Armchair BEA 2015: Character Chatter

It’s time to give your favorite characters some love! Characters are essential to a story, and they can make or break a book for some readers. Now’s your chance to shine the spotlight on your favorite characters, or maybe your least favorite.  I suppose this is obvious but I have to begin with Elizabeth Bennet…

Armchair BEA 2015: Introduction

Somehow it is already time for Armchair BEA again! Cheers to the lovely folks who organize this virtual get-together each year. It’s always great fun.   Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are you from?  I began blogging about books nearly seven years ago. I’d been writing film…

Know Your Poe

Poe has become a mythical figure in American history. His work is constantly republished, adapted and performed. There are lunch boxes, toys and air fresheners with his likeness on them. There is a NFL team named after one of his poems.

GIVEAWAY: THE REAL JANE AUSTEN

GIVEAWAY I have TWO copies available for this title, which I reviewed here. Description from the publisher: Unlike the conventional cradle to grave biography, THE REAL JANE AUSTEN focuses on a variety of key moments, scenes, and objects in both the life and work of Jane Austen. As described in The New York Times Book…

REVIEW: THE REAL JANE AUSTEN by Paula Byrne

Frustratingly little is known about Jane Austen.  We don’t know what she looked like.  There is only one drawing of her, as a youth, that is considered to be a portrait, but even some scholars don’t accept that. In time for Jane Austen’s bicentennial year, Paula Byrne has put together a compilation of her life.…