A Life of Books: Dawn Winter, author of Sedating Elaine

A Life of Books: Dawn Winter, author of Sedating Elaine

Dawn Winter has written one of the most funny and sexy books in recent memory. The Essex-based writer studied literature at University and Sedating Elaine is her first novel.

The book is a sharply dressed novel filled with humor as it follows a woman who wants to sedate her girlfriend in a hair-brained scheme that rivals Weekend and Bernie’s. Debutiful asked Dawn Winter to answer the recurring A Life of Books questionnaire so readers can get to know her better.

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A Life of Books: Jenny Tinghui Zhang, author of Four Treasures of the Sky

A Life of Books: Jenny Tinghui Zhang, author of Four Treasures of the Sky

The Adroit Journal Senior Editor, Jenny Tinghui Zhang, has published her debut novel Four Treasures in the Sky. The book is an 1880s epic that uses the Chinese Exclusion Act as the backdrop. It explores the American West, immigration, racism, and so much more backed by breathtaking prose.

Zhang’s work has also been featured in Apogee, CALYX, Ninth Letter, Passages North, wildness, and The Rumpus, with essays in HuffPost, Bustle, The Cut, and HelloGiggles, among others.

We asked her to answer our recurring “A Life of Books” questionnaire so readers can get to know her better.

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A Life of Books with Amy E. Casey, author of The Sturgeon’s Heart

A Life of Books with Amy E. Casey, author of The Sturgeon’s Heart

Amy E. Casey, author of The Sturgeon’s Heart, lives in Wisconsin and has had her stories and poetry published in Split Rock Review, Psaltery & Lyre, Club Plum, NonBinary Review, and Bramble. Her debut novel is about three people who begin disappearing in different ways.

Debutiful had the author answer the recurring A Life of Books questionnaire so readers could get to know her better.

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A Life of Books with Alejandro Varela, author of The Town of Babylon

A Life of Books with Alejandro Varela, author of The Town of Babylon

Alejandro Varela, author of the debut novel The Town of Babylon, has had his writing appear in numerous publications including Boston Review, Harper’s Magazine, The Rumpus, Joyland Magazine, Pariahs (an anthology, SFA Press, 2016), and many more. In 2019 he was a Jerome Fellow in Literature and was also a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Nonfiction.

Debutiful asked him to answer the recurring “A Life of Books” questionnaire so readers can get to know him better.

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A Life of Books with Mary Kuryla, author of Away to Stay

A Life of Books with Mary Kuryla, author of Away to Stay

Mary Kuryla is the author of the debut novel Away To Stay. She has previously published a story collection called Freak Weather in 2017. Her sMary Kuryla is the author of the novel Away to Stay and the story collection Freak Weather, which was selected by Amy Hempel for the AWP Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction. Her stories have received The Pushcart Prize and the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Prize and appeared in The Paris ReviewConjunctionsAgniEpoch, and elsewhere. She is a screenwriting and film studies professor in the School of Film and TV at Loyola Marymount University.

Debutiful asked her to answer the recurring “A Life of Books” questionnaire so readers could get to know her better.

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A Life of Books with Kai Harris, author of What the Fireflies Knew

A Life of Books with Kai Harris, author of What the Fireflies Knew

Kai Harris has written a book that was pitched for fans of Jesmyn Ward. That’s a tall order to stand up to and, by golly, she did it. In What the Fireflies Knew, Harris follows KB and Nia as they are sent to live with their grandfather after their father overdoses. The coming-of-age book is soft where it needs to be but it doesn’t pull punches. KB is a character readers soon won’t forget.

Kai Harris answered the Debutiful “A Life of Books” questionnaire so readers can get to know her.

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A Life of Books with Renée Branum, author of Defenestrate

A Life of Books with Renée Branum, author of Defenestrate

Renée Branum’s work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Narrative Magazine, The Gettysburg Review, Brevity, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, among others. She was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Prose Fellowship in 2020 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Fiction in Cincinnati.

We asked her to answer our recurring “A Life of Books” questionnaire so readers can get to know her better.

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A Life of Books with Edgar Gomez, author of High-Risk Homosexual

A Life of Books with Edgar Gomez, author of High-Risk Homosexual

Edgar Gomez has written a must-read memoir about sex, love, and queerness. The memoir, High-Risk Homosexual, explores his identity as a Latinx, queer man in modern America. He balances tender moments with the sharpest wit.

Debutiful asked him to fill out our recurring “A Life of Books” questionnaire so readers can get to know him.

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A Life of Books with Meredith Westgate, author of The Shimmering State

Meredith Westgate’s debut novel, The Shimmering State, perfectly blends sci-fi and romance. Author Adam Wilson said the book was reminiscent of Eternal Sunshine For the Spotless Mind. Meredith Westgate is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has an MFA in Fiction from The New School. We had the native Pennsylvanian and current Brooklynite answer our recurring “A Life of Books” questionnaire so readers can get to know her.

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