Thanks to everyone who came out to our 2013 Literary Debutante Ball last Thursday at Roulette in Brooklyn. It was a wonderful night, honoring Mentor of the Year Dan Chaon and our seven Literary Debutantes: L. Annette Binder, Manuel Gonzales, Ben Miller, Leigh Newman, Ethan Rutherford, Claire Vaye Watkins, and Douglas Watson. We’d like to thank all of our generous sponsors, our benefit committee, our board, and our hard-working volunteer staff, who kept things running so well all night. Great music was provided by the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn and DJ Michael Sandler, photos by Aslan Chalom, and Nathan Forster. Champagne from Bubble Lounge and Wine from Broadbent Wines. NY Distilling Co. provided Dorothy Parker Gin for our signature cocktail, THE STAY AWAKE, created by Rosie Schaap. Words and punctuation were on sale all evening, borrowed and donated by top writers, and everyone danced and drank and cheered until the last lantern festooned with famous first sentences was turned out. But even then, the fun wasn’t over yet! The next night, we hosted a packed reading at Greenlight Bookstore, sponsored by The Author’s Guild, where all seven debutantes read from their work, and posed for this glorious picture. We’ll be posting more photos soon, but until then visit Electric Literature for a fun write up of the ball and some delirious shots. Thanks to everyone for two marvelous nights to remember. Until next year!!