Meeting Amy Belding Brown, author of “Mr. Emerson’s Wife”

I had the privilege yesterday of meeting author Amy Belding Brown who as you know, wrote the historical novel, Mr. Emerson’s Wife , based upon the lives of Waldo and Lidian Emerson and their relationships with Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, and other famous Transcendentalists. Sharing lattes together at a local cafe/country store, Amy and …

The American Library Association Louisa May Alcott Project: A DVD and Book Start a Movement

In May of 1868, a publisher asked an author to write a book specifically targeted "for girls." His plan was twofold: to capitalize on this up-and-coming author's growing popularity, and to capture a corner of a brand new genre of children's literature. The author begrudgingly obliged, and ended up producing one of the best selling, …

First Report from the ALA Workshop on Louisa May Alcott: strictly from a fan’s perspective

Today was such an amazing day that I am asking you to please indulge me. I want to file two reports but the first one needs to be from a gushing fan; the more informative report will come later over the weekend. I started this blog with the express purpose of meeting other fans of …

ALA Alcott Programs to feature Daniel Shealy, Harriet Reisen and Nancy Porter, and Jan Turnquist

And I have been invited to attend! I will be able to take pictures and will take extensive notes so that you can 'virtually' go there too. Harriet Reisen was kind enough to invite me to participate and I am very much looking forward to hearing from Daniel Shealy who helped to edit Louisa May …

Watch Harriet Reisen on CSPAN talk about her bio on Louisa May Alcott

Be sure and visit my Audio/Visual page and scroll down to "See the author, Harriet Reisen, on  CSPAN discussing her book" to watch the video. It lasts a little over an hour but has many fascinating insights.

Follow-up to “What was ailing Louisa May Alcott?”

Harriet Reisen sent me a section from her book, Louisa May Alcott The Woman Behind Little Women that nicely summarizes Drs. Hirschhorn and Greaves' article (see post): Chapter 17: “The Cream of Things,” (page 271 in hardback) “Louisa continued to believe Dr. Kane’s 1870 diagnosis, that mercury poisoning from calomel lay at the root of …

ALA announces grants to 30 libraries for Louisa May Alcott outreach

How about this for exciting news?? Originally posted on the ALA website For Immediate Release Tue, 01/04/2011 - 14:12 Contact: Angela Thullen Public Programs Office (PPO) CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that 30 libraries will receive $2,500 grants to support five …

Two new videos added to the Audio/Visual portion of this blog

Be sure and check out 2 new videos I found in my travels which are posted on the Audio/Visual page of this blog: Interview with Harriet Reisen on her book and DVD, Louisa May Alcott The Woman Behind Little Women I learned some new things watching this video and really loved Ms. Reisen's obvious passion …

A review of Harriet Reisen’s book and DVD from one of our own

Our friend Jillian has written another beautiful post about Louisa May Alcott, this time reviewing Harriet Reisen's and book and DVD, Louisa May Alcott The Woman Behind Little Women. Here's the link: http://jillianisreading.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/book-25-louisa-may-alcott-the-woman-behind-little-women-by-harriet-reisen/#comment-1781

“Love and Self-Love,” another early success story for Louisa May Alcott

As I continue to slowly go through Susan Cheever's Louisa May Alcott A Personal Biography and read yet more background, I came upon a story of Louisa's that related to her  incident at the Mill Dam where she nearly threw herself into the water in despair,  to end her life. That story, "Love and Self-Love" …