December 1, 2023, 8:00-9 P.M. ET/5:00-6 P.M. PT
Join us as we CELEBRATE the past year’s book releases of WNBA-SF members. Hear the triumphs and lessons learned by women authors who have published a book in 2023.
If you aspire to write or publish a book, or you love to hang out with fellow writers and book lovers, you won’t want to miss this fun event. Plus, when you attend, you’ll automatically enter a giveaway to win great books! There will be an author’s giveaway of Jill Lublin’s Publicity Breakthrough Bootcamp. The giveaway will be done live at the end of the event.
During the book release party, the authors will discuss their books and the challenges and joys of their publishing journey. You will find many inspirational journeys to learn from given this diverse roster of authors, from the genre they write in and their publication path to their ethnicity and their topics.
The celebration will include an opportunity to mix and mingle in small breakout rooms where you’ll have the opportunity to talk to the authors directly and receive the answers to all your burning questions. It will be fun, lively, and instructive.
Get inspired and gather ideas for wonderful gifts for everyone on your holiday list!
Meet the authors and their books.
Leslie Kirk Campbell – The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs: Stories, February 2022, Sarabande Books
The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs, an award-winning short story collection and WNBA Great Group Read Selection, is about the ways our bodies are marked by memory, often literally – scars, tracks, tattoos – and the risky decisions we make when pushed to the extreme.
Elise Marie Collins – Social Work Education and The Grand Challenges, Chapter 5 Advancing Long and Productive Lives, April, 2023, Routledge
This chapter explores the opportunities and challenges in improving the quality of life for the increasing global and U.S. population aged 65 and above. Emphasizing the importance of equitable aging, it introduces gerontological theory and offers practical guidance for elders’ engagement in paid work, volunteering, and caregiving roles.
Joan Gelfand – Outside Voices: A Memoir of the Berkeley Revolution, January 16, 2024, Post Hill Press
Living in Berkeley in the early ’70s, Joan was immersed in second-wave feminism. Among a vibrant community of musicians, painters, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, and activists, she is empowered to find her writer’s voice while exploring the limits of spirituality, sexuality, and politics.
Joanie Osburn – Café Society: Time Suspended, The Cafés and Bistros of Paris, December 27, 2022, Goff Books
and a boatload of images that celebrate the Paris café as a cultural heritage worth preserving in her book, Café Society: Time Suspended, The Cafés and Bistros of Paris.
Pamela K. Peirce – Golden Gate Gardening: The Complete Guide to Year-Round Food Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area & Coastal California, 30th Anniversary Edition, August 15, 2023, Sasquatch Books
I wrote Golden Gate Gardening to help people grow food in the climate and microclimates of central and northern California, where our weather is Mediterranean (dry summer, mild wet winter), and often influenced by the ocean. It has succeeded, helping several generations of gardeners, and this new edition keeps the information it offers up to date.
Maxine Rose Schur – Places in Time: Reflections on a Journey, January 23, 2023, Legacy Books Press
A vivid travel narrative recounting a young woman’s around-the-world journey in the early 70s. The rare and powerful experiences are given significance as the now much older author understands the significance of her youthful adventures. Named Best Travel Book of the Year by the North American Travel Journalists Association and Winner of the Gold Award by the Society of American Travel Writers.
Nita Sweeney – A Daily Dose of Now: 365 Mindfulness Meditation Practices for Living in the Moment, November 1, 2023, Mind, Mood, and Movement
Reduce stress, ease anxiety, and increase inner peace—one day at a time—with a year of easy-to-follow mindfulness meditation techniques. Certified mindfulness teacher, bestselling author, ultramarathoner, wife, and dog-mom, Nita Sweeney, shares mindfulness meditation practices to help anyone break free from worry and self-judgment, feel calmer, think more clearly, and enjoy a more fulfilling life.
Jia Ling Wang (Karen Wang Diggs) – 10 Super Asian Women Who Shaped History (Volume One) – August 8, 2023, Words Alight Publishing
10 Super Asian Women Who Shaped History (Volume One) reveals the remarkable lives of 10 Asian women from the 1st to 13th centuries who never received proper recognition or honor for their brilliant and fearless contribution to society due to racial bias and patriarchy.
Seina Wedlick – Naming Ceremony, Illustrated by Jenin Mohammed, April 11th, 2023, Adams Kids Publishing
Stephanie Wildman – Breath by Breath, (illustrated by Estefania Razo) from Lawley Publishing (coming January 23, 2024).
In this bedtime (or anytime) story, twins Flor and Roberto wonder how they can possibly go on an adventure at the same time as they go to sleep. Big brother Luis, guides them in an adventure through their bodies, from the top of their heads to the tips of their toes. (Spanish language version, Respiro a Respiro coming in May 2024)
Vanessa MacLaren-Wray – Flames of Attrition, August 9, 2023, Water Dragon Publishing
Flames of Attrition is a secondary-world science fantasy that blends political commentary with humor, action, and technological wizardry, as the newly-appointed king of a small matriarchal nation faces down an insurrection.