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

Happy 236th Birthday, Jane! Felicitations And Giveaway

Happy birthday, Jane!

Birthdays are a big deal…even more so when you’re turning 236, like the inimitable Jane Austen. I’m excited to participate in Austen’s Birthday Soiree today along with dozens of other Janeites worldwide…and to be giving away a copy of Potter-style Pride and Prejudice notecards to one lucky commenter! 

I’ve done lots of book events over the past few months, and the issue keeps coming up. Why is Jane Austen so revered and so relevant 236 years after her birth?

The answer is probably one that will annoy academics and occupy writers for centuries to come. In celebration

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

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

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