Publishers Weekly features YA writers Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows, who speak about their new book My Plain Jane.
Ashton: Which reminds me, do we have a new book coming out soon or what?A Book and a Cup reviews it.
Hand: Oh, yeah. We do have a new book coming out. A new Jane. My Plain Jane. I like to think of this book as Jane Eyre meets Ghostbusters.
Meadows: It’s pretty widely believed that Jane Eyre wasn’t a real person in history, but we—I’m just going to say it—have a different tale to tell. The truth is that the events in Jane Eyre really happened, but not in the way they’re shown in the book. Charlotte (Brontë, that is) and Jane were actually pre-Victorian BFFs, and the whole book of Jane Eyre was just a cover-up for the ghost business. We’ve decided that the world deserves to know what actually happened.
Hand: So My Plain Jane is a companion novel to My Lady Jane, in that it was written by the three of us in a similar comic/fantasy/rewriting history vein, but it’s an entirely separate story with totally different characters and a different set of rules. So you don’t have to read My Lady Jane first in order to enjoy My Plain Jane. And you don’t have to read Jane Eyre or watch Ghostbusters, either—although if you do, you’ll get some of our sneakier jokes.
Meadows: My Plain Jane comes out June 26 and we think everyone should read it.
Hand: Yes, please read it!
Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express is looking forward to this year's Bradford Literature Festival (June 29 - July 8), which will include
The Bronte Stones ProjectRochdale Online reports that
This festival will also feature the launch of the Brontë Stones Project, which is a unique celebration of the legacy of the famous sisters. Curated and delivered by Bradford Literature Festival and originated by writer Michael Stewart, this project will feature four new, original works of writing, engraved onto stones in different locations. These stone will connect the Brontë sisters’ birthplace in Thornton and the Brontë family parsonage at Haworth, taking visitors on a journey in the footsteps of these incredible Yorkshire sisters. (Helen Johnson)
A substantial reward has been offered after lead thieves have repeatedly targeted a historical building in Littleborough. [...]The Telegraph and Argus announces that a 'potpourri' of subjects connected with Thornton will be displayed on June 30 at Thornton Methodist Church.
Durn Mill, was located near Burn Bridge and was demolished after 1951. Today, West View, Durnlaw Close and Egerton Street are situated on the former mill site.
Brothers William (born 1836) and Alfred (born 1838) Law lived at Honresfeld, where enthusiastic art collector William kept a vast collection of paintings, manuscripts and rare books in the library. Known as the Law Collection, it included relics and manuscripts by the Brontë sisters, plus works by Turner, Rembrandt and Hunt.
Some of the manuscripts, original pencil and watercolours by Charlotte and Emily Brontë were sold in 1933, others were given to Law’s nurse and kept in the family before later being purchased by the Brontë Society.
“The Bronte connection explains how Patrick Bronte came to the village and what he achieved within his five years of service here. There is a display of pictures of the much-missed Hill Top Gala.” (Helen Mead)The Times reviews the play Machinal.
Reader, she married him, but, frankly, Charlotte Brontë would have been as flummoxed as we are. (Ann Treneman)The Guardian comments on the fact that Donald Trump Jr 'wants to make literature great again' (ie. write a book):
After all, the man hails from a famously literary family. His father has “written” almost 20 books. His sister, Ivanka, has published two. Ivana, Donald Jr’s mother, released a memoir in 2017. Even Eric has been published; he wrote the foreword to Newt Gingrich’s book Understanding Trump, which came out last year. Donald Jr, it would seem, is the Branwell Brontë of the Trump clan. (Arwa Mahdawi)A couple of French sites review the film adaptation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Par chance, il y a la timide mais aventurière Juliet, - obligatoirement auteure d’une biographie d’une sœur Brontë - prête à tout pour découvrir ce qui se cache derrière les membres pittoresques, finalement pas si avenants, et la beauté de l’océan en furie. (Anne Diatkine in Libération) (Translation)
En 1946, la jeune écrivaine Juliet Ashton cherche un nouveau sujet de livre après avoir écrit une biographie d’Anne Brontë qui n’a rassemblé que vingt-huit lecteurs puis un recueil de chroniques humoristiques dont le succès fait soudain d’elle un auteur en vue. L’argent qui afflue et la fréquentation d’un officier américain l’éloignent des souvenirs de la guerre et de ses privations. (Corinne Renou-Nativel in La Croix) (Translation)Cojestgrane24 (Poland) lists several screen adaptations of Brontë novels. Exeunt reviews Northern Ballet's Jane Eyre. Brontë Babe Blog travelled to Haworth and the Brontë Parsonage Museum (to see the exhibition Making Thunder Roar and the Pillar Potrait back home) via the Worth Valley Railway.