Looking Back, Looking Ahead: October 2018

Mahalo to our first four guest authors: Rene Denfeld, Lori Rader-Day, Suzanne Baltsar and Elizabeth Rosner. Please check out their interviews and read their amazing books! This week we welcome Nicole Blades and her novel, Have You Met Nora? ! Please read the guest author interview on The Debutante Ball site. Looking ahead: please be on the lookout for 45 or so more guest author interviews and giveaways — including Nicole Chung and her memoir, All You Can Ever Know; Vanessa Hua and her novel, A River of Stars; and Nell Painter and her memoir, Old in Art School. Stay tuned!


photo by Gary Norman


The Child Finder is a international bestseller, with a starred Publisher Weekly review, an Indie Next pick and more.

Paula McClain says, “Denfeld delivers an emotional wallop as well as page-turning suspense.” The Child Finder is a rare novel that celebrates the strength of women to save each other and themselves.





Rader-Day’s book, The Day I Died,  is the 2018 winner of the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original! Lori Rader-Day is a three-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee, winning the award in 2016 for her second novel, Little Pretty Things. She is also the author of Under a Dark Sky, and of The Black Hour, a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark, Thriller, Anthony, and Barry Awards.



Trouble Brewing by Suzanne BaltsarAuthor Suzanne BaltsarSUZANNE BALTSAR:

Baltsar’s debut novel Trouble Brewing is a contemporary romance about a smart, ambitious woman making her way in the male-dominated world of beer brewing.




photo by Judy Dater


As featured on NPR and in The New York Times, Survivor Cafe is a bold work of nonfiction that examines the ways that survivors, witnesses, and post-war generations talk about and shape traumatic experiences.

As firsthand survivors of many of the twentieth century’s most monumental events–the Holocaust, Hiroshima, the Killing Fields–begin to pass away, Survivor Cafe addresses urgent questions: How do we carry those stories forward? How do we collectively ensure that the horrors of the past are not forgotten?

Elizabeth’s third novel Electric City was named among the best books of 2014 by NPR, and her previous novels Blue Nude and The Speed Of Light were both highly acclaimed national bestsellers, translated into multiple languages. The Speed of Light was shortlisted for the Prix Femina in 2002.


Author: Devi Laskar

Poet, photographer, soccer mom, VONA & TheOpEdProject alum, Columbia MFA, former reporter, debut novelist!