There are two updates I'm excited to share: the book I'm working on and the one that's just come out. My work on the biography of Jane and Anna Maria Porter, tentatively titled Sister Novelists, is moving forward, and the book has found a home. It was sold at auction to Bloomsbury, where my editor is the amazing Grace McNamee, a former undergraduate student of mine from the University of Missouri. Sister Novelists is on schedule for a fall 2021 release, with the brilliant Grace's help. Publishers Weekly announced the deal alongside Jimmy Kimmel's upcoming children's book. He's an author with a book deal. I'm an author with a book deal. So far we are equal.
I haven't left Jane Austen behind, of course! This month, my new book from the University of Chicago Press dropped: The Daily Jane Austen: A Year of Quotes. I'd love to get this book in the right readers' hands—both those new to Austen and those who can't get enough of her, daily. If you want me to send you a signed book plate to put in your copy of the book, I'd welcome the chance to do it. Just drop me a line. Make sure to take your daily recommended dose!