In London tonight we plan to celebrate together with a glass of bubbly and a home-cooked meal. We’ll be raising our glasses to the US edition of A Secret Sisterhood, which Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are publishing stateside today. And we’ll also be toasting all the readers of Something Rhymed who encouraged us to write a book on female literary friendship.
It won’t be long before we get to help this edition make its way into the world during our US book tour.
We’d love to meet some of you in person at the following engagements in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles:
Thursday 26 October, 6-7.30pm – Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney in conversation with Kate Bolick at NYU Bookstore, New York City
Saturday 28 October, 2-4pm – The Jane Austen Society of North America – NY Metropolitan Region and the Brontë Society American Chapter: Conversation with Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney (chaired by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore) at Shakespeare & Co, New York City
Wednesday 1 November, 6pm – A Celebration of Literary Sisterhood: Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney in conversation with Mary Volmer and Cheryl Crocker McKeon at Book Passage, San Francisco (event sponsored by the WNBA-SF, Saint Mary’s College MFA in Creative Writing)
Tuesday 7 November, 7pm – Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney present and sign A Secret Sisterhood, in conversation with Elizabeth L. Silver, and joined by Julia Fierro and Caeli Wolfson at Vroman’s Book Store, Pasadena
Wednesday 8 November, 6pm – Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney in conversation with Prof. Michelle Carriger at UCLA (event sponsored by UCLA’s English Department and Friends of English)
In the meantime, we have upcoming UK events at Chawton House Library, Bloomsbury Literature Festival and Wantage Literary Festival.
We long ago promised each other that we would try our best to enjoy the process of getting published, because we knew all too well that chances to celebrate can be few and far between. Today seems a good time to reflect on A Secret Sisterhood’s publicity highlights to date:
Medley of vivid narratives – The Atlantic
Midorikawa and Sweeney have committed an exceptional act of literary espionage. English literature owes them a great debt – The Financial Times
Glorious insights into female rivalry and female solidarity and the delicate balancing act required to ensure one doesn’t override the other – The Herald
These forgotten friendships, from illicit and scandalous to radical and inspiring, are revelations – Kirkus
Evocative and well-researched ode to female solidarity – Publishers Weekly
Best Holiday Reads 2017 – Observer
The Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2017 – Publishers Weekly
Articles, essays, excerpts and interviews
And there’ll be more soon in Kirkus, Lenny, LitHub, The Millions, The Paris Review, Smithsonian, and TIME.
We’ll be back with another guest blog from another pair of modern-day female writer friends.
7 thoughts on “Released today in the USA: A Secret Sisterhood: The literary friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf”
Congratulations Emma and Emily! How exciting. Wishing you a wonderful time in the US promoting ‘A Secret Sisterhood’.
Thanks so much, Ali. We really do appreciate that, and hope that your writing is going well.
Many congratulations to you both, wonderful news! Enjoy every moment, hope it goes really well.
Thank you so much. We really appreciate the good wishes, and the help you have given us.
I’m so happy you can share your book with a U.S. audience. My copy arrived in the mail today. (I already own the U.K. version, so now I have an extra copy to share with a friend.) I immediately read (reread) the lovely forward by Margaret Atwood and was reminded of the layers of sisterly friendship and support woven throughout. How appropriate that a book written by two friends about pairs of writer friends has a forward by a mentoring writer friend!
Thank you so much for getting in touch, Elizabeth. Those kind words mean a lot to us. We are really grateful for your support of this book, and the blog too of course. We hope your friend enjoys A Secret Sisterhood.