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The Gift of Books

Books are my go-to gift. Most of the adults in my life have enough “stuff.” They don’t need another scarf or candle or necktie. But, if they are anything like me, they always need something new to read. Here are some books I’ve given as gifts to people I love. You’re Not You by Michelle Wildgen….
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Controversy in CHASING THE SUN

As you know, yesterday deb Natalia Sylvester’s debut novel, CHASING THE SUN, came out into the world. The novel is about a lot of things. It’s about family. Crime. Power. Sacrifices and choices. It’s also about controversy. You see, CHASING THE SUN is set during a period in Peruvian history swathed in mixed emotions. There are several references in the…
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Guest author Erin Celello Shares her Road to Publication + Giveaway

Today we have guest author Erin Celello here at the Debutante Ball! Erin is the author of two novels, Miracle Beach and Learning to Stay, which was nominated for a 2013 PEN/Faulkner award. After spending nearly a decade in political communications, she is now an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Erin lives in Madison,…
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Give it all, give it now

Just a short post today for a quick burst of inspiration. The late American artist Sam Fink published a gorgeous, illustrated version of Annie Dillard‘s advice to writers in a book called Give It All, Give It Now (Welcome Books, 2009). The quotations featured in the illustrations are from Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life (Harper Perennial, 1990). These beautiful pictures and words help inspire me when my usual arsenal of writing tricks and tips fails me.