Friday Bookblogging: Summer Reading Edition


Welcome to another edition of Friday Bookblogging, in which we round up news about books by, about, or inspired by Jane Austen and her work.

First we have something fun: a book trailer for Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler.

For those eagerly awaiting Darcy of the Undead, we received word today from Sourcebooks Landmark that Amanda Grange’s Mr. Darcy, Vampyre will be released on August 11. ETA: Sourcebooks has purchased world rights and are bringing it out in the U.S. only (at this point) in August. A UK release should follow but there’s no date at this time. There’s an excerpt on the Vampyre blog. What we want to know is–does Darcy sparkle?

A new book and companion CD, Jane Austen Sings the Blues, has been published in tribute to the late Bruce Stovel, a respected Austen scholar as well as a lifelong fan of the blues. (Most JASNA members have heard the story about blues guitarist B.B. King coming out as a Janeite at the L.A. AGM.)

Check out the beautiful hand-stitched book covers created by a talented Janeite stitcher. We can hear Cub Reporter Heather L. snapping to attention all the way across North America. 😉

Laurel Ann has reviewed A Body at Rest by Susan Petrone, which has echoes of Emma in it.

Maya Slater’s novel The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy, which was published in the UK as Mr. Darcy’s Diary, has been published in the U.S. She wrote to ask if readers prefer the UK or U.S. cover. (We think the U.S. cover looks sort of familiar…)

That’s it for this week’s Bookblogging, Gentle Readers, so until next time, always remember…Books Are Nice!