Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Southern belle

Aloha. This week we are to write about where we live and how this influences our writing. Although I’m in California these days, I was born and raised in North Carolina. Prior to moving out west, I’d spent sixteen years in Georgia. The first time I wrote the story that eventually became The Atlas of Reds and Blues, I still lived in an Atlanta suburb — and I wrote about…

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Structure of a Tucson June

Monday, April 29, 2019

This week we’re talking about where we live (or have lived) and how that influenced our books. This topic’s an easy one for me because Ghadid wouldn’t exist if I’d never moved to Arizona. Every story I’ve written has reflected the place I was living at the time, from swampy, buggy, storm-brewing Florida to gray and damp and otherworldly Seattle to arid yet surprisingly vibrant Arizona. When I describe the…


[News Flash] April 28, 2019

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Danya Kukafka! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Girl in Snow. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): We are so excited to host @danyakukafka this week! RT this interview & follow @DebutanteBall for a chance to win her bestselling book GIRL IN…


Interview with Danya Kukafka + giveaway of bestselling novel GIRL IN SNOW!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

This week, I am so excited to welcome Danya Kukafka, whose debut novel GIRL IN SNOW (Simon & Schuster, 2017) was not only a national bestseller, but a book I was blessed to read when it was still in the editing stage! Danya and I once worked together at a time when I knew nothing about what it was like to actually publish a book. As I watched Danya work…


Dear Booksellers…

Friday, April 26, 2019

    Like most writers, I’ve been an avid reader since the day I learned to read, and some of my fondest childhood memories are of the independent book stores I frequented with my family. Every time we visited the small town in Ontario where my grandparents lived, for instance, a visit to the bookstore was in order. My parents would let my brother and me browse for ages and…


I love bookstores, but I also love honest conversations about money

Bookstores are great. There is nothing more satisfying than walking into your neighborhood bookstore and reading all the wonderful staff recommendations. Bookstores honor and create space for needed conversation in a society that generally does not value the production of art. But as much as bookstores contribute to a richer human culture, I think sometimes we, especially us authors and book industry people, end up romanticizing bookstores a tad too…

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Bookstores of My Life

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

I’m fortunate to live in a city with a plethora of independent bookstores (and I’m looking forward to visiting as many of them as possible on Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday!). I could write a whole post just listing Chicago’s amazing indies, but I thought I’d feature some favorite bookstores from other places I’ve lived too. Women & Children First (Chicago, Illinois) First up, though: my very favorite independent bookstore…


Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Indie Love

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Aloha. K.A. Doore wrote an essay yesterday about the reader’s buying power and how the support of an independent bookstore helps save jobs and sustain a vibrant literary community. I have nothing to add to her excellent work – she said it so eloquently. I want to say that I’m so deeply grateful I have the love and support of Counterpoint Press. This amazing independent press was brave to embrace…


There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Book

Monday, April 22, 2019

Every few months or so there’s a new conversation about independent bookstores (or “indies”) and a certain big, monopoly behemoth that also sells books. On the one hand, monopolies are inherently bad for everyone but the monopoly. On the other hand, there are arguments to be made about ease of access, affordability, and even safety. I, honestly, don’t care which you choose, as long as you make an informed choice….


[News Flash] April 21, 2019

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kirstin Chen! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Bury What We Cannot Take. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): we are so excited to host @kirstin_chen this week on @DebutanteBall! RT & follow for a chance to win a copy…