Deb Linda and the Angst of the Unoppressed Reader

Like a lot of you, I was fortunate enough to be raised in a household that didn’t censor my reading. Book banning was an alien concept to me. While I admit this was mostly a good thing (being the only girl on the block with easy access to Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask did make my house a popular hangout for my…

Friday, September 30, 2011

Deb Rachel’s Library Lesson

I have a little brother. He’s 10. We’re not related by blood, of course. But according to Big Brothers, Big Sisters, we’re family. On Tuesday night, my husband and I took our little guy to the library. Usually we go to the basketball court or the museum or the movies, but this was a school night so the public library seemed the appropriate option. En route, I decided to teach…

Thursday, September 29, 2011

An Open Letter to Book Banners, From Deb Molly

Dear Book Banners, First of all, let me thank you for all the hard work you do. Without you, we wouldn’t be celebrating Banned Books Week in the first place! Just plain “Books Week” is much less exciting. By trying to get books banned from schools and libraries, you confer a degree of sexiness and danger on us that we might not otherwise have. Wait, do I sound sarcastic? I’m…

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Deb Erika’s Gotta Cut Loose

I have a confession: I had no idea there was such a concept as book banning (or burning for that matter) until I saw the movie Footloose in 1984. True story. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, in an early scene one of the residents of the small town interrupts a social gathering to report his concern that the library is offering the book (if memory serves)…

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Deb Joanne discusses Banned Books Week

It’s banned books week.  Most of you know what that means (if you don’t, check out the link) and I can’t really add to what other smart writers, librarians, and book lovers have already said about the crappiness that is censorship (and I certainly can’t say it any better than Judy Blume), so I’m going to talk about one of the most banned and challenged books out there, written by…

Monday, September 26, 2011

News Flash: September 25, 2011

Congrats to Laura Kay, winner of a copy of Kathleen Grissom’s The Kitchen House! From the 2012 Debs… Deb Joanne is heading off to New York City next week to meet with her editor (with her new luggage – pictured here).  She is not at all sure why she is so excited about her luggage, but she is.   Please read on, Erika’s news is really much more exciting than talk…

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Debutante Ball welcomes Lisa Schroeder (Giveaway!)

Lisa Schroeder is a native Oregonian and has fond memories of visiting the Salem Public Library and borrowing many, many books when she was a child. She’s the author of four young adult novels including Chasing Brooklyn, a 2011 Texas Tayshas selection and 2011 RWA Rita finalist, and her most recent release, The Day Before (both with Simon Pulse). She’s also published two middle grade novels, It’s Raining Cupcakes and Sprinkles and Secrets (both with Aladdin).   Sprinkles and…

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Deb Linda Says Enough Foreplay — Cut to the Chase Already!

Here’s a snippet of a conversation I had with TG (hubs) in the car prior to writing this post. Me: I have to blog about anticipation at The Debutante Ball this week. TG: *snickers* Me: *ignores snickering* So, how would you say I handle anticipation? TG: You’re kidding, right? Ha-ha-ha-ha! Me: *sighs* Um, yeah. Anticipation is a double-edged sword. And both edges slice right through me. Okay, okay…maybe that’s a…

Friday, September 23, 2011

Deb Rachel Loves Anticipation. Except When She Hates It.

I have a love-hate relationship with anticipation. I love it in theory. I hate it in practice. When I was a kid, I wanted so much to be surprised by my Christmas and Hanukkah presents (we celebrated both). But every year, when my parents weren’t home, I’d sneak down to the basement, open the door to the weird little closet next to our second refrigerator, and unwrap and rewrap each…

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Deb Molly Ponders the Limitless Potential of a New Sweater

School shopping was kind of a big deal in my family. A few weeks before school started, my mother would take us shopping for new clothes — new jeans, new shoes, new sweaters that we wouldn’t be able to wear until the weather actually turned cold in another month or two. And we didn’t just go to the boring old mall in Madison; no, we’d go to a fancy mall…

Wednesday, September 21, 2011