Unbeach Reads

Friday, May 31, 2019

    I’m not usually one for “beach reads.” I mean, I’m always reading, but I also would almost always prefer a big, heavy, literary tome to something light and funny. I see no problem with sobbing over the ending of Anna Karenina while sipping a Mai Tai on vacation. When I was eleven, I took on the task of reading The Executioner’s Song because I was looking for something…

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Hot and Cold

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

I’ve already talked about the books I can’t wait to read this summer on my podcast, so I figured for this post I’d recommend a few books I’ve already read which I think should be in beach bags everywhere this summer: Keep it cool with Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips I have no doubt this is going to be one of my top 10 books of 2019. Phillips’s novel of…

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Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Stocking Up for Summer

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Aloha! I’ve been celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this month, albeit intermittently. Each week, I’ve posted a stack of books by authors (and friends!) whose work I love and admire. And I thought I’d end the month with a visual guide to a stack of really great books that you should check out this summer — some are upcoming titles, such as Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok…

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Summer is Gay

Monday, May 27, 2019

When I think of summer reads, I think of my youth spent staying up much too late devouring books with a flashlight or paging through books in the library while the a/c is going hard as it can. I think of the books read in one sitting, as light and satisfying as ice cream, or books read at the beach without getting (too) sunburnt. Books tucked into your backpack for…

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[News Flash] May 26, 2019

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Roselle Lim! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): So excited to host @rosellewriter this week on @DebutanteBall RT & follow for a chance to win Natalie Tan’s Book…

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Interview with Roselle Lim and Giveaway for Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune

Saturday, May 25, 2019

I could not be more thrilled to be hosting author Roselle Lim this week on the Ball! I’ve been waiting many months for her magical debut, Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune, to come out, and now it’s almost here! Roselle Lim was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Canada as a child. She lived in north Scarborough in a diverse, Asian neighbourhood. She found her love of…

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A Writing Education

Friday, May 24, 2019

    I’m always interested in talking about formal education when it comes to the arts, because these are vocations for which anything goes—you can study painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, or you can paint in a completely naïve, unschooled manner, learning everything by feel, and the validity of your art will not necessarily be affected. You will simply invite different kinds of judgement. I always go…

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Where should you study writing? Here’s where I’ve taken great workshops

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Looking to write a book? Here are some places I recommend you check out. While the offices for the following schools are based in New York City, I think they all offer online courses, so you can be based anywhere and still get a great writerly education! Sackett Street Writers Workshop – I took a novel generating course here and I am so glad I did! The course I took…

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The Greatest Teacher

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

My formal writing education is limited to a couple college courses on fiction writing and playwriting. I don’t remember much of anything I learned in those classes, though I suppose some of the knowledge must be rattling around in my subconscious somewhere. I’ve never had any desire to get an MFA (two useless graduate degrees is quite enough already, thank you). Most of what I know about writing books, I…

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Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Study, Steady

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

This week’s topic: “MFA vs NYC vs Choose Your Own Adventure.” Aloha. What if my writing education has been all three? I confess I’m a bit of a professional student. I love to be in a class, I love to have homework and get direction. The underlying motivation all throughout my writing life has been my desire to find community and gain skills, to chip away at a steady pace….

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