Happy Birthday, Aunt Jane!


It’s Jane Austen’s 235th birthday. Happy birthday, Aunt Jane! If you’re looking to celebrate, Maria Grazia of My Jane Austen Book Club and Fly High blogs is sponsoring a birthday blog tour. Check out posts at each of the blogs for giveaways:

  1. Adriana Zardini at Jane Austen Sociedad do Brasil
  2. Laurel Ann at Austenprose – A Jane Austen Blog
  3. Vic Sanborn at Jane Austen’s World
  4. Katherine Cox at November’s Autumn
  5. Karen Wasylowski at  Karen Wasylowski Blog
  6. Laurie Viera Rigler at Jane Austen Addict Blog
  7. Lynn Shepherd at her Lynn Shepherd Blog
  8. Jane Greensmith at Reading, Writing, Working, Playing
  9. Jane Odiwe at Jane Austen Sequels Blog
  10. Alexa Adams at First Impressions Blog
  11. Regina Jeffers at her Regina Jeffers Blog
  12. Cindy Jones at First Draft Blog
  13. Janet Mullany at Risky Regencies Blog
  14. Maria Grazia at My Jane Austen Book Club Blog
  15. Meredith at Austenesque Reviews

Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story ContestYou might also be interested in the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest, hosted by the Republic of Pemberley and edited by Laurel Ann of Austenprose. The contest begins on January 1, 2011, and is open to previously unpublished writers over the age of 18. Stories must be approximately 5,000 words long. Manuscripts can be submitted from January 1 until February 13. Voting for selections will take place from February 14-28. The winner will have his or her story published in the anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It, slated for publication by Ballantine in Fall 2011. What an excellent opportunity to appear alongside writers like Laurie Viera Rigler and Syrie James!

In honor of Jane’s birthday, please talk about your favorite Austen book or quote in comments, or your favorite Austen sequel or derivative work if you like. For what it’s worth, my favorite novel is Persuasion, and my favorite quote is Captain Wentworth’s letter, which has its own Facebook fan page. As it should.


2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Aunt Jane!

  1. Dana, thanks for the shout out on the Happy Birthday, Jane blog tour and the shorty story contest. What newsy week it has been for our favorite author.

    Wishing you a joyous holiday season.

    Cheers, Laurel Ann

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