My deepest apologies and thanks to everyone who tried to make it out to the Sherwood Library event last Tuesday. What a night . . . I spent three hours in the middle of the ice storm (which didn't seem like it was going to be bad) trying to get there, only to have to turn around at 7:30 when I got to Old Town, Alexandria, which was a parking lot. Stopped at Wendy's, went to the bathroom, got back in the car for a two-hour drive home. Argh. All in all, five hours on the road to go 64 miles, which adds up to roughly 12 miles an hour. I was honored that anyone came out in that mess to hear me, and so frustrated not to be able to make it.
We've rescheduled for March 18 at 7:30 -- hoping for better weather!
I'm thrilled to announce this. A little while back I had the chance to do an interview with Sam Clay, director of the Fairfax County Library system, about A Walk with Jane Austen. The interview has now been posted on BookCast. It was so fun. I have to admit, I was literally giddy to meet the director of the Fairfax County Libraries. I realized that my status as a nerd is completely confirmed. I love libraries! You know, in college, the guys voted me most likely to be a librarian. I don't really think they meant that as a compliment.
(And in a James-Stanier-Clarke-like moment, Sam jokingly asked me if I might consider writing about his life. For the uninitiated, Clarke was librarian to the Prince Regent, and his requests that Jane write about his own life led to a series of very funny letters between them.)
I'll be speaking at several of the local libraries as well, starting tomorrow: