Congratulations to donnas, who won Amanda Kyle Williams’ The Stranger You Seek!
From the 2012 Debs…
Deb Erika is thrilled to announce that her novel, LITTLE GALE GUMBO, is a Goodreads giveaway for the next two weeks! Go on over and throw your hat in the ring for one of 25 copies!
Deb Linda is happy to have survived her initiation into Deb-hood without her head falling off. Much.
Deb Molly is excited about a brand-new class she’s teaching this semester, an intensive monthly workshop for YA & children’s book writers called, appropriately, the YA & Children’s Writing Workshop. (And you do NOT want to know how long it took to come up with that title!)
Deb Joanne is also delighted to have survived her first post without too much ridicule and finger-pointing.
Deb Rachel is ringing in Labor Day with some new friends. Of the human and Skinny Girl Margarita variety.
Past Deb News
Deb Eleanor‘s penultimate 2011 event will be at the Englewood Public Library in Englewood, CO, on Thursday, September 8th at 6:30 pm. Come say hello if you’re local (or if you’re not – Colorado’s really pretty)!
Deb Kim had a pre-interview with BBC’s Outlook radio programme (see how Brit she is?) The half hour interview will take place this month, details to follow.
Deb Jenny will be in Manhattan on Wednesday September 7 at the launch of Wade Rouse‘s humorous dog anthology I’M NOT THE BIGGEST BITCH IN THIS RELATIONSHIP. With a powerhouse list of contributing authors, the book has garnered a lot of early buzz and the party should be a blast. Anyone around NY/NJ/CT who can stop in for champagne, authors and dogs (what’s not to love?!), feel free to do so at Trixie + Peanut Dog Emporium, 23 East 20th Street, 5-8 pm. Bitch is an Indie pick for September, and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Ladies Home Journal. Some proceeds benefit the Humane Society of the US so please do check it out on Amazon!
Oh also Deb Jenny’s novel SLIM TO NONE is approaching a top ten list on Amazon–it’s up there with Chelsea Handler and Tina Fey, so go check it out and help Deb Jenny climb the list!
Friends of the Debs
If you’re in the Atlanta, GA metro area, don’t forget to check out the Decatur Book Festival this weekend, featuring Friends of the Debs like Tayari Jones, Amanda Kyle Williams, Joshilyn Jackson, Alma Katsu, Elizabeth Stuckey-French, Libba Bray, Holly Tucker, Holly LeCraw, A.J. Mayhew, and over 300 other wonderful authors.
Deb Dish — Tell us five things that are in your purse right now
This will be the lamest answer ever, because I’m really not a purse gal and tend to keep things very minimalist, but here goes: wallet with all the standard stuff, pen, lip balm from bath and body works, Tide pen (I’m a bit of a spaz when I eat sometimes) and a spare hair elastic. Sorry to disappoint – my next dish will be way more interesting, I promise!
The running joke in our family is that I am Helen Hunt’s sister from Mad About You, you know the one who pulls umbrellas out of her purse? You really never know what is in there, but usually if you need it (you know, for when you run into MacGyver), I’ve got it. For example, today in my purse I have a pair of my daughter’s socks (clean, but that isn’t always a given), a dispenser of Band-Aids given out at my husband’s medical insurance meeting, a Maine State Ferry service schedule, a tube of Smith’s Rosebud lip salve, and a paper coaster from Sebago Brewing Company.
Does anyone else make sure a purse is large enough to hold your journal before buying it? Whenever I shop for handbags, I always end up standing in the middle of the store, trying to shove notebooks into each bag. Salespeople love me. Anyway, my current purse is shaped like a carpet-bag, wider at the bottom than the top, and though it doesn’t actually look that big, I can fit my journal, datebook, phone, wallet, keys, twenty pens and a hundred different tubes of lipgloss, a sweater in case it gets cold, and usually some kind of lunch if I’m heading to work. And yesterday at Costco I managed to shove two giant clamshells of blueberries into it, so I wouldn’t have to carry them around the store. Win!
I too seem to keep a little of everything in my purse. Handbags are to me what shoes were to Carrie Bradshaw (minus the $500 price tag). In fact, the navy blue number I’m carrying right now is a one-week old newbie. I’m reaching in and here are the first five things I pull out: overstuffed wallet full of receipts I need to log in my business expenses, empty envelope that I think once held a paycheck, a pair of $7 Walgreens headphones, two sets of vintage dice I just bought at an antique shop, a voice recorder (because you’ll never know when you need to log an interview? I have no idea.)
Ha! Tough to narrow it down — it’s more like what don’t I have in my purse. I like to be prepared for any eventuality. Let’s see, aside from the usual stuff, like wallet and keys…1. one of those cut-off stocking things they give out at shoe stores, because you never know when you’re going to try on shoes someplace that’s out of them, 2. my Kindle, 3. a tiny screwdriver for fixing glasses 4. emergency chocolate, and 5. a crap-ton of old grocery store receipts. Yes, I really need to clean out my purse.