Monday, 30 April 2012


In the June memoir, All Roads Lead to Austen the author Amy Elizabeth Smith took Jane Austen’s works along with her as she travelled to foreign countries. Her goal was to see if the magic of Jane Austen could hold its power across borders, languages and cultures. 

Blurb -  With a suitcase full of Jane Austen novels en español, Amy Elizabeth Smith set off on a yearlong Latin American adventure: a traveling book club with Jane. In six unique, unforgettable countries, she gathered book-loving new friends— taxi drivers and teachers, poets and politicians— to read Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice.
Whether sharing rooster beer with Guatemalans, joining the crowd at a Mexican boxing match, feeding a horde of tame iguanas with Ecuadorean children, or tangling with argumentative booksellers in Argentina, Amy came to learn what Austen knew all along: that we're not always speaking the same language— even when we're speaking the same language.
But with true Austen instinct, she could recognize when, unexpectedly, she'd found her own Señor Darcy.
All Roads Lead to Austen celebrates the best of what we love about books and revels in the pleasure of sharing a good book— with good friends.

Amy took Jane to far off countries – now her publishers at Sourcebooks want your help to take her even further! They are holding a contest called All Around the World with Jane! If you wish to join them on their  Austen love fest you should print out the Jane Austen “flat Stanley.”  ( see picture below) . Take pictures of yourself with Jane in your hometown or on your vacation, and submit it from April 30th – June 30th!

Sourcebooks publishers will award the following prizes to the individuals with the most creative picture:

1 Grand Prize Winner will receive:
  • An E-reader with all of our available Austen sequels/continuations downloaded on to it
  • A signed copy of All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith
  • A Skype session with Amy Elizabeth Smith
3 Second Place Winners will receive:
  • A signed copy of All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith
  • A choice of 5 Jane Austen sequels/continuations from Sourcebooks
5 Third Place Winners will receive:
  • A signed copy of All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith
 You can then submit your pictures on the All Around the World with Jane Facebook page or email your submission to

Below are some examples of where Jane has been already ( The Jane Austen Centre in Bath and Times Square, NYC) along with the flat Stanley that you can print off (also available on the Facebook page). 

One more thing! Barnes & Noble will be offering this title as a NOOK early exclusive and will be offering the e-Book at $6.99 starting Monday April 30thfor a limited time!

Amy Elizabeth Smith will be my guest on June 8th. Stay tuned!


MonicaP said...

This is a fun idea! And such wonderful prizes, too. Who wouldn't want to go around the world with Jane?

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

LUV this !
but definitely easier to travel with Jane in an ereader ;) than a suitcase full of books...
thank you for the headsup!

Helen said...

Great fun ... thans for heads up Maria!!!!

Jakki L. said...

What a great idea & giveaway! Better run out & take my picture! ;)