Monthly Archives: July 2011

Want a Life-Like Harry Potter Doll?

Artist Tracy Ann Lister specialises in creating incredibly life-like baby dolls, a process which is known as “reborning.” But it is her latest series, inspired by the Harry Potter movie franchise, which is attracting headlines. Lister’s shop on eBay now … Continue reading

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New Book from Sharyn McCrumb

One of my favorite writers of Appalachian literature is launching a new book in September. I absolutely love Sharyn McCrumb’s ballad series, especially The Ballad of Frankie Silver and The Songcatcher, but I also used to have fun with Saint … Continue reading

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Austenesque Celebration in August

Authors, Bloggers, and Publishers in Austenesque Extravaganza Austenesque Extravaganza begins Monday! Personally, I am scheduled for August 18, and I would love for you to join me on that date. However, there are many more involved in the month long … Continue reading

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Main Street to Go to Video First Before Release

I told my friend Bonnie the other day that I expected the new film by Colin Firth and Orlando Bloom to go to DVD first because it had been a couple of years since it was filmed. It was 2009. … Continue reading

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A Canterbury Tale Board Game

Call me a literary geek, but I got really excited when I saw this on Twitter. http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/96792/the-road-to-canterbury Game description from the publisher: Greed, Pride, Gluttony, Wrath, Luxury, Idleness, and Envy – the infamous “Seven Deadly Sins”. For the faithful, they … Continue reading

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First Trailer for Main Street

Part of Main Street, a new film with Oscar winner Colin Firth, was shot in North Carolina. It is the tale of a dying Southern town which makes a controversial deal with a stranger to save it. I was fortunate … Continue reading

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12 Things I Learned from Jane Austen

Huffpost Books brings us a delightful look at Bill Deresiewicz’s A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and Things That Really Matter. Mr. Deresiewicz says that from Persuasion, he learned * That true friends tell … Continue reading

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How to Pitch Your Romance Novel

(This post comes from one I did at the Book Boost on July 19, 2011.) The Jane Austen Method of Pitching with Guest Blogger: Regina Jeffers Meet author of all things Regency…Regina Jeffers…today at the Book Boost! Here’s what she … Continue reading

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Borders’ Books to Liquidate and Close Stores

The Charlotte Observer reports the following story from its Monday, July 18, 2011, edition. For the complete story visit: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/07/18/2463676/borders-fate-to-be-decided-this.html#storylink=misearch Borders’ Group made a move on Monday to liquidate its assets and close its remaining 399 stores. The move could … Continue reading

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Five Myths Regarding Jane Austen

This article comes from The Washington Post. The myths include: 1. Austen led an uneventful life. 2. Austen’s novels are chick lit. 3. Austen didn’t take her writing seriously. 4. Austen’s works are escapist fiction. 5. For all her popularity, … Continue reading

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