I can't quite believe it's true. I've been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for my book-in-progress on the once-celebrated and now-forgotten sister novelists, Jane and Anna Maria Porter. It's the only fellowship awarded this year in the category for English literature! To be among this group of fellows is stunning and humbling. I owe a huge thanks to so many mentors, supporters, and colleagues who were there every step of the way. https://www.gf.org/…/2018/04/Nominations-By-Field-US2018.pdf
It was a pleasure to be a part of this short video, in honor of women's history month, exploring gender, emotions, and passion with the amazing students of ASU's Womyn's Coalition.
My crystal ball says Jane Austen will live on! So happy to share the news of my radio interview, with the lively, delightful Susan Cahill on her fabulous show "Talking Books," for NewsTalk (Ireland).
Don't make me choose! Thanks to Laura LaVelle and Newswhistle.com for generously doing an interview with me this week, after having run a review of The Making of Jane Austen guessing that I might be fun at a party. I am always grateful for opportunities to test that theory!
Friends, you made it happen, "by a wide margin"! Your votes for my book led it to a win for the Inside Higher Ed Reader's Choice Award for 2017. I'm so grateful for your support, of me and my book, The Making of Jane Austen, and of my fantastic publisher, Johns Hopkins University Press. The Press has had its books win this award (which is based entirely on reader votes/likes on social media) three years running!
Thanks, Phoenix Magazine for featuring me, my book on Jane Austen, and my favorite sport and hobby, roller derby, in your November Issue "Spotlight" section. I love the shot that Madison Kirkman got, and I'm so grateful to Keridwen Cornelius for crafting such a fun interview. It's a great time to love both Austen and derby. . . .
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.
Prof. Devoney Looser (aka Stone Cold Jane Austen).