It’s been almost three weeks in the U.S. since the biography and stories came out. Next week they come out in the UK.   In advance of the UK publication, W.W. Norton UK has put up an excerpt of the biography. You can read the prologue and get a sense of the book. (The links […]


Constance Fenimore Woolson was born on this day in 1840. I can’t imagine a better birthday present for her than her picture on the cover of The New York Times Book Review!   Although she was squeamish during her life about her picture appearing in print, I think she would be happy to know now […]


The publication date is supposed to be Feb. 29 for both Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist and Miss Grief and Other Stories. However, it seems both books are being shipped now. Amazon shows them as ready to ship. Those who have pre-ordered them are starting to get emails saying they have been shipped. And the […]


The BBC has 10 books it would like you to consider reading this month. I couldn’t be more thrilled that one of them is mine: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160129-ten-books-to-read-in-february. It was a happy night last night when I opened my Facebook and Twitter accounts to see a flurry of posts and tweets spreading the news, courtesy of the article’s author, Jane Ciabattari. […]


I’m offering a free sneak peek of Constance Fenimore Woolson’s Miss Grief and Other Stories, to be published by W. W. Norton on February 29, to subscribers of my newsletter. You can read my Introduction and the short story “Solomon” before the book hits bookshelves by subscribing to “The Woolson and Alcott Chronicles” here. Woolson (1840-1894) was the most […]


Publication day (Feb. 29) is six and a half weeks away. The pre-publication reviews are in, and now I sit and wait. Or not. I’m not very good at sitting and waiting. So I’m working on getting a few things going. First, another (final) Goodreads giveaway is in progress. If you would like a free copy (not […]


One of the new experiences for me as a trade author is the process of getting reviews. When I published my first two book with an academic press, it took a year or more for reviews to start coming in. This time around, as Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist and Miss Grief and Other Stories get […]