Author Archives: Katherine Reay

A Book Release!

A Book Release!

I am so delighted to announce that yesterday my novel, The Printed Letter Bookshop, hit online and in stores. It’s such a delight to get to share it with you here. While it is not an Austen story, as I’m sure you can imagine, my reading of Austen over many years always influences my writing. … more goodness …

Birthdays!

Let’s Celebrate Birthdays Well! Birthdays are big deals. They provide a wonderful moment to pause, look back, dream forward and celebrate with family and friends in the here and now.  Birthdays don’t play a prominent role in Austen’s novels, but they do in her few surviving letters. I like that because it shows a wonderful… more goodness …

A Christmas Tradition

A Christmas Tradition

As we are still in the Christmas Season – for those who celebrate Christmas – I wanted to share a tradition. My aunt and mother needlepoint ornaments for my family each year. Every year my aunt needlepoints us an angel and for the past decade my mother has needlepointed one of the Twelve Days of… more goodness …

Fall Food

Fall Food

As fall grows colder, I turn to my slow cooker. I think we are hard-wired to slow down, crave warm food and seek cozy spaces in the winter. Perhaps we go into a bit of our own hibernation – after all, we expend a lot of energy in all that summer sunshine. Austen’s books provide… more goodness …

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

I can’t decide if I’m pleased I get to post today or not. I have nothing macabre to discuss… My kids don’t dress up anymore… And few kids even trick or treat in my neighborhood… But today’s my day. We’re all well into fall by now, so that’s what I’ll discuss. It’s been a busy… more goodness …

In Need of a Little Austen

In Need of a Little Austen

  In a few comments on a recent blog post, readers stated they’d experienced great loss and tough springs and summers. They looked forward to the escape a good book can provide. Books are therapy. Along with pushing us out of our world into the lives and stories of others – and some contend, forming… more goodness …

Books vs. Movies

Books vs. Movies

  It’s a fraught subject, I know. I can’t believe I’m even bringing up as it might be as divisive as politics these days… I’m kidding — Nothing is as contentious as books vs. movies. 😉 But it’s relevant to me right now, as I’m straddling between the two. Presently I’m beginning a deep dive… more goodness …

Summer Reading

Summer Reading

We read all year and yet the books we select each summer have something special about them… We plan the season – at least I do – with a little more intentionality. And I think I’m not the only one. I have had such fun this past month online looking at Summer Reading Lists, What… more goodness …

Jane Austen and Ireland

  Right now I am in Ireland. My daughter was born here, just south of Dublin, and we always said we’d take her back to her “homeland” for her sixteenth birthday. So here we are… And it’s gorgeous! In thinking about this post, I wondered about Jane Austen’s connection to Ireland. I recalled a few… more goodness …