[News Flash] July 29, 2018

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Congratulations to Sandy McMahon, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of HEART BERRIES BY TERESE MAILHOT.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Rebecca Fish Ewan! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of BY THE FORCES OF GRAVITY. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Interview with Rebecca Fish Ewan (rfishewan) and #GIVEAWAY of BY THE FORCES OF GRAVITY! https://t.co/YPBoIPBA0O…

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Interview with Rebecca Fish Ewan and GIVEAWAY

Saturday, July 28, 2018

I’m so excited to introduce everyone to Rebecca Fish Ewan, author of By the Forces of Gravity. I met Rebecca last year at Hippocamp, Hippocampus Magazine’s annual Creative Nonfiction conference. She approached me after my breakout session on Experimental Writing and talked about her work, which combined drawings and free verse. It was exactly the type of thing I wanted to add to my presentation, so I was extremely grateful! She even…

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Research in Memoir

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

  On the one hand, it’s easy to discount the need for research in memoir. I mean, who knows your life better than you do? There was actually a good bit of research that went into crafting Girlish.  I spoke at length with my siblings, various family members and had many conversations with both my childhood friends and some of my parents’ friends. I read a lot of memoir and poetry…

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[News Flash] July 22, 2018

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

  Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Terese Mailhot! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Heart Berries. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Terese Mailhot and GIVEAWAY for Heart Berries https://t.co/TBI42cy6jg pic.twitter.com/DHXpxl7XLl — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) July 21, 2018 News from the 2018 Debs:   Julie Clark had a full week of book…

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Interview with Terese Mailhot and GIVEAWAY for Heart Berries

Saturday, July 21, 2018

I am so excited to welcome Terese Marie Mailhot to the blog today, and introduce her and her searingly beautiful memoir to the Deb community! About Heart Berries: Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman’s coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder…

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If You Can Visualize It, It Can Be Yours—Or Maybe Not

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

I held a story in my chest and this story breathed when I breathed, and it flowed through my veins and pulsed with my heartbeat. I couldn’t shut it off. Everything else I tried to write was colored by it. My story needed to be told, so I put it down on pages and it became a book, and then I didn’t have to carry it any longer. As I…

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[News Flash] July 15, 2018

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Congratulations to Kris Erin Clink, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Sarah Kuhn’s Heroine Complex.   News from the 2018 Debs: Julie Clark had a great time with the Oceanside Moms book club…a very special group near and dear to my heart.   Kaitlyn Sage Patterson is excited to finally be able to share that she’ll be in Greenville, South Carolina for Read Up! Greenville in October!   Cass Morris is drafting. Definitely not working…

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In Which Lara Lillibridge raves about RED: A CRAYON’S STORY

Saturday, July 14, 2018

I am breaking with the interview format today because I am so completely nuts over RED by Michael Hall, a 40-page picture book about a blue crayon who is mistakenly given a red label at the factory. While it is a wonderful resource for trans and gender-queer kids and those who love them, I think it will resonate with anyone who has ever felt as if the world expects them to…

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[News Flash] July 8, 2018

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Sarah Kuhn! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Heroine’s Journey. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Check out our interview with Sarah Kuhn, Author of HEROINE’S JOURNEY + Giveaway! https://t.co/Zi0JfOuMc7 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) July 7, 2018   News from the 2018 Debs:   Kimmery Martin escaped the hellish heat…

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Being Female is my Super Power

    When I decided to leap over the abyss of common sense and devote myself to writing, I came across the infamous “Write Like a Motherfucker” essay by Cheryl Strayed. So write, Elissa Bassist. Not like a girl. Not like a boy. Write like a motherfucker. —Cheryl Strayed I held onto Cheryl Strayed’s words all through college. When I needed help, I turned to my Facebook Binders group. I met…

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
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