I love this interview on Relzreviewz:  it includes several photos from my visit to the Ben-Hur set in Rome. Being able to walk around on the track where the chariot race was filmed was incredibly exciting!

Nice feature on Ben-Hur in the July 19 Publishers Weekly. What a great way to start off!

PBS Newshour did a lovely segment on the last season of “Downton” and I got to chat with Judy Woodruff!

Nice interview in NorthJersey.com to tie in with the Smithsonian mini-doc below.

Last spring I got myself all dolled up and spent a happy hour or so talking to a camera about American heiresses and English lords. Well, guess what: the camera was on! And the results are part of the Smithsonian Channel’s three-episode series called “Million-Dollar Princesses.” It airs — how conveniently! — Sunday, January 4 at 8 p.m. Just before the “Downton” Season 5 preview. Amazing, huh?

Now this is news indeed: To Marry an English Lord on the New York Times Best Seller List! (At number eight.)

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Here’s video on C-SPAN of a talk I gave at the Kansas City Public Library in September. Haven’t been able to bring myself to watch, but I believe it runs about an hour.

The clever folks at edithwharton.org organized a read along to mark the 100th anniversary of Mrs. W’s The Custom of the Country.They asked me to contribute a blog post so I picked the chapters where Undine understands the reality of her marriage to the French Marquis de Chelles. Fun! (For me: not so much for Undine.)

I had a great time talking to Ann Fisher of All Sides, WOSU Public Media. (That’s Ohio’s NPR affiliate.) I do love a radio show with questions from callers!

My first literary festival, in Springfield, Missouri! (Also my first visit to the Ozarks.)

I had another fun interview with the indefatigable Peachy Deegan of whomyouknow.com. This time we talked about, oh, gosh, To Marry an English LordDownton Abbey, Leaving Van Gogh, The Official Preppy Handbook, pearls, coffee, Dan Stevens… pretty much everything, actually.

Those clever folks at the Huntington Library and Gardens out in San Marino CA blogged about To Marry an English Lord on Valentine’s Day.  Romantic, no?

Here’s a link to a fun interview with Kim Carson of WGVU Radio in Grand Rapids, MI.

I’ll be interviewed on Sirius XM Radio‘s “Cover to Cover” show, Tuesday January 8 at 3 p.m. Eastern.

Nothing here you don’t know. But I was pretty chuffed (note Anglicism) to see my name on the Time magazine website. Scroll down — it’s there.

Just in time for the Jan. 6 debut of “Downton Abbey” Season 3: an interview on the wonderful site whomyouknow.com Thanks, Peachy Deegan!

Here’s a profile of yours truly on the indispensable website womanaroundtown.com. Talking to Robin Weaver about “Downton” and American heiresses was a real treat.

Goodness, Julian Fellowes has been lured Stateside! Just in case you didn’t know, he announced on November 28 that he would write and produce a series for NBC called “The Gilded Age.” It’s to be set in the 1880s and will feature the creators (and their staff, one suspects) of the massive new fortunes of the era. The New York Times featured a photo of Lord Fellowes standing in front of Edith Wharton’s Berkshires home, “The Mount.” If he sticks with Mrs. Wharton as a guide he’ll do just fine, but I can’t help feeling that To Marry an English Lord will come in  handy for this effort as well.

On September 27, the UK Daily Mail ran an interview with Lord Fellowes that reiterated the connection between “Downton Abbey” and To Marry an English Lord. Better yet, Fellowes said he was considering writing a prequel to “Downton” that traced the romance between Robert and Cora. Which is exactly the territory covered by To Marry… Evidently Robert married Cora entirely for her money, and the romance only blossomed later. I can’t wait to know more — and think of the lovely costumes!

This lovely review appeared in the UK Daily Telegram on August 16. Part of the run-up to the UK airing of Season 3 of “Downton Abbey,” perhaps? My favorite part: “Sparkles on every page!”

Why, look — here is a column about To Marry an English Lord I wrote for Huffington Post. In it I reveal how thrilled I was to find out that Julian Fellowes said it inspired Downton Abbey. Still makes me so proud!

Nice review of To Marry an English Lord in the May 13 issue of Tulsa World. My favorite part is that the opening photo toggles between our book jacket and, yes, a Downton Abbey still!

Here’s the link to that Connecticut Public Radio show on February 22 — turned out to be very interesting. I’m on in the last 15 minutes.

On the To Marry an English Lord front, I’m being interviewed on Connecticut Public Radio February 22, around 1:40 p.m. They’re doing a segment on the huge success of, guess what, “Downton Abbey,” and I get to weigh it. Should be fun!

Got an iPad? Then consider this ravishing app, “Van Gogh’s Dream,” which is all about Vincent’s days in Auvers with Dr. Gachet. Look for gorgeous reproductions of the paintings he made in those 70 days, and cutting-edge scholarship, too. This week it was the best-selling app in France!

“60 Minutes” ran a segment on October 15 to promote the new bio, Van Gogh: The Life. The authors suggest that VVG didn’t kill himself and the key question is, “Where’d he get the gun?” The solution proposed by Leaving Van Gogh is apparently not the answer they’re looking for!

Ovation just bought the rights to the BBC’s docu-drama called Van Gogh: Painted with Words. Benedict Cumberbatch plays VVG and the clip I found on YouTube is brilliant.

This is huge, folks: discovery of a possible full-length pastel portrait of VVG. Looks awfully good to me, I have to say. And the title? “L’Incompris,” or “The Misunderstood.” That seems just about right, doesn’t it?

Evidently Jane Avril, the dancer so often portrayed by Toulouse-Lautrec, spent a couple of years at the Salpêtrière, and was even discovered dancing at the Bal des Folles! After Gachet’s time, it seems.

Can’t help myself here: what would Dr. Gachet think of the new Vincent Van Gogh Barbie? 

The Van Gogh Museum just announced a big renovation 2012-13, to prepare for Amsterdam’s Big Year in 2013: the VG Museum turns 40, it’s Vincent’s 160th birthday, the Rijksmuseum will re-open. The cream of the collection will still be visible at the Hermitage Amsterdam while the work’s being done.

Another great iPhone/iPad Van Gogh app, this one from the Van Gogh Museum and called Yours, Vincent. It’s based on the letters and includes lots of video. And it’s free!

I’d always thought it was a pity that Vincent never painted Theo, but now it seems that perhaps he did.  Update: and then again, maybe he didn’t? Clearly we’ll be arguing about this for decades.

from the Van Gogh Museum: evidently Theo on the left!

 

Leaving Van Gogh includes a scene where Dr. Gachet, trying to find a way to help Vincent, consults with the great neurologist Charcot. So I can’t wait to read the new book on Charcot, Medical Muses.

Leaving Van Gogh hits the best-seller list in Marin County!

I got a lovely email from Dominique Janssens recently– he is the current owner of the Auberge Ravoux, where Vincent lived while he was in Auvers. M. Janssens sent me this beautiful photograph of Vincent’s room. When I visited in 2007 I found it amazingly moving. Below, see a photograph of the Auberge and its staff, dated around 1890. “Chambres meublées” — that’s furnished rooms, like the one Vincent occupied.

There have been some comments on Amazon.com that readers would have liked illustrations of the paintings mentioned in the novel. I’ve just revised the material on the “Gallery” tab accordingly: you can now find all the images Dr. Gachet refers to in Leaving Van Gogh, linked to the page where they are described. If you want more, try this terrific iPhone/iPad app. Some of the dating is inaccurate but when you scroll through the “Auvers” section to the portrait of Dr. Gachet, you will be delighted.

Nice in-the-wild sighting: the end of the alphabet is such a great neighborhood!