My Jewish Learning has selected Good for the Jews as one of its Summer Reading Recommendations. “It’s got everything you want in a summer read,” writes Tamar Fox, “sex, booze, people making bad decisions, people make better decisions, and jealousy. All that, and it’s gorgeously written.”
Click here to read an interview with My Jewish Learning’s Tamar Fox.
Debra will be judging the Machigonne Fiction Contest for the editors of Maine’s new literary journal: The New Guard Literary Review. The contest’s winner will receive “$1,000 for an exceptional work of literary or experimental fiction. Submit 2,500-5,000 words of prose. Deadline: May 14, 2010.”
Click here to visit The New Guard Literary Review.
Debra's collection of short stories (and a novella!) entitled The Pretty Girl has been slated for a 2012 publication. The independent press Four Way Books, located in Manhattan's Tribeca District, will publish the new book.
Click here to read a bit more about the new collection.
The Portland Public Library’s monthly Brown Bag Lecture Series features best-selling authors from Maine and New England as well as from across the nation and world. The series is now televised, and on October 28 Debra visited the studios of the Community Television Network to read from Good for the Jews.
Click here to watch Debra read and answer questions from the audience.
Radio listeners in Maine are gently awoken each morning by the dulcet tones of local Morning Edition anchor Irwin Gratz on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. This week, the respected newsman sat down Debra to discuss Good for the Jews. If you missed the interview, you can listen to it here.
Last night, Debra read to a standing-room-only crowd at Portland, Maine’s premier independent bookstore, Longfellow Books. If you’re a Mainer, don’t miss Debra’s next reading in the state: December 6 at Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick.
A couple weeks ago, acclaimed author and revered book reviewer Alan Cheuse wrote about Good for the Jews in the Chicago Tribune. This week, Mr. Cheuse took to the airwaves to praise the novel! Please visit NPR’s All Things Considered to hear the live audio.
Also, if you’re a Mainer hoping to hear Debra read and discuss her book live, mark your calendar to be at Portland’s fiercely independent Longfellow Books on Thursday, November 19, 7:00 PM.
The month is drawing to a close with a couple bits of great news for Debra’s new novel, Good for the Jews.
First, The Chicago Tribune has just published a glowing review of Good for the Jews by acclaimed author and regular National Public Radio contributor, Alan Cheuse. Read the review here on Debra’s BOOKS page, or visit the Web site of The Chicago Tribune.
In addition to this great news, the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine has featured Debra’s book in their department: “Page One: Where New and Noteworthy Books Begin.” Visit the Web site of Poets & Writers Magazine to see “Page One.”
Debra's new novel—Good for the Jews—was officially released this week. It’s already received rave reviews from Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly. The latter had this to say about the author’s third novel: “Spark's prose is tight, funny, insightful and occasionally heartbreaking as it probes the current education system, the arts and society's ills.”
Check out the September 2009 issue of Maine Home+Design for Debra’s feature article, “The Moss Manse,” about Connie and Michael Moss’s waterfront home in Boothbay, Maine—the Shingle Style house draws strong inspiration from the renowned architect John Calvin Stevens.
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