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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 Featured in ‘Austen in August’ Event

Author of the recently published Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer, Lisa Pliscou is featured in the annual “Austen in August” event hosted by the Book Rat.

To read Lisa’s guest post and an excerpt from Young Jane Austen, and to learn more about a giveaway for two signed copies, click here. The giveaway runs through September 5th, 2015.

To learn more about Young Jane Austen, which has been praised by Jane Austen’s Regency World, Austenprose, VOYA, Luxury Reviews, Austenesque Reviews, and more, click here.



Goodreads Giveaway for “Young Jane Austen”

A Goodreads giveaway is on for Lisa Pliscou’s acclaimed new biography Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer, with five signed copies up for grabs. Some recent praise for Young Jane Austen:

“Delightful and infinitely readable.” —Austenprose

“A charming little book, daintily produced.” —Jane Austen’s Regency World 

“Appealing and handsome. . . . This lovely, delightful biography is a wonderful choice for all Janeites wanting to learn more about Jane Austen’s childhood.” —Austenesque Reviews

“This is a beautifully crafted book with an old-fashioned style that almost feels like the diary of a young girl of the eighteenth century.” —VOYA

“A joy. . . This is a gorgeous book, inside and out. The illustrations by Massimo Mongiardo . . . help bring the print alive for the reader; the layout, colors, and even textures make you feel like you’re holding something precious.” —Delighted Reader

“Beautifully illustrated . . . Very readable and engaging.” —Babblings of a Bookworm

“I loved the presentation, with illustrations by Massimo Mongiardo that are simple yet beautiful and transport readers back to Jane’s time . . . Young Jane Austen is a must-have for any Austen fan’s collection and another contender for my ‘Best of 2015′ list.” —Diary of an Eccentric

The giveaway runs through August 10, 2015. To learn more, and enter, click here.

More about Young Jane Austen here.


VOYA on “Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer”

Says Deborah L. Dubois in the June 2015 edition of VOYA: “This is a ‘speculative biography’ as the author notes in the introduction. Pliscou uses extensive sources to recreate Jane Austen’s childhood, sharing vignettes of her early life, each beginning with a drawing illustrating that aspect of her life. Jane’s story is told as through the eyes of a child with the limited understanding a young girl might have of the world around her. Specific events in Jane’s life — such as being sent away to school and becoming deathly ill, and having one brother adopted by a wealthy family while another is sent away due to mental illness — may have later shaped her novels. Pliscou shares these events in the context of the time in which Jane lived. The narrative ends as Jane turns twelve and begins to write in earnest.

“The second half of the book is annotated with extensive notes showing how Pliscou created Jane’s story from information gathered from many sources, including quotes from Austen’s books that give insight into her thinking. Background information on Jane Austen’s life and work, and the era in which she lived is included, as well as a timeline of the events in the narrative. This is a beautifully crafted book with an old-fashioned style that almost feels like the diary of a young girl of the eighteenth century. This would be a good companion to a unit on Jane Austen’s novels. Fans of Austen’s work will enjoy this peek into her life as a young girl.”


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More about Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer here.