Category Archives: Authors

What if Jane Eyre fell in love with a rock star?

Thursday, October 21, 11:30am

Associate Professor of English April Lindner will read from her new novel, Jane, a contemporary retelling of the classic Jane Eyre.

View the book trailer: Jane, by April Lindner

Praise for Jane:

” I couldn’t put Jane down!  Whether you love literature, romance, thrillers, or anything in between, you’ll get swept up in Jane all the way to its scrumptious, satisfying end.”  – Sara Shepard, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars series

“There’s nothing plain about JaneApril Lindner executes the cool trick of being stubbornly loyal  to the well-loved original while creating something totally new and captivating”
– Ceciily van Ziegesar, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Gossip Girl Series

Copies of Jane will be available for purchase by cash or check.

Shakespeare Alive and Well

As a former English major and lifetime lover of good literature, it’s always exciting for me to see how the Web 2.0 world is pushing the bounds of how we think about the Classics.  Moving content online and beginning dynamic discussions breathes new life into old topics.  News on the Rialto, a blog created and updated by Shakespeare Magazine’s staff, is no exception.  From new movie and play productions to new discoveries about Shakespeare’s life, see how his life and work is still relevant, how cultures across the globe are retelling his stories, and how incredibly interesting a guy who lived almost 400 years ago can really be.

African American Read-In

As many of you probably know, February is Black History month, and, in the spirit of celebrating African American contributions to society and culture, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English sponsors a nation-wide read-in of African American literature.  All across the country, all month long, schools, college campuses, churches, libraries, and other community and cultural centers will host gatherings where people can come, listen, and read their favorite writing from African American authors.

The Drexel Library, too, has a history of joining in with their own hosted read-in, which will take place on Monday, February 2, at 3:30 p.m.  Come join in by bringing your favorite African American writer’s work to read, or just come by to listen and reflect.

We hope to see you there!

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Who says that writers have to struggle?

In the beginning of October, Forbes reported on the world’s top ten most highly paid authors.  No surprise that J.K. Rowling tops the list, and the others (Stephen King, Tom Clancey, etc.) are big names as well.  The article comments not only on those dollar amounts worth blushing over (Rowling apparently makes 5 British pounds per second), but the phenomenon of ‘branding’ particular authors and works, as movies, video games, action figures, etc. turn literary characters into enormous franchises.