News Flash! First Days of Summer Edition!

News Flash
Sunday, June 26, 2016

  Congratulations to Brandi Megan Grannett, winner of Erika Swyler’s THE BOOK OF SPECULATION! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Katherine Ozment’s GRACE WITHOUT GOD. From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller was absolutely thrilled to discover that THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING was reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and that the reviewer enjoyed the book! Jennifer S. Brown had a wonderful discussion/reading with Marian McMahon…

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Losing Myself in the Past: My Writing Playlists

"Anything Goes" by Cole Porter
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Historical fiction requires a completely different mindset. To lose yourself in another time, it helps to experience it. To write MODERN GIRLS, I needed to block out the twenty-first century and pretend I lived in the first half of the twentieth century. So I immersed myself in the spirit of the 1930s, using every sense I could. I looked at the paintings Dottie sees at MOMA. I listened to music…

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News Flash–Father’s Day Edition

News Flash
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Congratulations to Theresa, winner of Shannon Kirk‘s METHOD 15/33! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Erika Swyler’s THE BOOK OF SPECULATION! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller has had a cheery week! She heard clips from her audiobook narrator, saw her Swedish book cover, and finalized her book launch bookstore (GO BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH!) and launch party location. Jennifer S. Brown is counting down the days till…

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Living Other Lives: The Adventure of Writing

Adventure Awaits
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

As I wrote about when our theme was regrets, I have had more than my share of adventures in life. I’ve hitchhiked in Bulgaria, picked kiwis in Israel, and spent three months driving solo across the United States, and those are just the things I’m willing to admit to on a public website. Now I’m a middle-aged mother of two. My big excitement is the Black Manhattan my husband makes…

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News Flash–Promotion Edition

News Flash
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Congratulations to Nicole Evelina, winner of Julie Christine Johnson’s IN ANOTHER LIFE Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Shannon Kirk’s METHOD 15/33! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller tossed out the book she was working on. It was liberating. And scary. She has a setting she is crazy-excited about, and a character, and is playing with plot. Jennifer S. Brown is visiting book groups in…

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The Memory of Food

A menu from the Stork Club in NYC
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Even without invoking that most famous literary food of memory, I think we can all agree that food has the capability of being a direct conduit to our past. The smell of onions frying on the stove brings me back to brunch at my grandparents’ house, where my grandfather sautéed onions to add–with hardboiled eggs–to the chopped liver I adored. No one makes spaghetti sauce like my mother, and when…

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News Flash–Sunshine Edition

News Flash
Sunday, June 5, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Miller-Young, winner of Antonia Crane’s SPENT! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Julie Christine Johnson’s IN ANOTHER LIFE From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller had the delightful task of listening to clips of actors reading and offering her opinion on who would make the best Livvy for THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING audiobook! Jennifer S. Brown had a completely relaxing Memorial Day…

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Regrets? Who Has Time for Regrets?

"If you're going to do something tonight that you'll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late." --Henny Youngman
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

We’re talking about regrets this week. Which means this is going to be a very short post. Because, as strange as this sounds, I have almost no regrets in my life. I mean, regrets? Who has time for regrets? (It is physically impossible for me to write about regret without singing “My Way”: “Regrets, I’ve had a few.”) (What? You were expecting Frank Sinatra? I would have regretted doing something…

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News Flash–Memorial Day Edition

News Flash
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Congratulations to Nicole Tone, winner of Adria Cimino’s debut PARIS, RUE DES MARTYRS. Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Antonia Crane’s SPENT! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller is over the moon happy to find The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living featured in The Wall Street Journal’s  Summer Book Extravaganza!  Jennifer S. Brown spent much of the week in New York, pitching MODERN GIRLS at the Jewish…

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Writing While Being a Woman

VIDA Count for New York Times Book Review
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This week we’re writing about women in publishing, and all I can think is “still”? It’s 2016, people. Aren’t we over this whole gender thing yet? And yet… Just last week The Observer published an article entitled “Why Hasn’t ‘The Late Show’ Invited Any Female Novelists?: The nine fiction writers who have appeared on Colbert’s talker have all been men.” The Jennifer Weiner/Jonathan Franzen feud (as one-sided as it seems…

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