Books! Books! And More Books!
Did your heart skip a beat? Are you hyperventilating? Salivating like one of Pavlov’s dogs? Then you are a true bibliophile like me, Jane Austen, and her creation Marianne Dashwood.
“What a happy day for booksellers, music-sellers, and print-shops! …and as for Marianne, I know her greatness of soul, there would not be music enough in London to content her. And Books! – Thomson, Cowper, Scott – she would buy them all over and over again: she would buy up every copy, I believe, to prevent their falling into unworthy hands; and she would have every book that tells her how to admire an old twisted tree.” (Edward, Sense and Sensibility, chapter 17)
I don’t recall anything in my books about admiring a twisted tree, but I can’t help hoping there will be a few “Mariannes” at the Northwest Book Fest next weekend. What a “happy day” that will be for me and my fellow booksellers!
Even if you aren’t as fanatical as Marianne, I hope you will stop by for a visit if you’re in the Seattle area. I’ll be there Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 22 &23) in a booth with three other Austenesque authors (Laurel Ann Nattress, Susan Mason-Milks, and Jenni James). We would LOVE to chat with fellow Janeites and autograph a few books (new purchases or bring one you already own).