Please vote for Pride & Prejudice — The Great American Read on PBS.

Via JASNA, the Great American Read, a new feature on PBS television, is doing an online poll of favorite books, and reminding folks to please vote for Austen’s Pride and Prejudice!

Here is the link/URL —



Literary Digression: On Bookcrossing & moving books around the city.

Bookcrossing is not a traditional book club. To note, Bookcrossing(dot)com was founded by two (2) software developers in the United States, Ron and Bruce back in 2001.  Was a side project that took off and flourished — moving around the world and growing into members or Bookcrossers in over 100 countries.

When you register a book with the website, Bookcrossing(dot)com it assigned a BCID –Bookcrossing ID number.  The idea is you can follow the book from reader to reader, provided that someone writes a “new journal entry.”  This person can be another Bookcrosser or “an anonymous finder” — someone who found the book and does not want to join permanently join the site.  To note, joining is free, but members can pay a small fee for “wings” this membership upgrade, which allows some additional access/features on the website.

Some Bookcrossers are active on the Bookcrossing(dot)com website, posting in the forums, there are book relays and book rings.  Others meet up locally once a month, internationally the meeting is set for 7pm, on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  There is a convention filled with book related activities held in April hosted by Bookcrossers in different countries and cities, and also smaller and shorter gatherings regularly held, called “Unconventions.”

In 2003, I joined Bookcrossing, and sometime after, attended my first Bookcrossing meeting via Meetup(dot)com.  Eventually became a regular for Boston Book Crossing, attending our Tues. night meetings, and also sometimes we have Saturday meetings as well.  We also usually have a special meeting to attend the Boston Book Festival in October and also for the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s free performance on Boston Common.

At Bookcrossing meetings we share and trade books.  More like a literary salon in the sense we talk about books we are reading, books we have read, favorite authors, not so favorite authors, beloved bookstores, and other related or tangent topics.  Sometimes a popular book will make the rounds and we will all discuss it.  There is also a small contingent of Jane Austen fans/Janeites within our Bookcrossing local group — that I’ve sort of encouraged to join and attend JASNA meetings and lectures.

At the end of the meet-up, there are often extra books that no one has selected, aka “orphans.”  We’ll take them/take them back, to distribute in several different ways.  We have an agreement with the hostel in Boston to stock their bookshelf there — it is considered an OBCZ: an Official Book Crossing Zone.  Books are also taken or sent to folks that stock Little Free Libraries which are great for sharing books. Over the years, I’ve sent books via requests to the troops, and to US Veterans mainly through two (2) nonprofits Booksforsoldiers(dot)com and OperationPaperback(dot)org.

And in my office building, our cafeteria has a community bookcase, it’s not an official OBCZ, but I often bring our orphan books there, then swapping them out, take books that have been stranded there for awhile to a Little Free Library nearby — so sometimes feel like I’m moving books around the city, but that is okay, as long as they find a good home.

Monday 13 March 2018 at the Boston Public Library–Free talk/lecture with Ted Scheinan, author of–Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan.

To be held on 13 March, 2018, 6pm at the Boston Public Library, Central Branch, Boylston Street, Copley Square, in the Newsfeed Cafe — free talk/lecture with Ted Scheinan, author of the book: Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan.  More info. via the link —

An excerpt of the book is also featured in The Paris Review.


Call for Submissions: JASNA Annual Essay Contest: Open to High School, College/University, and Graduate Students — 2018 theme celebrating Persuasion.

Just a quick word, JASNA — the Jane Austen Society of North America has an annual essay contest open to students in three (3) categories: 1) High School, 2) College/University, and 3) Graduate School.  The deadline for submissions is May 18, 2018.

The 2018 theme, celebrates the anniversary of Austen’s novel Persuasion — The trio of faith, hope and charity all feature in Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion. Discuss how possessing or lacking these qualities affects a character’s behavior and drives the plot. You may focus on one quality or examine the interplay of two or all three. You may include more than one character in your discussion.

For more information link to the main web page/url — there is a link to the FAQs, as well as Submission Guides and PDF documents poster/flyer.