If you read, write or publish books, you should consider joining the Women’s National Book Association. With 10 chapters nationwide, this non-profit organization has been “Promoting the Community of the Book since 1917″. The benefits of membership are both personal and professional and there are various levels to choose from. Members include librarians, publishers, writers, booksellers, educators, agents, bloggers, critics and others who value books and reading.
The Women’s National Book Association is a national organization of women and men who work with and value books. WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book.
WNBA is affiliated with the United Nations and helps promote literacy through strategic partnerships. They also sponsor an annual writing competition and recognize individuals, bookstores and libraries through several awards such as the WNBA Award, Pannell Award and Eastman Grant.
The organization launched National Reading Group Month/Great Group Reads in October 2007. The intention of this initiative is to promote the benefits and value of shared reading through reading groups and book clubs.
The New York City chapter is the flagship chapter and very active in the community. They participate in events like Book Expo America and the Brooklyn Book Festival. They also host networking functions, book panel events, indie bookstore crawls, open mike nights at local establishments, neighborhood lunches, seminars/workshops, an annual query roulette, book drives, and offer volunteer opportunities. They also publish a monthly newsletter and a daily blog.