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Kimberly Elkins

Literary Tea with Kimberly Elkins
Historic Bostonian Novelist

A vividly original novel based on the astounding true-life story of Laura Bridgman, the first deaf and blind person who learned language and blazed a trail for Helen Keller. At age two, Laura Bridgman lost four of her five senses to scarlet fever. At age seven, she was taken to Perkins Institute in Boston to determine if a child so terribly afflicted could be taught. At age twelve, Charles Dickens declared her his prime interest for visiting America. And by age twenty, she was considered the nineteenth century’s second most famous woman, having mastered language and charmed the world with her brilliance.

Sunday 7 December 2014 at 2 pm
Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
138 Dartmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts

Please join us for scones with jam, marmalade, lemon curd, and clotted cream, along with sandwiches and pastries served with a selection of fine teas. Member tickets sold below cost! Raffle tickets for items such as Night at the Fairmont Copley Plaza and $100 Wegmans Gift Card sold at the tea! Reservations by November 30 please.

Purchase tickets here.

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Since 1954, the Boston Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association has brought together women and men in the world of books. Avid readers have met their favorite authors, aspiring novelists have found agents, job seekers have obtained leads, and lifetime friendships have been formed.

Our mission is to initiate meaningful connections among the New England book community (publishing professionals, reading groups, writers and academics, and anyone else who loves books) by providing a range of forums for interaction, including events that educate, entertain, and inspire.

We also aim to promote equality in the world of arts and letters by helping mentor young women interested in writing and publishing and by raising awareness of the professional challenges still extant for women striving to enter the business of books.

Nancy Rubin Stuart and Lynne Byall Benson
Boston Chapter Co-Presidents

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Lyn Abissi, Tea Raffle Coordinator, here to let you know that we are accepting donations. Popular items at previous Teas have included:

  • Books, some signed by WNBA authors;
  • Art Work, Pottery, Jewelry;
  • Handbags, some fashioned out of Nancy Drew book covers;
  • Baskets full of goodies;
  • Author appearances at book clubs;
  • Gift certificates to restaurants and other venues;
  • A night at the Fairmont Copley Hotel (always a coveted prize).
Please let me know if you are able arrange a donation. The raffle is great fun and helps support WNBA/Boston. My e-mail is: and I look forward to hearing from you!

Upcoming Events

December 7

What Is Visible
Literary Tea with Kimberly Elkins
Reservations by November 30 please
More details

Click here for a list of WNBA/Boston authors available to meet (in person or virtually) with your book group!

We have an upcoming volunteer position to announce: Boston Chapter Treasurer.

This is a low-key, behind-the-scenes role with no obligation to attend meetings or events; our current Treasurer, who is overdue to be replaced, will gladly show you the ropes, and people who prefer to job-share are welcome. Please consider helping out!

Please send an email to if you are interested.