March 2012


I tuned in by web to last week’s Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Chicago. It would have been exciting to be among the 9,000 participants and to hear Margaret Atwood’s keynote talk as well as many of the other authors presenting. I’m sure Virginia Woolf’s name and references to her work came up at many of the 400 sessions – I found two & noted them on the Woolf blog.

…and on and on. Which is what I wrote about in my latest Between the Lines column for the Presidio Sentinel after reading P.D. James’ Death Comes to Pemberley. The Jane mania has resulted in a fair share of silliness, but it’s also gotten people talking about and reading Jane Austen. The examples I provide are just a smattering of what’s come along in recent years.

The Virginia Woolf fascination continues as well, although I think a lot of people find Woolf’s own work more intimidating. But we’ve come a long way from when she was thought to be the character played by Elizabeth Taylor in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”