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Erin Blakemore, Author of The Heroine’s Bookshelf at My Very Own B&N on Friday

Author Erin Blakemore (2010)The patience of saints has been applied by all involved, but after many months, and much preparation, the day is almost upon us.

Erin Blakemore, author of The Heroine’s Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder arrives in Seattle on Friday, May 20th for a discussion and signing at my very own Barnes & Noble in Lynnwood, WA. Come join us at 7:00 pm for an exploration of classic heroines and their equally admirable authors.

One of my favorite books of 2010, here is my introduction from my review:

Behind every unforgettable heroine stands her remarkable creator. Debut author Erin Blakemore explores this theme in The Heroine’s Bookshelf, twelve essays devoted to her favorite literary heroines and the unique correlation between their writer’s life and the character she created. From Jane Austen’s spirited impertinence of Elizabeth Bennet, to the effervescent optimism of Lucy Maude Montgomery’s Anne Shirley, to the dogged determination of Margaret Mitchell’s Scarlet O’Hara, anyone who has ever sought solace in the pages of a classic novel or inspiration for new perspective during troubling times will be enthralled by every essay in this book…The Heroine’s Bookshelf is a frothy literary latte; rich and sweet and deeply satisfying.

Erin is not only a talented writer, she is a professional speaker on writing and just participated in the event “The You Factor: Get Noticed, Get Published” in Broomfield, CO, organized by writing coach Lori DeBoer of The North Metro Area Writers Group. Here is what they had to say about her:

Erin Blakemore has been a working writer for six years. Her debut book, The Heroine’s Bookshelf, was published by HarperCollins in 2010 and has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Ms. Magazine, Glamour, The Christian Science Monitor, and more. An accomplished speaker and trainer, Erin is also co-founder and Executive Director of VOCO Creative, a savvy marketing and brand strategy firm located in Denver and Boulder.

As a bookseller, we just love getting behind books that feature some of our favorite heroines and their creators like Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte and chose The Heroine’s Bookshelf as my ongoing staff rec. When I heard that Erin would be in Seattle I jumped at the chance to have her discuss her wonderful book and meet her personally.

If you are in the Seattle area, or know anyone who is, please join us for what should prove to be a great event at the Lynnwood Barnes & Noble. (tea and scones are optional, but highly recommended)


Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

8 thoughts on “Erin Blakemore, Author of The Heroine’s Bookshelf at My Very Own B&N on Friday”

  1. The patience of saints is just about right…you have been so gracious it isn’t even funny!

    I’m getting very excited and am diverting my nervous energy into figuring out what on earth to wear.

    Seattle Janeites, I would be honored and much obliged if you’d consider attending…and tell a friend.


  2. Nobody ever seems to come to the Atlanta area! Yes, contrary to stereotypical opinion, there IS literacy in the south.

    We lived on the Samammish Plateau for 11 years and dearly miss our beloved Pacific Northwest.

    I’ve read of and admired a great many heroines that your work probably features: Anne Shirley of Green Gables, Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Bennet, Samuel Richardson’s Pamela, Burney’s Evelina, etc.

    Wishing your endeavors all the best….


  3. Hi Laurel Ann.

    This sounds very interesting. Is it a new trend for authors to explain their response to books as a series of life lessons?

    I’m thinking of your recent wonderful review of William Deresiewicz’s,” A Jane Austen Education,” too.

    It is certainly one way of engaging a novel closely.

    By the way, mine’s a strong Americano with an extra shot of espresso and a little milk to cool it. I always find,” frothy literary latte’s” a little too milky for my taste. Love the alliteration though Laurel Ann.

    All the best,


  4. Loved the post, Laurel Ann! How lucky for you: 2 writers in a week! And there does seem to be a trend, like Tony mentioned, of writers explaining their lives through favorite authors. Hmm, who could do it in another way and what direction would they go?

    I’ll add this book to my TBR pile. I had wondered about it….

    Have a virtual scone on me!


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