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Advice from colleagues varies from doing nothing until the pandemic is over to ramping up to full speed during a time when people are desperate for new entertainment. Many new titles, delayed from release in the spring, are hitting bookshelves nearby, Book events and festivals like the Southern Festival of Books (October 1-11) are going online and the line-up is awesome.
Chattanooga's YA-Hoo Fest will also be online September 14-17, and MTSU Write takes place via Zoom on October 17-18. Locally, WNBA Charlotte kicks off its fall season with 15 for the Fall: Diverse, Heroic, and Exciting Lit Picks, from Queen City booksellers from 7 until 8:30 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 16. The program will be online via Zoom or Crowdcast and features a great panel of Charlotte’s top independent bookstores: Abbigail Glenn, owner of Shelves Bookstore, a pop-up/online bookstore of diverse & multicultural books, audio, and gifts; Meghan Anderson, Event Coordinator of Park Road Books, a full-service bookstore; and Karla Southern, Event Coordinator of Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, a store for comics, manga, and collectibles. RSVP HERE.
And coming this Fall, WNBA Charlotte will host its 11th Annual Bibliofeast event, and a publishing panel. More details to come.
New this year is the Authentic Voices Program from WNBA in collaboration with the Women of Color Writers Podcast. The goal is to help provide equity in the publishing world. WNBA-National will select seven applicants to mentor through a four-month process of writing, editing, marketing, querying, and publishing. The program is free of charge to those who are selected. Mentees will also receive a stipend and publishing of their work. Submissions are open Tues., Sept. 15. For more information, visit the Authentic Voices Initiative site.