“She Has Proved Immortal”: The 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s Death

Austen signatureOn July 18, 1817, Jane Austen died in Winchester, England. In declining health for more than a year, Austen was just forty-one years old when she passed away. Her cause of death is still under speculation: What Austen downplayed as rheumatism may in fact have been Addison’s Disease (an endocrine disorder) or complications from Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Other scholars suspect tuberculosis. Recently, a new theory suggested arsenic poisoning. What we do know, however, is that even death couldn’t dim her brilliant literary star. And this week, on the 200th anniversary of her death, fans on both sides of the Pond are celebrating the great writer’s life and work. Continue reading

A Society for Modern-Day Bluestockings

Bas Bleu was founded in 1994 by a true bluestocking, a book-loving lady who launched her venture from her Atlanta, Georgia, home. In the beginning, she wrote every word of catalog copy, packed and posted every order herself, and stored the company’s stock in a closet! She mailed 50,000 copies of the first edition of the Bas Bleu catalog. Today, we mail millions of copies to readers all over the country, but our little company never could have survived those early years without the enthusiasm and support of our loyal customers. That’s why, in 1999, we decided they deserved a little something extra…and the Bas Bleu Society was born! Continue reading

June 2015 Book a Month: The Coroner’s Lunch

The Coroner's LunchAs part of Bas Bleu’s 2015 Book a Month program, each month we’re offering discussion questions, author interviews, or other bonus materials to enrich your reading experience—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!)

Our customers lead us to some great reads! June’s selection, The Coroner’s Lunch, came to our attention via a Reader Review from Jean Albright of Indianapolis, Indiana. (Interested in submitting your own review? Scroll down for more info!) We’re grateful to Ms. Albright for introducing us to the delightfully cantankerous coroner-sleuth Dr. Siri. We hope you enjoyed the debut of this unconventional mystery series as much as we did! Continue reading