The Year of Jane Austen
Here's a quick roundup:
Becoming Jane: a big Hollywood movie on Jane's life, opening August 3 -- stars Anne Hathaway
The Jane Austen Book Club: based on Karen Joy Fowler's novel, opens September 21
Masterpiece Theatre will air the Complete Jane Austen Season from January through March 2008, including 4 new adaptations plus a biopic called "Miss Austen Regrets"
There are tons of new books coming out, including...
The Jane Austen Handbook, by Margaret Sullivan (Mags is the much-loved editor of AustenBlog -- be sure to check it out for more Austen news.)
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler (just got a review copy of this in the mail)
And, of course, by yours truly...
Forgive the shameless self-promotion, but I believe A Walk with Jane Austen is unique in the realm of Austen literature for its personal take on the author's life -- it's one ardent fan talking about her life story and reflecting on what her writing has meant and why we still love her so much, examining Austen themes like love, marriage, singleness, and independence, through the lens of both her life and my own, and looking at the little-discussed topic of her faith.
So prepare for a very good and very full year!