November is here! This means writers worldwide have picked up their pens (or laptops) to participate in NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. It is an annual event in which participants attempt to write a 50,000-word novel in November. Other notable dates this month for writers are November 1st: National Authors Day, November 8th: Young Readers Day, and November 15th: I Love to Write Day. For educators, November 8th is National Parents as Teachers Day and National STEM/STEAM Day.

November, however, is best known for Thanksgiving, Veterans, and Election Day. Veterans Day (or Armistice Day, as it was known) is celebrated in November because it marked the end of WWI in 1918.
Election Day occurs in November on the first Tuesday after the first Monday, as mandated by Congress in 1845, because the fall harvest ended and the weather was still mild enough for travelers to reach their polling places.[1]  In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to the United State House of Representatives. She was elected to Congress from the state of New York.

This year, Election Day is November 8th! Please find your polling place and VOTE!

Daylight savings time ends on November 6th.

**NVWN Notes**
Remember that our monthly Schlow meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Our monthly social, held on the 4th Tuesday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, will now be at the Federal Taphouse, located above Target downtown at 130 S. Fraser Street. There are parking garages across the street on Pugh and Beaver. There’s also plenty of street parking up the block across the Post Office.

November 8th
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
NVWN guest speaker: Jerry Krammer

Jerry Kammer, a retired Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and research fellow,
Discussion: His reported stories about the Navajo and Hopi Tribes, the Mexican border, the 1980s Savings, and Loan crisis, and the bribery scandal that put Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham in jail. 

Jerry Kammer has received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for reporting from Mexico and a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the team of reporters who exposed the Cunningham scandal. He also won the Gerald Loeb Award for reporting on Phoenix financier Charles H Keating, the central figure of the Savings & Loan scandal.

 After three decades as a reporter, Kammer joined the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C. as a Senior Research Fellow. He retired in 2020 after writing his most recent book, “Losing Control,” which tells the story of the past 50 years of U.S. Immigration politics and policy.

Upcoming events:
December 13th: Open Read

What local book clubs are reading:

Inspirational Book Club
The Photo Thief by J.L Delozier
When: Every Monday at Barnes& Noble @ 10:00-11:00 am.
New members welcome!

CDG/SCASD Community Book Club
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson.
When: 3rd Wednesday of the month, October 19th @, 7-8 pm.
Where: Virtual

AAUW Book Club (Adelante)
The Hell of a Book by Jason Mott
When: Every other month on the 3rd Thursday, December 15th, @ 2:30 pm.
Where: Virtual

Well-Read Book Club
Her Hidden Genuis by Marie Benedict
When: 4th Wednesday of the month* November 30th @7-8 pm.
Where: Virtual
Register at Schlow Library
*change to the 4th Wednesday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

For more information on any of these Book clubs, or if you want your book club listed, contact

The Nittany Valley Writers’ Network is a sharing, supportive community linking local writers of all genres and levels of experience. For more information, contact Dave at