Zombies and Madonna and media literacy, oh my! by Deb Katie

This week at the Debutante Ball, our theme is Banned Books Week, which takes place between September 27 and October 4. Most of what I read as a child was pretty tame—just about every book was something that my parents could have picked up, started reading, and not had a problem with (which is good, because that tended to happen in my house—for instance, the week we all randomly picked…

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Backward, turn backward, oh Time in thy flight… by Deb Katie

(This week’s theme is “Back to School.” I never was much of a first day of school junkie, so I thought I’d turn it on its head a little.) I’m hopelessly nostalgic. It’s pretty sad. I can even make myself nostalgic for the present. In college, I used to walk across the campus and notice the way the brick buildings cut into the deep blue of the sky and think,…

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

THE DEBS and Starting Over by Guest Author Susan McBride

It seems like the perfect time to talk about starting fresh, especially with the new Debs taking charge of The Deb Ball. Which works out well for me, as it’s precisely what I wanted to discuss in my guest post. Oh, first, thank you, Debs, for having me. I’m wearing pearls, white gloves, and a tiara as I type this, just so I’ll feel in the spirit of things. (Okay,…

Saturday, September 6, 2008

A Conversation With Meg Tilly by Deb Danielle

A few weeks ago I met author (and former actress) Meg Tilly at a reading of her novel, Porcupine. I was so moved by her reading that I devoted the next day’s blog to it. I was also impressed with her writing and she was so open and lovely to chat with that I invited her to The Ball. And so I am obviously thrilled today, to have Meg Tilly…

Thursday, December 6, 2007

A Feast with All the Trimmings, with Guest Deb Meg Cabot by Deb Jenny

We thought it would be nice to serve our own little Thanksgiving feast this week, and what better way than to have fabulous guest author Meg Cabot, author of Big Boned (being released today!), the last in the hilarious Heather Well’s Mystery series, to dish with us today. A little background on Meg: Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological Year of the Fire Horse,…

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Blown Away by Meg Tilly by Deb Danielle

There was some talk of extending the topic of “being bad” just for me, since I had Amanda Eyre Ward as my guest last week and therefore missed a golden opportunity to reveal sordid details of my past and poke fun at myself for the sake of entertainment—mine and yours. I was eager to do so and had great plans for something funny, dark and maybe just a little bit…

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Lie That Tells the Truth: Q&A with Karen Karbo by Deb Danielle

I’m honored this week to host journalist and author, Karen Karbo, for a Q&A. Karen has had eleven books published including the novel, “Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me,” three books in the Minerva Clark teen detective series, and three works of non-fiction, including the most recent, “How to Hepburn: Lessons on Living from Kate the Great.” Karen’s adult novels have all been named New York Times Notable Books…

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Angsting on Ending by Guest Renee Rosen

We have a divine guest blogger today. Debut author Renee Rosen is joining us to talk about endings and getting through them with your sanity intact. Renee’s novel, Every Crooked Pot is the semi-autobiographical, coming of age tale of a girl on the outside looking in.  Chosen a Hot Summer Read by the Chicago Tribune, Renee’s novel has garnered praise from NYT Bestselling authors like Sara Gruen and is currently on the…

Saturday, July 21, 2007