I got to do some on-air "Thinking Aloud" on Jane Austen with fabulous interviewer Marcus Smith. Thank you for the thoughtful questions and fun conversation on BYU Radio. You can listen here.
Austenland's Shannon Hale's bunny ears over Lemony Snicket's Daniel Handler in post-dancing Jane Austen silhouette impersonations produced my favorite photo from the Decatur Book Festival. But an image can't capture the energy of 600 authors and 80,000 attendees, sharing important ideas, beautiful writing, laughing, cheering, crying. Met so many amazing people and talked writing, books, and history. Thank you, DBF, for bringing me along to talk The Making of Jane Austen.
What a whirlwind month! I got to honor Jane Austen@200 with 17,000 miles of travel, 4 lectures, 2 CNN appearances, 3 radio interviews, 7 print essays, more than a few (mostly positive!) reviews of my new book, and countless kangaroos. Thank you, Jane Austen, for 200 years of celebrating you. (Details of the above fun may be found here: http://www.makingjaneausten.com/janeausten200-tv-radio-print.html )
The 200th anniversary of Austen's death is marked this week, and I had the chance to write about why I think we ought to revisit the legend of her hiding her writing in the July 16th New York Times. My op-ed, "Jane Austen Wasn't Shy," appeared in the Sunday Review. As if that weren't good fortune enough, my book, The Making of Jane Austen, was reviewed by Jane Smiley in the Book Review that day, too. It's an honor to be a part of our conversations about her during this momentous week.
Thanks to The Economist for devoting space to describing material from The Making of Jane Austen in the July 15th issue's essay, "Fame and Favourability: Jane Austen, 200 Years On."
I'm sorry. Did you say Jane Smiley reviewed my book in the New York Times Book Review? Is this one of those MasterCard commercials with "Priceless" at the end? It's such an honor to have Smiley read and assess my book, using the words "energetic," "revealing," "amusing" and "vivid." Watch for the print version of the story in the 16 July issue of the paper.
Check out the July 8-9 Wall Street Journal for a review of four new Jane Austen books, including The Making of Jane Austen. Reviewer D. J. Taylor calls the book "fascinating." (Okay, okay, he also calls it "quaintly demotic," but I'll take it!) Although the article is behind a paywall, you may get a glimpse of it here.
Thanks, Literary Review, for including The Making of Jane Austen in your "All About Austen / Austenmania" review and calling it "lively" and "refreshingly free of any cod-Austen gentility."
Thank you, Foreword Reviews, for your review of The Making of Jane Austen as a book that is "fascinating" and lovingly unveils Austen’s posthumous journey"
Thanks to Tony Riches for the chance to talk The Making of Jane Austen in a guest post on his blog "The Writing Desk."
Prof. Devoney Looser (Known to a few as Stone Cold Jane Austen).
©2017 Devoney Looser, Dept. of English, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287