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Beyond Her Book columnist Barbara Vey from Publishers Weekly reveals her conference schedule for the period between June and November this year. It includes Historical Novel Society in Schaumburg, IL and Romance Writers of America in Washington D.C. She couldn’t make to some conferences. She is sending her "cub reporter and blurber extraordinaire" Joysann instead to Lori Foster’s Reader/Writer Get-Together in Cincinnati, OH, and RomantiCon 2009 in Richfield, OH.

American reader blogger Katiebabs has just returned from England where she met with fellow reader blogger Ana, the British-based half of The Book Smugglersduo. Katiebabs is now blogging about her experiences along with some awesome photos. So far, KB’s Adventures in England!: *Part One* Deadly Ditches and The Greek Tycoon’s Mistress’s Baby Bump | *Part Two* The Book Hunt

In case you didn’t realise (well, I didn’t until today), Decadence of Bookthingo is running a series of Black Dagger Brotherhood Cheat Sheet to celebrate the release of J.R. Ward’s latest release, Lover Avenged. It’s a useful guide for anyone who’s a tad confused about Ward’s worldbuilding, mythology and lead characters. So far: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9. You could keep track on Twitter as well by using this hashtag – #rehv – in Twitter’s search engine or a Twitter program, e.g. TwitterDeck.

With a new film version of Emma and the monster film Pride and Predator on horizon, here is a round-up of encyclopedic blogs that keep track of all things Jane Austen including reviews of the well-hyped Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Jane Austen Today | Austenprose | Jane Austen’s World. A note of interest: Jane Austen Today is running a feature on British actor Mark Strong, who appears as Mr. Knightly in the 1996 version of Emma.


  1. Mary M.
    May 08, 2009 @ 11:40:58

    Thanks for telling me about the BDB Cheat sheet! I’m another one of those hopeless addicts :-DD And I didn’t know KB was back from England, I’ll check her blog out too.

  2. LindaR (likari)
    May 08, 2009 @ 12:56:58

    Love Mark Strong — he was hilarious as Septimus in Stardust.

  3. SarahT
    May 08, 2009 @ 13:02:46

    Thanks so much for letting me know about the BDB cheat sheet! My copy of Lover Avenged finally arrived today, so it was fantastic to read a brief summary of books 1-6. Now I’m off to get Rehved…

  4. DS
    May 08, 2009 @ 14:28:56

    I think it might be too soon for another adaptation of Emma. I can’t work up any enthusiasm for it at all– although I might go for Pride and Predator— just because it’s not Emma. Emma is my second least favorite Austen book.

    I’ve left my copy somewhere but today’s WSJ mentioned that a juvenile work by Jane Austen has been digitalized by the British Library and is available online.

  5. Kat
    May 08, 2009 @ 17:54:18

    Thanks for the link love. Decadence is our resident BDB and Dark-Hunter expert. We’d never get the back stories straight without her.

  6. jayn.
    May 09, 2009 @ 05:31:01

    Another quite extensive site for all things Jane Austen is The Republic of Pemberley at Great site including an advice column penned by Lady Catherine DeBurg. Also think most PBS stations are rebroadcasting Janeapalooza starting next week. Ya know, would have given money to PBS in a heartbeat had they called it that.

  7. Sherry Thomas
    May 09, 2009 @ 19:34:35

    I googled it. But I’m still not sure that Pride and Predator isn’t some elaborate hoax.

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