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“Young Jane Austen” at the Congress of Vienna Ball

Attendees at the Bay Area English Regency Society’s Congress of Vienna Ball, held on May 30, 2015, in Alameda, California, will have a chance to win one of two signed copies of Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer. 

The BAERS organization “celebrates the spirit of the early nineteenth century. The English Regency . . . was a spirited time bubbling over with creative energy in the arts and sciences, and yet a time when wit and grace were highly valued.”


Bay Area English Regency Dancers - photo by Jean Martin

Photo by Jean Martin.

Bay Area English Regency Dancers - photo by Jean Martin

Photo by Jean Martin.










More about BAERS here.


“Young Jane Austen” at Jane Austen Regency Week

Multiple, signed copies of Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer are being raffled off at this year’s Jane Austen Regency Week, a nine-day celebration held in Alton and Chawton, England, from June 20 through 28, 2015. This annual event includes musical and theatrical performances, tours, talks, games, a fair, a Regency ball, and more.


Click here to visit the Jane Austen Regency Week website.

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Laura’s Reviews on “Young Jane Austen”

“Compelling,” says Laura’s Reviews about Lisa Pliscou’s new biography Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer. “A beautiful little book that will delight both old and new fans of Austen alike.”


Read the full review here.




‘Unleashing Readers’ on “Young Jane Austen”

“Readers will be inspired to take on some of Austen’s novels after reading this book,” says Ricki Ginsberg of Unleashing Readers. “The beautiful paper and illustrations of this book made me wish that more books were creatively printed. I felt as if I was reading a text from the time period of Austen’s life, which made me feel warm and fuzzy. . . . This text begs for readers to conduct research.”


Read the full review here.


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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.



‘Diary of an Eccentric’ on “Young Jane Austen”

“I loved the presentation,” says Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric, “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.”


Read the full review here.


Lisa Pliscou Interviewed by Friday Night Books

Lisa’s interview with Jeff Botch of Friday Night Books posted on Friday, May 8, 2015. Among the questions: How did you become interested in writing and when did you decide that you wanted to be a writer? and Who were some of your major influences when you were growing up?


Read the interview here.



“Young Jane Austen” on Vroman’s Bestseller List

Young Jane Austen is on the bestseller list at the L.A. indie bookstore Vroman’s, fueled by the support of the Jane Austen Society, Southwest; the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books; and a shout-out from Mike the Fanboy.



Check out the Vroman’s list here.

More about the Southwest chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America here.

Read the post by Mike the Fanboy here.


‘Peeking Between the Pages’ on “Young Jane Austen”

“Young Jane Austen is beautifully written and is gorgeous inside and out,” says Darlene of the Peeking Between the Pages blog. “Highly recommended!”

Read the full review here.


‘Delighted Reader’ on “Young Jane Austen”

“A joy,” says Sophia Rose of the Delighted Reader blog about Young Jane Austen. “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.”

Read the full review here.