“The Orchard House” by Heidi Chiavaroli is a compelling read (review and Q and A with the author)

Two sisters, Taylor and Victoria, discover an old manuscript of poems tucked away behind a wall on the site of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord, MA. The mysterious woman, who wrote the lines over 150 years ago, shared a strong connection with Alcott. The poet would never know the life-changing influence of her …

Far From The Tree actors talk about what Little Women means to them

Row 1: Jenaya Barker- Ensemble member. Joelle Wyminga - Amy March and Script adaptor, Tyler Dumoulin - sound designer, editor, and composer, Shelby Wyminga - Jo March and director. Kirsty Provan - Meg March  Row 2: Zach Running Coyote - Laurie, Kerri Norris - Marmee, Charlotte Denton - Beth March  Row 3: John Voth - …

Recently uncovered story by a teenaged Louisa May Alcott creating quite the buzz

How would you like to be the author that finishes a story started by Louisa May Alcott? And be published in a prominent magazine? Read on ... Many of you are probably aware of a story written by then 17-year-old Louisa May Alcott uncovered at the Houghton Library and published in the current issue of …

Book Review: “Little Women: The Official Movie Companion”

I am pleased to present this guest post review by Niina Niskanen who has frequently left thoughtful comments on this blog. The premiere of the new Little Women feature film is approaching and recently a movie companion written by Gina McIntyre was released with beautiful photographs taken from the set by Wilson Webb. The book …

Summer Conversational Series at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House: “Good Wives: Marriage and Family in Little Women Part Second and Beyond — Wednesday session

By Lorraine Tosiello Notorious or Victorious? Inside the Marriages of Lucy Stone and Victoria Woodhull Lis Adams, Director of Education at Orchard House spoke about women who were famed in their time for their varied work in the women's rights and suffrage movements, both of whom had unconventional marriages. Lucy Stone was personally known to …

Summer Conversational Series at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House: “Good Wives: Marriage and Family in Little Women Part Second and Beyond — Tuesday session

NOTE: I was unable to attend this year's Summer Conversational Series at Orchard House from July 14-18 so I asked participants to act as correspondents for the days they attended.  Here is a very complete and wonderful summation of Tuesday's talks by Lorraine Tosiello. The theme of this year's conversation was Good Wives: Marriage and …

1950 biopic of Louisa May Alcott

Thanks to Lorraine Tosiello for this great find -this 15 minute biopic is pretty good! It makes me wonder if it was made in conjunction with Madeleine B. Stern's biography of Louisa released in the same year. Judging from what it included in this film, it makes me thing there was some connection. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMu2OPoXDsg&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1qW9Y-UieXTjLi1AY7CgL-Iqb4Kk62DAnqBswNxdIvEn2QYnfqYsyyt6I

Louisa May Alcott’s ocean retreat: Nonquitt today

After selling Orchard House in 1884, Louisa May Alcott invested some of the returns into a summer cottage in Nonquitt, a beachfront community in Dartmouth, MA. Nonquitt/Dartmouth are located at the southwest corner of Buzzards Bay along Massachusetts' south-facing shoreline. In fact, it runs at about a 90 degree angle to the South Shore. Here …

Call for proposals for Orchard House’s Summer Conversational Series

Here is this year's call for proposals for the Orchard House Summer Conversational Series. Visit louisamayalcott.org for more information. Are you passionate about Louisa May Alcott too? Subscribe to the email list and never miss a post! Keep up with news and free giveaways on Susan's books, Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, and …

Little Women and the meaning of agape love by Dr. Cathlin Davis

Dr. Cathlin Davis, a perennial favorite at the Summer Conversational Series gave a sermon at her church about Little Women! A rare discussion about the religious element of the Louisa May Alcott classic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKRddg9-TLM