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Lisa Pliscou & Holly Brady at Jane Austen Gala

Lisa Pliscou and Holly Brady will discuss Lisa’s recently published book, Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer, as part of the annual gala hosted by the Jane Austen Society of Northern California on December 5, 2015, at San Francisco State University.

Their talk is titled “Obstinate, Headstrong Girl.” Holly and Lisa will converse about various aspects of Young Jane Austen, including Jane’s life as a child, the influence of her family dynamics, practical and cultural obstacles facing her as a young writer, and the fascinating connections between her youth and her mature work.

They’ll also discuss Lisa’s inspiration for Young Jane Austen, what the writing process was like, and how it came to be published. The audience will be invited to share their questions during the latter part of the talk.

To learn more about the event, click here.

Holly Brady is the former director of the Stanford Publishing Courses. She is an editor and a publishing strategist with a strong interest in new publishing processes. Currently she works with serious writers who are interested in using new media tools to self-publish their work. She also teaches self-publishing techniques through Stanford Continuing Studies.

Young Jane Austen has been praised by Jane Austen’s Regency World, Austenprose, VOYA, Austenesque Reviews, Beth Kephart, Laura Fraser, Polly Shulman, Quadrapheme, and others. Frequently mentioned is the book’s wide-ranging scholarship, intriguing focus on a less-studied interval of Jane Austen’s life, its unusual format, and exceptional beauty in design and illustration. More about Young Jane Austen here.

Lisa Pliscou Joins Tara Altebrando’s Literary Diorama Event

Lisa Pliscou joins Tara Altebrando as she celebrates the release of her new book, My Life in Dioramas, with a literary diorama event featuring fellow authors Anne Ursu, Megan Frazer Blakemore, Leslie Margolis, Rita Williams-Garcia, and more.

Lisa’s diorama is based on her new book, Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer, and was inspired by Beth Kephart’s description of her childhood self as a “child writer-dreamer.”


Read Lisa’s Q&A with Tara, and see her diorama, here.

More about Tara Altebrando here.

“I was a child writer-dreamer who never strayed far from that path”: more about Beth Kephart here.



Advance praise for “Young Jane Austen” from Beth Kephart

“Like the very best of books, Young Jane Austen exists well beyond labels. It is an empathetic biography and an empathic search, a reflection on a singular person and an engaging, universal treatise on creative fervor. At the heart of it all lives an against-the-odds heroine who helped launch that strange, imperfect, necessary creature we now call the novel.” —Beth Kephart, author of Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir and Going Over