News Flash–Memorial Day Edition

Extra, extra, read all about it!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 Book Council’s networking event (think: two minutes to present the book to organizations across the country who are looking for speakers for their groups). The best part was lunch after with Facebook writing friends she’d never met before in real life. This weekend will be a computer-free weekend of reading and relaxation with her whole family.

Heather Young managed to avoid stressing out about her two-month pre-publication date by spending two days offline hiking and staying at cozy inns with her husband, celebrating a much more important date: her 25th wedding anniversary.

Abby Fabiaschi is filled with gratitude for all the men and women who have served, and are currently serving, our country. Happy Memorial Day …

Aya de Leon is slowly recovering from her freeze/panic, and has finished a rough draft of a short story tentatively titled, “Rescuing the Dead.” The story features her protagonist from UPTOWN THIEF, Marisol Rivera, and takes place in Marisol’s native territory of Puerto Rico. As the island’s debt crisis worsens in real time, Aya wants to use the platform of her debut novel to bring attention to this catastrophe of colonization.

What We Loved On the Internet This Week:

* John Green’s commencement speech at Kenyon College is a must read on the power, and vulnerability, of allowing yourself to listen.

* Meanwhile, David Foster Wallace’s 2009 commencement speech (also at Kenyon College) has Emily Harnett at LitHub all up in arms and we stood up and cheered her: How the Best Commencement Speech of All Time Was Bad for Literature.

* In keeping with last week’s theme of “writing while female,” we loved this She Writes blog post by Joan Steinau Lester: The Courage to Write

Author: Louise Miller

Louise Miller is the author of THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking/August 9, 2016), the story of a commitment-phobic pastry chef who discovers the meaning of belonging while competing in the cut-throat world of Vermont county fair baking contests. Find out more at

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