Her First Ball

        A debut year for any writer is exciting and joyful. And it can also be stressful, frightening, frustrating, and lonely. In my little corner of the world, it’s been hard for me to find other writers to connect with, although I’m lucky to have a small circle. Even if you live in a big city, though, with lots of different writers’ groups available, the odds of…

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Looking Back on the Ball

It’s hard to believe my year on the Debutante Ball is almost up (and my book comes out in less than a month—what??). For me, the most valuable aspects of being a Deb have been: Exposure to new books! The 2019 Debs and the guests we’ve hosted represent a diverse spread of genres and categories, and through them I’ve been introduced to so many books I might not have come…

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Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Next-generation debutante

Aloha! It’s that time of year, when the class of 2019 looks into the near future and selects the next wave of debs – class of 2020! The year of perfect vision! Starts this fall! Please check out K.A. Doore’s wonderful post, she diligently described the Debutante Ball functions and the Debs’ tasks. It looks like a lot. But when spread among five people who will be lifelong friends, it…

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What Kai Got Out of the Debutante Ball

Omygoodness it’s that time already?? I remember reading the Debutante Ball all of last year, waiting and waiting for that application window to open. I love writing about writing, about process, about story and worldbuilding and characters and other books. I also wanted a regular, dependable outlet during all the Crazy Wot Is Debut Year, and an opportunity to meet other authors in a similar place. I was thrilled beyond…

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[News Flash] June 2, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Lillian Li! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Number One Chinese Restaurant. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): We are so excited to host @ZillianZi this week @DebutanteBall! RT & follow for a chance to win NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT @MFournierWatson @KA_Doore…

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Interview with Lillian Li and Giveaway for NUMBER ONE CHINESE RESTAURANT

    I’m so excited to be hosting author Lillian Li this week! Lillian Li is the author of the novel Number One Chinese Restaurant, which was longlisted for the Women’s Prize, the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and an NPR Best Book of 2018. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Granta, One Story, Bon Appetit, and Jezebel. Originally from the D.C. metro area, she lives…

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Unbeach Reads

    I’m not usually one for “beach reads.” I mean, I’m always reading, but I also would almost always prefer a big, heavy, literary tome to something light and funny. I see no problem with sobbing over the ending of Anna Karenina while sipping a Mai Tai on vacation. When I was eleven, I took on the task of reading The Executioner’s Song because I was looking for something…

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Hot and Cold

I’ve already talked about the books I can’t wait to read this summer on my podcast, so I figured for this post I’d recommend a few books I’ve already read which I think should be in beach bags everywhere this summer: Keep it cool with Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips I have no doubt this is going to be one of my top 10 books of 2019. Phillips’s novel of…

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Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Stocking Up for Summer

Aloha! I’ve been celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this month, albeit intermittently. Each week, I’ve posted a stack of books by authors (and friends!) whose work I love and admire. And I thought I’d end the month with a visual guide to a stack of really great books that you should check out this summer — some are upcoming titles, such as Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok…

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