New Year, Grab Bag, and an Interview

I (and John Singer Sargent) wish you a happy literary new year!

Happy 2012! A few business items: I’m happy to announce that Laura has won the Pride and Prejudice note cards, while Kate won Dust Tracks on a Road.

If you’re interested in my literary new year’s resolutions (and a giveaway of The Heroine’s Bookshelf), you should head over to The Literate Housewife, who is currently featuring me on her blog.

And now, before I plunge into book proposal writing for the new year, is a little treat for you. I spoke to Diane Burrowes in >>>Read more<<<

📅02 January 2012 1 comment
Their Eyes Were Watching God – The End

Isn't she lovely?

I was going to get all academic and give you tons of summaries and links, but then I realized that I find it really hard to talk at people about Their Eyes. I’d rather talk with them.

I feel that this book is unlike any that I’ve ever read. It challenges me and is hard to pull myself out of. It pains me to leave it.

Then there’s the story of the book’s reception and Zora Neale Hurston’s sad later years. There’s the knowledge that this book, which was left in the dustbin of literary history >>>Read more<<<

📅12 December 2011 4 comments
Their Eyes Were Watching God Readalong – Chapters 7-13

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the readalong last week! Congratulations, Michelle…you won a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble! This week’s giveaway is a gorgeous giftable deluxe edition of Their Eyes Were Watching God from Harper Perennial…thanks so much to HP for the donation. I’ll give one to a randomly-selected commenter so you can spread the Zora love.

Chapters 7-13

Today, I’m not going to give discussion prompts so much as bring up things that crossed my mind when reading Chapters 7-13.  Please discuss, question, and add your input. What struck you about these chapters? How >>>Read more<<<

📅05 December 2011 9 comments
Their Eyes Were Watching God Readalong – Chapters 1-6

Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. So begins Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, and so begins our readalong of Chapters 1-6.  Remember, next Monday (December 13) we’ll discuss Chapters 7-13. And if you participate in today’s readalong, I’ll put you in a drawing for a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card! I’ll announce the winner next week.

For now, let me dive into the story of Janie. Somehow I forgot it was her own story of her life. If you’re anything like me, you were immediately plunged into a vibrant world of >>>Read more<<<

📅28 November 2011 13 comments
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Readalong and Giveaway

I’m delighted to announce that there’s another readalong in the works!

As you may know, the paperback of The Heroine’s Bookshelf will be released by Harper Perennial on November 15, putting the book in some pretty illustrious company, including that of Zora Neale Hurston, the Harlem Renaissance writer who gave us Their Eyes Were Watching God.  Aside from Colette, it’s the book that’s least known by readers I’ve encountered, and it’s a quick, lush read that grapples with issues of religion, love, and coming home.

Their Eyes Were Watching God: The Readalong will take place on three consecutive Mondays >>>Read more<<<

📅06 November 2011 41 comments