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Erin Blakemore

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San Diego, CA, The United States



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Erin M. Blakemore learned to drool over Darcy and cry over Little Women in suburban San Diego, California. These days, her inner heroine loves roller derby, running her own business, and hiking in her adopted hometown of Boulder, Colorado.


I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be speaking at the 2014 Kansas Library Association Conference this October.

The conference has a theme that’s close to my heart, indeed: Out of the Stacks: Engaging Communities, Promoting Learning. I’ll be doing two sessions…a breakfast session on finding a book for every reader and a workshop on how librarians can connect their young readers to the stories be...

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Average rating: 3.57 · 738 ratings · 213 reviews · 2 distinct works · Similar authors
The Heroine's Bookshelf: Li...
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Erin Blakemore made a comment on The House Behind
"Connie wrote: "Dear Erin,
Your impressions of The Secret Annex were so like mine. While I was teaching in Germany in the 1980s, I toured there each tim
"The Hello Kitty pen is a hit, apparently! I wish the pic showed the sparkly ink. "
Erin Blakemore made a comment on Book Shame
"Better than the NYT article on why adults shouldn't read YA! ;)

Enjoy your romances.
"Jane wrote: "Congrats on sticking with it and achieving that annoying exhilaration of figuring it out.

I like PPW--good group."

Thanks! It was definitel...more
Erin Blakemore said "yes" to attending Meet The Authors Luncheon
date: March 24, 2012 10:00AM
location: Mount Vernon Country Club, 24933 Club House Circle, Golden, CO, The United States
description: Meet the Authors Luncheon for the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Foothills Branch.
"Thanks, Lucy. It's a weird, hard, road, but I'm enjoying it! :) "
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“As women, we are the protagonists of our own personal novels. We are called upon to be the heroines of our own lives, not supporting characters.”
Erin Blakemore, The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder

“In times of struggle, there are as many reasons not to read as there are to breathe. Don’t you have bigger things to do? Reading, let alone re-reading, is the terrain of milquetoasts and mopey spinsters. At life’s ugliest junctures the very act of opening a book can smack of cowardly escapism. Who chooses to read when there’s work to be done?

Call me a coward if you will, but when the line between duty and sanity blurs, you can usually find me curled up with a battered book, reading as if my mental health depended on it. And it does, for inside the books I love I find food, respite, escape, and perspective.”
Erin Blakemore, The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder

“I am here to posit that it's exactly in these moments of struggle and stress that we need books the most. There's something in the pause to read that's soothing in and of itself. A moment with a book is basic self-care, the kind of skill you pass along to your children as you would a security blanket or a churchgoing habit.”
Erin Blakemore, The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons, from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder

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