October 08th, 2022
Upcoming Virtual Book Tour Event for Sister Novelists at Austen Con, Nov. 4/5.
Virtual events! I'm excited to share an upcoming virtual book tour event for Sister Novelists: Join me at the 5th annual Austen Con, a Melbourne-based in-person & online gathering on November 4/5, depending on your time zone. I'll be in conversation with Austen Connection's Janet Saidi for "Regency Women Breaking the Rules." (A full digital access ticket is $20 AUS.)
October 02nd, 2022
Join me at Changing Hands Phoenix on 10/24?
Friends in Arizona! Might you join me at Changing Hands-Phoenix on Mon. Oct. 24th at 6 p.m.? That'll be the in-person launch for my new book, Sister Novelists. It's not yet officially announced on the site, but I'll be in conversation with the fabulous Paula Byrne. It would mean so much to see you there.
August 29th, 2022
Sister Novelists among "Fall's Most Anticipated Books," according to Apple.
Thank you, Apple Books, for including Sister Novelists among your "Fall's Most Anticipated Books" in nonfiction.
July 30th, 2022
It was a blast to talk Jane Austen with the marvelous Deborah Yaffe, on Connecticut Public Radio's Colin McEnroe Show. if you'd like to have a listen. Colin's fabulous questions definitely kept us on our toes!
July 30th, 2022
My latest research into the Austen family, slavery, and the slave trade appeared earlier this month in the TLS in an essay about Captain Charles Austen's experiences in 1826, capturing a slaver's ship, off the coast of Cuba. I also had the opportunity to talk about the piece on the TLS podcast, with wonderful host Alex Clark.
April 02nd, 2022
Talking Jane Austen and Bridgerton with Netflix Tudum
Getting the chance to talk about Jane Austen and Bridgerton with Anne Cohen for this piece for Netflix Tudum was the perfect revving up for watching season two. That "rake shops for a wife" segment in episode one is absolutely amazing.
February 19th, 2022
Generous collector-friend, thank you!
To hold this beautiful book feels magical. A collector-friend loaned me her rare copy of Anna Maria Porter's Artless Tales (1793), published when future-famous Maria was 14. Just five known copies of this book!
I couldn't have pieced together the never-told stories in Sister Novelists without the labor and generosity of collectors and librarians. So grateful.
Pre-order (out in September) and/or add to want-to-read on Goodreads? I'd be so grateful for your support.
I had a blast talking to Jace Lacob and Masterpiece Podcast team for the third episode of their Sanditon previews. I'm looking forward to the second season's start in March!
Pride & Prejudice, the Silent Film?
Pride and Prejudice, the 1917 silent film? It almost was. The ad calls it "A sweetly simple tale of a mother's hunt for daughters' husbands," from a company that liked to boast its films didn't involve breaking furniture or crockery.
The July/Aug issue of Jane Austen's Regency World Magazine just arrived, with my article about this previously unnoticed part of Austen adaptation history. How I wish this and these other advertised films had been made (Mary Barton! Shirley!), even with the unpromising tag lines. (Sweet? simple? Focusing on the mother? Oof!)
My cover story in the Times Literary Supplement includes new information on Jane Austen's family's involvements in British slavery. It adds details about her father Rev. George Austen as an Antiguan plantation co-trustee and describes her brother Henry's previously unknown anti-slavery activism. I hope you'll read and share it. I presented an extended version of the research as part of the Jane Austen & Co. "Race and the Regency" lecture series, on May 18th. Please make the time to watch the previously recorded events in this series, with incredible talks by Robert Morrison, Lyndon Dominique, Damianne Scott, Danielle Christmas, Ibi Zoboi, Patricia Matthew, Gretchen Gerzina, and Juliette Wells.