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By Deborah Yaffe, Aug 6 2013 07:09PM

The big day is finally here: Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom, my book about Austen obsessives and the passion we all share, is officially launched!


Here's a roundup of today's press:

--I talked about the book on "The Brian Lehrer Show" on WNYC, the New York City NPR station. You can listen to the broadcast here.

--I have a guest post about how I came to write the book on Austenprose (and readers can enter a giveaway for a free copy).

--The Hairpin, a general-interest women's blog, has a Q&A with me.

--And there's another Q&A at Maria Grazia's My Jane Austen Book Club.

--At the Huffington Post, I describe "10 Signs of Jane Austen Addiction."

--Shelf Awareness, a book-trade newsletter, calls Among the Janeites "witty, informative, clever and warmhearted." (Scroll down about three-quarters of the page, to "Essays & Criticism."


Stop by these sites and leave a comment!


By Deborah Yaffe, Aug 4 2013 05:31PM

Maggie Sullivan's AustenBlog, though relatively quiet over the past year or so, has been a go-to source for news about Jane Austen and pop culture since 2004. When I first began thinking about writing a book on Jane Austen fans, I was partly inspired by Sullivan's incisive critique of Claire Harman's Jane's Fame, which, the review noted, treated contemporary Austen fandom in little depth.


"It would have been really interesting to have One Of Us, a Janeite who is “not afraid to be seen wallowing” as Ms. Harman put it, write an overview of the State of the Fandom, even a constructively critical one," Sullivan wrote. I quoted that line in my book proposal.


So it's very satisfying to report that AustenBlog finds Among the Janeites to be "the most thoroughly enjoyable Austen-related book we’ve read in some time." I've been reading AustenBlog daily for years now, and this accolade means a lot to me.


By Deborah Yaffe, Aug 4 2013 03:31PM

Salon is running an excerpt from Among the Janeites -- the chapter about the Jane Austen Society of North America's Annual General Meeting -- headlined "ComicCon for Jane Austen fans!"


FYI: Since it's the last chapter of the book, it contains some (mild) spoilers and many references to people who appear in earlier chapters, so if you're planning to read the whole book, you may want to check out the Salon contribution later.


By Deborah Yaffe, Apr 22 2013 01:00PM

The other night I was trying, once again, to persuade two of my friends to read Jane Austen. They’re both smart, well-educated native English speakers who enjoy reading novels, but they seem to have a curious psychological resistance to reading one of the all-time greatest of English novelists. One of these friends dropped out of my neighborhood Jane Austen reading group after just a few chapters of Northanger Abbey; the other has had a paperback of Persuasion gathering dust on her shelves since – well, since I gave it to her, four or five years ago.


And, of course, they’re not alone. Although we Janeites like to think that Austen’s greatness is universally acknowledged, the Austen-haters are out there in force. If you doubt me, just Google “hate Jane Austen,” and feast your eyes on, for instance, Modern Day Storyteller, or Last Best Angry Man, or The Gloss, or Abby Rogers.

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