News Flash, October 5

We at the Ball were thrilled with the response to Joanne Rendell‘s guest post last week which quoted a frustrated Nathaniel Hawthorne, thus: “America is now given over to a damned mob of scribbling women.” We set up a CafePress store featuring T-shirts and other items that declare our pride in being Damned Scribbling Women (or, for the guys, Equal Opportunity Readers). Thanks Joanne for the inspiration, and the store can be found here. Proceeds will go to breast cancer research.

Deb Gail continues to take the world by storm with Cancer is a Bitch, Or, I’d Rather Be Having a Midlife Crisis. She’s reading tonight at 7 p.m. at Bluestockings Radical Bookstore, 172 Allen St., New York City. Monday at 3:20 p.m. to 3:35 p.m., Gail will be on Westwood One Radio with Dr. Drew for a live interview. Also in New York City Tuesday, Gail will be part of the KGB Bar Non-Fiction Reading Series, at 7 p.m., located at 85 E. Fourth St. Then on Saturday, Gail will be at the Madison, Wisc. Borders store, 3750 University Ave., at 7 p.m. for a reading and at La Brioche True Food Madison, 2862 University Ave., for an 8:30 p.m. launch party.

If you can’t catch Gail any of these places — or even if you can — check out a recent TV interview here.

Deb Meredith will be at Bouchercon, an annual mystery convention, next weekend in Baltimore, MD. She will be on a panel called “Beginnings” with other debut authors on Sunday (October 12) in the morning.

Deb 2008 News
Deb Jenny will discuss her novel, Sleeping with Ward Cleaver, at the James Rivers Writers Festival, October 10 at the Library of Virginia.

And Deb Jenny was thrilled that an entire book club was motivated to start running after having read Sleeping with Ward Cleaver. They trained for and ran a 4-miler last month, and are now training for a 10-miler in the spring!

Deb Danielle’s Falling Under will be featured all week, starting Monday October 6th, for a noon time book chat at two fabulous blogs, J. Kaye’s Book Blog and Literarily. Come each day at noon (or check in later in the day) to participate and see what readers have to say about Falling Under.

Deb Danielle has received two more fabulous reviews. Curled Up With A Good Book and S. Krishna’s Books calls Falling Under “an astonishing debut novel reminiscent of Janet Fitch’s bestselling debut, White Oleander and says “The writing in Falling Under really is amazing, some of the passages so beautiful that they hurt. Younge-Ullman has a talent for turning the shadows of life into a thing of beauty, almost poetry.”

M.J. Hollingshed at Author’s Den and The Compulsive Reader said “Younge-Ullman is a first rate story teller”, called the writing “masterful” and gave Falling Under a rave review.

And check out this interview with Danielle at author (and guest deb) Amy Guth’s blog, Big Mouth Indeed Strikes Again.

Deb Friend News:

Deb Friends
Karen Dionne, founder of Backspace, a wonderful online writing group to which a number of Debs over the years belong, is launching her exciting debut novel this week. Freezing Point, an eco-terrorism thriller, has received ringing endorsements and fantastic reviews across the board. Author David Morrell (whose novel First Blood launched the Rambo movie franchise) calls Dionne “The New Michael Crichton.” High praise indeed.