News Flash: February 20, 2011

Congrats to Madeline Mora-Summonte who won Deborah Harkness’s A Discovery of Witches!

From the 2011 Debs…

Check out today’s New York Times, where you can see Deb Eleanor’s The Weird Sisters on the Best Sellers list for hardcover fiction!

Deb Elise received an incredibly wonderful blurb from amazing author Matthew Quick (also a past Deb Ball guest, and husband to 2010 Deb Alicia Bessette).  He says, “Hilarious, psychologically chewy, downright Machiavellian, and heartfelt in all the most satisfying ways. POPULAZZI had me blazing through pages. Elise Allen rocks!”  Thanks so much, Q!!!

Deb Kim can only say, “Congratulations, Deb Eleanor on the amazing accomplishment!”

Past Deb News…

Sarah Pekkanen's Skipping a beatDeb Sarah Pekkanen’s Skipping a Beat comes out on Tuesday! Recommended by Jen Lancaster (Bitter is the New Black), Emily Giffin (Something Borrowed), Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Krauss (The Nanny Diaries), Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal (with a starred review!).

Deb Dish — The Author with whom the Debs Would Most Like to Share a Meal

Deb Elise

Please forgive me, but I’m going to put down three.  One’s a fantasy, one’s a possibility, and one is on the books.

The one that’s more of a fantasy at the moment is Meg Cabot.  I adore her writing voice, and I feel like conversation with her would move seamlessly back and forth between deeply meaningful and fabulously goofy.  Plus she’s a huge Glee fan, and lord knows I could talk about that all day and night.

The meal I’m dying to have that I hope I can actually swing in the not-too-distant future is one with Eileen Cook.  I’ve been talking smack with her for awhile now about our future catfights over Johnny Depp, Colin Firth, and Duran Duran’s John Taylor.  I have no doubt a meal with her would swim in laughter, snarkiness,  and vast quantities of wine.

Finally, Deb Eleanor’s coming to L.A. and I CANNOT WAIT to have a meal with her and toast her massive success!!!

Deb Eleanor

Maeve Binchy.  I bet she would just keep me entertained the whole time with chatty little stories about Dublin.  And since she’s Irish, we could eat boxty.  I don’t know what that is, but it sounds fun.

Deb Kim I think I’d like to dine with Charles Dickens or Dr. Suess. Both of whom could discuss writing, social change and politics with a keen wit and eye.

Deb Sarah

On my list would definitely be Ruth Reichl, former editor in chief of Gourmet (for which I had the honor of contributing to before it was shuttered last year)! I have adored her books over the years and her tweets always make me so hungry. The woman could tweet about rice cakes, and I’d want one stat.

Deb Tawna

I like getting the most bang for my buck, so I’d say Jimmy Buffet. What? He’s an author. One of only eight to hit the New York Times bestseller list in both fiction and non-fiction (Tales from Margaritaville and Where Is Joe Merchant? for fiction and A Pirate Looks At Fifty for non-fiction). Plus there’s the added bonus that he’d surely want to do lunch in some funky little seaside bar in the Caribbean where we’d sit with our toes in the sand and Jimmy would serenade me. Just to complete the fantasy, he’d tell me how much he enjoyed the fact that I mentioned his music in Making Waves.

9 Replies to “News Flash: February 20, 2011”

  1. Congrats, Deb Eleanor and Deb Elise.

    Great Deb question, too. All those authors would be great to share a meal with. As for me, I already got to have lunch with a fantastic author when Deb Tawna came through my neck of the woods last month. Can’t imagine anyone who could be more fun than she was. 🙂

      1. No Egg McMuffinns, but we did share a wonderful beet salad and a dreamy dessert made with chocolate cake and, get this, bacon. (Yummy. Thought it might come down to dueling forks over it, but we restrained ourselves.) We each had our own entree, though.

  2. Count me in for dinner Elise. And for the record- I’m pretty sure I can take you in a cat fight- especially if Colin Firth goes to the winner. I’d fight dirty.

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