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Addicted to Jane Serious, imperious and occasionally delirious, the Jane Austen Society of North America gathers annually.

They call themselves—proudly, affectionately and, perhaps, with a wink—Janeites: the 5,000 members of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA), whose devotion to the works and life of the late-18th/early-19th century English novelist borders on the obsessive. And each year since 1979, the Janeites, with representatives from the society’s …

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Great Sex Scenes Baltimore-based novelist Jessica anya Blau talks about craft—and her brand-new novel—with her poet pal.

In your earlier books, you drew a lot of the plot and characters from your own experiences growing up in 1970s Southern California. “The Wonder Bread Summer” (2013) moves away from the autobiographical, but incorporates details from your own life (most memorably to me, the clothing store owner/cocaine dealer who  …

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