The Best Resolution is No Resolution

Monday, December 31, 2018

Most New Years, I have a tidy little list of resolutions – not too many, of course – and I make a valiant effort of keeping up with them. Sometimes I veer wildly off track within the month, sometimes within the week. But my type A Virgo heart needs resolutions and goals and a thoroughly mapped road to travel, even if by next week it’ll all be moot. It’s the…


[News Flash] December 30, 2018

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Chelene Knight! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Dear Current Occupant. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): Delighted to have award-winning Canadian author @PoetChelene as our @DebutanteBall guest! RT & follow to win a copy of her amazing #memoir DEAR CURRENT OCCUPANT…


Interview with Chelene Knight + DEAR CURRENT OCCUPANT giveaway

We are so thrilled to have Vancouver-based author and poet Chelene Knight as our guest on The Debutante Ball this week!! Chelene has been published in various Canadian and American literary magazines, and her work is widely anthologized. Chelene is currently the managing editor at Room magazine, and the 2018 Programming Director for the Growing Room Festival, and CEO of #LearnWritingEssentials. Chelene has been a judge for many writing contests…

Saturday, December 29, 2018

2018 Hit List

Friday, December 28, 2018

    An American Marriage by Tayari Jones** From the publisher: Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. In this deft exploration of…


The Best Writing Advice of 2018

Thursday, December 27, 2018

This year, we interviewed dozens of authors for The Debutante Ball about what it’s like to become a writer. We asked them for their most helpful tips for established and emerging writers alike, and they had so much to say on an array of topics: from becoming a literary citizen to learning how to persevere through doubt to the magic of releasing a book into the world. It’s the end…


Layne’s Top Reads of 2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

So many amazing books came out this year, it was tough to choose! But these are my top 10 favorite books released in 2018, in the order I read them, most recent to least: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab – I enjoyed Schwab’s Vicious when I read it a few years ago, but to be honest I never totally understood its obsessive cult following. But for me, her long-awaited sequel Vengeful…


Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things….

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

These are some of my favorite books of 2018 (in no particular order): Heart Berries by Marie Terese Mailhot. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez. There There by Tommy Orange. The Carrying by Ada Limon. Dear Current Occupant by Chelene Knight.  Still Lives by Maria Hummel. All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung. Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Christine O’Brien. Feeding a Thousand Souls by Vijaya Nagarajan. Old…


2018 Books of Awesome, Limited Edition

Monday, December 24, 2018

I read a total of 30 books this year, which for some is a lot, and for others is hardly worth mentioning. For me, with a dayjob, a toddler, edits, copy edits, and a whole book to write, it was kind of astounding. I don’t have a lot of time to just sit and read – so I don’t. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and – when the weather’s nice…


[News Flash] December 23, 2018

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Reyna Grande! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of A Dream Called Home. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): We had a fascinating conversation with @reynagrande this week about art & publishing that you should read right now. RT & follow for a…


Reyna Grande on writing across genres + learning the business of publishing + GIVEAWAY of A DREAM CALLED HOME

Please welcome Reyna Grande to the Ball this week! Reyna is an award-winning author whose stunning memoir The Distance Between Us was a New York Times bestseller, and whose novels have been adapted as a common read selection in classrooms across the country. A Dream Called Home, which came out this year, is Reyna’s fourth book, and we are incredibly honored to have her as a guest. In A Dream Called Home,…

Saturday, December 22, 2018