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I’m a lawyer by training, but I think writing about the occasional character who happens to be a lawyer is more fun than actually being one myself. My debut novel, Painted Hands, about young, successful Muslim women in Boston, was published by St. Martin’s Press this past June. My essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere. I live outside of Boston with my husband—whom I married in a hot pink traditional Pakistani wedding dress—our three children, and two wayward dogs.
I believe fiction has enormous power to change hearts and minds. My favorite books are multicultural, and I’m deeply committed to the idea that everyone has the right to tell her own story. Though I love writing, it can be a solitary pursuit. I joined WNBA in order to connect with other writers in the Boston area, and I look forward to getting more involved with the organization.
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.
Daphne Kalotay and Dawn Rennert
Boston Chapter Co-Presidents
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Announcing the 1st Annual Dorothy O'Connor Award for Writing!
Deadline March 1st.
Only WNBA members may submit nominations.
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