Honor, the Kirkus Prize, An NAACP Image Award, a Prinz Honor, an Edgar Award and a National Book Award Finalist; Upon being named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2020-21: “This isn’t an award; this is a role, it’s a responsibility. And I’m going to make sure I do my very best to uphold it and make something of it.”

On Look Both Ways: Observations on the daily walk home. Do you really see?

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.

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.