Book News, Critiques & Analysis, Nonfiction

My Idea of the Best Company

Erin Blakemore & Laurel Ann Nattess B&N Event May 20, 2011

“My idea of good company, Mr. Elliot, is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.”

“You are mistaken,” said he gently; “that is not good company; that is the best. Anne Elliot & William Elliot, Persuasion, Chapter 16

A wonderful time was had by all at the discussion and signing for Erin Blakemore, author of The Heroine’s Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder on Friday at my Barnes & Noble in Lynnwood, WA. Erin gave an engaging speech on her inspiration to write the book (those amazing literary heroine’s that we all grew up with) and then opened it up to the attendees for a lively discussion. Also in attendance was Katherine Cox, blog mistress of Gaskell Blog. Here are a few photos.

Erin Blakemore B&N Event May 20, 2011

Erin Blakemore B&N Event May 20, 2011

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Book News, Critiques & Analysis, Nonfiction

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