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The Heroine’s Barshelf: One Year, 12 Cocktails

By Kj Swanson, with Column Five’s Ian Klein

To celebrate the one-year publication anniversary of The Heroine’s Bookshelf, Erin and I thought it would be fun to create a literary-inspired cocktail list. Okay, truth be told, the idea came from us making fun of the pronunciation of St John River’s name from Jane Eyre. “Sin Jin.” “Sin Gin.” “Sounds like a cocktail!”

What an insane, awesome, fun, crazy, wild year! A toast to The Heroine

Having bartended primarily at theaters for the past decade, I’ve picked up a hobby of inventing cocktails inspired by the plays

Welcome, Stephanie Burgis, Win KAT, INCORRIGIBLE!

I’m so thrilled to have another guest blogger to share with you today, this time a dear friend.  I’ve only met Stephanie Burgis online, but I’ve long been charmed by her honesty, wit, and lovable nature.  Now she’s here to share her heroic story and to give away a copy of her forthcoming novel, KAT, INCORRIGIBLE, a delicious Regency adventure for kids with a heroine plucked right out of the annals of Awesome Little Sisters.

Reply to this post and tell Stephanie why you’re thrilled about her book and you could win a copy!  Entries will close at 9 AM

Happy Birthday, Louisa May Alcott!

“November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year,” said Margaret, standing at the window one dull afternoon, looking out at the frostbitten garden.

“That’s the reason I was born in it,” observed Jo pensively, quite unconscious of the blot on her nose.

Now that November is coming to an end, it’s time to celebrate the birthday of Louisa May Alcott, who was born on this day in 1832.  And so, you’re in for a treat…Kelly O’Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott , is here to give her thoughts on the very

Scarlett O’Hara: Literature’s Most Lovable Bitch

Guest Post by Ellen F. Brown

Next up in our series of guest posts on heroines featured in The Heroine’s Bookshelf is Ellen F. Brown, who may just qualify as the world’s nicest human being (unlike her subject).  Ellen emailed me out of the blue (okay, I think I retweeted a link of hers, but still) to tell me she had heard about the book and wanted to introduce me to her hard-core Gone with the Wind fan friends.  Why, the pleasure was mine!  Want to continue on in great company?  Click here to win a galley of the

Diary of a Non-Wimpy Kid: Anne of Green Gables

By Guest Blogger Darren Garnick

This is the first in a series of guest posts on heroines featured in The Heroine’s Bookshelf.  My guests?  Honored authors, writers, experts, historians, and more.  First up is Darren Garnick, an unlikely adherent of everyone’s favorite Anne with an e.  Want to combine some winning with your reading?  Click here to win a galley of the book (and for links to other contests featuring the book).

Greg Heffley, the sarcastic protagonist of the bestselling "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series, is not psyched his mother started a summer reading club for him and his