Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Keighley News talks about the Yorkshire Lass Gin by the Spirits of Bronte Drinks Company:
A spokesman for Spirits of Bronte Drinks Company explained: "We're very, very chuffed – un-Yorkshire-like of us, we know – to announce we've formed a partnership with the amazing Yorkshire Vodka.
"This means our Yorkshire Lass’ Gin is now going to be made locally, using water that the Bronte sisters themselves probably drunk! (...)
After a year perfecting the recipe, bottle and branding, the result is A Yorkshire Lass’ Gin, which was officially launched at the Haworth Old Hall gin festival in May.
Sam, who lives in Oakworth, explained that as a gin lover, she had identified a gap in the market for a gin with a citrus kick but a super smooth finish, adding that she "loved the idea of it being inspired by Bronte Country."
Also in Keighley News a report of the recent presence of Paul Eryk Atlas and Sha'ori Morris (Heathcliff and Catherine in Wuthering Heights 2018) at the Whitby Weekend Steampunk:
Wuthering Heights is directed by Elisaveta Abrahall who also attended the festival. Her film is the first full length retelling of the story [ehem, ehem... Wuthering Heights 1992 or 2009 anyone?] ever brought to screen and has been entered into all major International Film Festivals.
Miss Abrahall said: "We've followed the book very closely as well as dipping into fan theories, local folklore and allowed the characters a grittier edge than previous adaptations in keeping with society at the time.
"There's far more sex and violence in our version than others, because human nature does not change and we felt it important to keep Emily Brontë's visionary realism alive by truly depicting the rigours of life and inequalities in Georgian England.
"This is far more 'Game of Thrones' than 'Romeo and Juliet', but then Wuthering Heights is one of the most terrifying and obsessive love stories ever told."
MyNorth interviews Sarah Shoemaker, author of Mr Rochester:
People often dream of publishing a book in their retirement years, but it often remains just that. Just a dream. Not for Northport resident Sarah Shoemaker. Five years ago, Shoemaker was reading the novel Jane Eyre and found herself wondering, who is Mr. Rochester? She visited England and investigated the history of Jamaican sugar plantations to learn more about the character. Now, she shares her story, Mr. Rochester.
Sarah Shoemaker will be appearing as the guest speaker at the First Annual Summer Book Social on August 10 at Kirkbride Hall in the Grand Traverse Commons. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the National Writers Series, Horizon Books, and the Traverse Area District Library.
The National Writers Series shares this interview before the big event.
Veronica Gregory: Where did you get the idea to write Mr. Rochester?
Sarah Shoemaker: Five and a half years ago, my book club was discussing Jane Eyre, and, not unexpectedly, we got around to talking about Mr. Rochester. What’s with this guy? we asked ourselves. How are we supposed to understand him? He seems so angry and dark at times, and yet at other times he is almost pleasant and playful. How did Charlotte Brontë intend us to see him? Jane is so intelligent, with such a strong moral compass, and yet she not only falls in love with him, but, in the end, knowing he is married (not realizing that his wife is now dead), Jane returns to him.
As we discussed all those things, I got to thinking that it was too bad that no one has written Rochester’s story, so that we could see what made him the kind of man he is, and we could understand him better. That’s when the idea occurred to me to write Rochester’s own story, to help explain to myself and other readers what he’s all about and where he’s coming from.
The New York Times' Bookmatch answers one of the readers:
Literary stars: They’re not just like us! Ernest Hemingway shot sharks with a machine gun. Emily and Anne Brontë plotted adventures in an imaginary realm they named Gondal. Emily Dickinson spoke to visitors through half-closed doors. The unconventional lives of artists and writers have given biographers plenty to write about. (...)
The nine objects owned by Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë and affectionately cataloged by Deborah Lutz in “The Brontë Cabinet” are smaller treasures, including miniature books, a walking stick and a brass collar that fit around the large neck of Emily Brontë’s dog, Keeper. Lutz uses the humble items to tell stories about the 19th-century writers’ domestic and creative lives, placing them in the larger context of Victorian culture. (Nicole Lamy)
Signature compiles several eclipse-related quotes:
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, 1847
“My future husband was becoming to me my whole world; and more than the world: almost my hope of heaven. He stood between me and every thought of religion, as an eclipse intervenes between man and the broad sun. I could not, in those days, see God for His creature: of whom I had made an idol.” (Tom Blunt)
Circe Institute has an article on the different ways of reading Jane Eyre:
Considering the signs which attended the giving of the book, Jane Eyre is received as a genuine oracle from God himself. The book is slowly read aloud to the people, and, as is only natural, very quickly the tribe comes to see Jane Eyre addresses life itself, reality itself, and so the book may be interpreted on four different levels of consciousness. Jane Eyre is an historical account of events which might have been witnessed by the human eye. Jane Err is the moral reading of the book, wherein the events of the story prescribe the particular duty one man owes to his neighbor. Jane Air is the allegorical sense of the book, in which the hidden nature of reality itself is revealed and the reader finds his place in it. Jane Heir is the eschatological sense­­­­— the sense in which the novel bears witness to the origin of the world, but also the final state of rest which the world must necessarily achieve. (Joshua Gibbs)
Film Inquiry interviews the screenwriters Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek:
What goes into writing a good main character, in your opinion?  (Manon de Reeper)
Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek: A great character has a distinct worldview, which takes us back to the discussion of theme and why it should be the starting point. Once you’ve got that, you’ve got to give your characters room to grow — they need a good arc. Vince Gilligan once said that the way he pitched Breaking Bad was “Mr. Chips becomes Scarface.”
That has really stuck with us. It’s so simple and immensely complex at the same time. It really makes you want to know how that could happen. When we’re pitching projects we try to think of similar transformative arcs that are easy for people to understand and exciting to imagine. We got at least one job with the phrase, “Jane Eyre becomes Braveheart.”
The New York Times Real Estate section explores a local 'beach cottage':
Kilkare was constructed by shipbuilders for Camilla and Walter Edwards Sr., a descendant of Jonathan Edwards, the 18th-century Congregationalist Protestant theologian. When the Kennedys first saw it on a cold February day, “the fog was so thick all we could see was this looming Wuthering Heights,” Mrs. Kennedy said. “The bones were perfect, but it was in a state of disrepair.” (Marcelle Sussman Fischler)
Lexology has tips from children’s books that all managers should live by
While there are plenty of life lessons among the pages of Dickens, Brontë, Hardy and Britain’s literary finest, this week we are celebrating the 120th anniversary of children’s author Enid Blyton by tapping into the expertise of those authors who inspired our imaginations during childhood. (Hugh James Solicitors)
Deseret News lists some thrillers and mysteries for this summer:
"Jane Steele," by Lyndsay Faye
Jane Steele admits on the first page of this delightful mystery that she is a murderer, but just how, why and who are only part of the fast-paced journey writer Lyndsay Faye takes her readers on. The story mirrors Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre," but it's likely Ms. Eyre would not have approved of the other Jane's penchant for bumping off noxious characters. However, there are plenty of other things to love about this intelligent, kind-hearted (truly) and feisty heroine with a strong sense of social justice — like her engaging first-person narration, for one. For fans of atmospheric mysteries, this one has it all: sooty London streets, women in hoop skirts, Sikhs with swords, passionate horseback riding and lost treasure. (Cristy Meiners)
Stylist lists books for being obsessed about:
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
What’s it about? The true stories of 100 remarkable women, from Malala Yousafzai to Amelia Earheart, the Brontë sisters to Michelle Obama. Bedtime reading for the next generation of feminists. (Moya Crockett)
Eclectic NorthEast interviews the writer Malsawmi Jacob:
Who are your literary influences? (Sanskrita Bhardwaj)
A: In Mizo poetry, earlier poets like Lalmama and Nuchhungi. In English, the traditional greats like William Blake, John Keats, WB Yeats, TS Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Emily Brontë. Those are poets and novelists I greatly admired. Whether they influenced my writing as such, I don’t know.
The Film Experience reviews the film Lady Macbeth:
By contrast, while Florence Pugh delivers a remarkably powerful performance as the mutinous, willful Katherine (her character’s name and disposition initially more reminiscent of Wuthering Heights than Shakespeare), Lady Macbeth heavily telegraphs each step she takes into the moral abyss and the impulses behind it. (Lynn Lee)
Maddalena de Leo has an article in Italian on Branwell and the novel he never finished writing on The Sisters' Room.

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