Alcestis at Ilium

I just heard from Soho that they’ve sold the Turkish rights for Alcestis to Epsilon Publishing! This is my first foreign rights sale and I’m thrilled. My editor Katie Herman tells me that Epsilon publishes Ha Jin, Barbara Kingsolver, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Charles Frazier, among others. I have to get back to dissertation-writing now —…

Those kids and their free culture

Things I am really tired of seeing knee-jerk GET OFF MY LAWN responses to from authors: The Times article about the German novelist who “remixed” (her word) or “plagiarized” (lots and lots of outraged posts) a novel published by another German writer, in a novel about remix culture. Do I think she should have credited…

Back in Austin

My brief jaunt out of town turned into a slightly longer jaunt out of town, thanks to the snow and ice storm that hit the mid-south this week. But I’m back, just in time for the official launch of Alcestis! Expect a longer blog post tomorrow, but for now, check out this Washington Post article…

Recommending some recommendations

A quick thank you to the wonderful Elizabeth Loupas, who invited me to write a guest blog post about Alcestis for her blog. Elizabeth and I share our lovely agent, Diana Fox, and we both write historical fiction. (Elizabeth’s The Second Duchess will be out in February 2011.) This month, Elizabeth has been doing a…

The beautiful undead

Okay, one more post about Twilight and then I’m done for now, I promise. I wanted to link to the best article about the books I’ve read so far, Jenny Turner’s piece at the London Review of Books, “The Beautiful Undead.” Turner hits many of the same notes that other journalists and bloggers have: there’s…

A whole week of the semester

I’ve been teaching my intro English class on the history of the romance for a week now and so far everything is sunshine and roses.  Seriously, I’m very happy with this class and I think we’re going to have a great time, partly because many of the students chose the class because they want to…

The waves

See accompanying image for an illustration of what the oncoming semester feels like. I’m just about done prepping a new class — an intro English lit class, “Women’s Popular Genres” — and I’ve finished my wonderful two-year internship at the Harry Ransom Center, where I worked in the Public Services department.  I’m finishing up my…