Louisa May Alcott is My Passion: The Podcast! Episode Three: Louisa the runner, the real Beth’s piano, and more

"I always thought I must have been a deer or a horse in some former state, because it was such a joy to run." Louisa May Alcott, "Sketch of Childhood, by herself." Welcome to the third episode of Louisa May Alcott is My Passion: The Podcast! Welcome to the third episode of Louisa May Alcott …

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Louisa May Alcott is My Passion: The Podcast! Episode Two: Wrap-up of the 2016 Summer Conversational Series

"It's amazing how lovely common things become, if one only knows how to look at them." (from "Marjorie's Three Gifts," 1877) Welcome to the second episode of Louisa May Alcott is My Passion: The Podcast! During the next thirty six minutes I will give you an overview of the recent Summer Conversational Series, "'Finding Beauty …

A dream book launch–Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message makes its debut at The Barrow Bookstore in Concord

For an author obsessed with all things Alcott, does it get any better than this? Launching a book about the most famous Alcott, Louisa, in The Barrow, a bookstore housed in a building owned by descendants of Anna Alcott Pratt in the heart of Concord, Massachusetts ... it's a dream come true. A book store …

Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message is here! Book signing this Sunday in Concord.

Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message is here! Book Signing/Launch this Sunday, Dec. 6, 4 pm Short presentation followed by conversation and signing-- let's gab about Louisa! The Barrow Bookstore, 79 Main Street, Concord, MA (rear of the building, behind Fritz & Gigi) Are you passionate about Louisa May Alcott too? Subscribe to the …

Places that are redemptive, and damning: Monday presentation by Stephen Burby at the Summer Conversational Series

Note: Mr. Burby kindly gave me his presentation (handwritten notes and all) in lieu of the fact that I was unable to attend the Monday session of the Summer Conversational Series. I thank him for doing so. This is a longer post than usual as I found his presentation to be quite thought-provoking. * * * …

Summer Conversational Series for Tuesday, July 14

Yesterday's session for the 2015  Summer Conversational Series featured these three distinguished presenters: Cathlin Davis, PhD Dr. Davis spoke at length on "The Healing Power of Nature: Friendly Sunshine and Fresh Air," drawing upon her extensive knowledge of Louisa's canon. There is probably no one more knowledgeable about Louisa's writing than Dr. Davis who has …

Alcott Immersion Warning: the wondrous things that can happen when you study too much!

After four years of constant reading, study, writing and pondering on one family, I think I understand now how actors prepare for their roles, and the subsequent consequences of their immersion into their characters. Taking on the Louisa persona I'm acquainted with a couple of people (Jan Turnquist and Marianne Donnelly) who, as actresses, take …