Louisa May Alcott is My Passion Podcast

Love Louisa May Alcott, author of "Little Women"? Come join host Susan Bailey of the popular "Louisa May Alcott is My Passion" blog for this lively and informative 30-minute podcast, with a new episode each month. Hear from experts and scholars, fans and even Louisa herself! Audience feedback encouraged--let's talk about Louisa--engaging and fun conversation among Alcott friends.
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Aug 26, 2016
"I always thought I must have been a deer or a horse in some former state, because it was such a joy to run." Louisa May Alcott, "Sketch of Childhood, by herself."

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Welcome to the third episode of Louisa May Alcott is My Passion: The Podcast!

Welcome to the third episode of Louisa May Alcott is My Passion: The Podcast! While we may not yet feel the chill in the air here in New England, September is just around the corner and with it, Orchard House’s annual benefit, the 5K Run/Walk featuring three-time Boston Marathon winner, two-time Olympian and Louisa devotee Uta Pippig. Today I will talk with Jan Turnquist, executive director at Orchard House about this run/walk, now in its 11th year. This particular year features some exciting guests and a special presentation along with the run and walk. Click on the link to see all the details. I’ll share a reading from Little Women that fits nicely with the episode’s theme, catch you up on the latest news and at the end of the podcast, we’ll hear from Louisa herself.

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A reading from Little Women, and a reflection from
Louisa May Alcott Illuminated by the Message:

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Orchard House Annual 5K Run/Walk Sunday, September 11 at 11 am --
interview with Jan Turnquist

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Jan shares some wonderful stories about this wonderful event and exciting news about a special presentation associated with the run. You can sign up for the run and find out more at – the link will be on the show notes. If you run the race send me your pictures at and I'll post on the Louisa May Alcott is My Passion Facebook page.

I'd love to hear from you – share your feedback on the SpeakPipe app found on the blog where you can leave audio feedback. Just click on the green “Start Recording” button. SpeakPipe App is also available on the Louisa May Alcott is My Passion Facebook Page., in the left hand column under Apps. Just click on the icon and leave your message. You can also send an email to

Be sure and visit the blog post at Louisa May Alcott is My Passion to see much more including a photo of Bronson's journey entry regarding Lizzie's piano and video for the Orchard House Annual 5K Run/Walk.

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Jul 28, 2016

"It's amazing how lovely common things become, if one only knows how to look at them." (from "Marjorie's Three Gifts," 1877)

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Welcome to the second episode of Louisa May Alcott is My Passion: The Podcast!

During the next thirty-six minutes I will give you an overview of the recent Summer Conversational Series, "'Finding Beauty in the Humblest Things' -- Louisa May Alcott's Literary Vision" which took place July 10-14 at Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. You'll get to hear from many of the speakers and hear a summary of their presentations. Here on the show notes I have links to my notes so that you can get all the details.  

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These here are just abbreviated show notes. Visit the blog post while you listen for the complete text and photos.



Cathlin Davis, PhD “Bringing Beauty to the World: Youthful Reformers in Louisa May Alcott’s Juvenile Fiction”

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Elise Hooper: “Extraordinary Beauty in an Ordinary World: May Alcott and Women’s Painting during the 19th Century”

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Anne-Laure François “A Lesson in the True Necessities and Means of Life: Louisa’s Children as Wise Seers of the Sublime in Everyday Life”

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Kristi Lynn Martin “The Sacred Domestic, Memorialization, and Literary Imagination in the Alcott Sisters’ Sphere”

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A visit from Louisa May Alcott!

Gabrielle Donnelly “Castles in the Air Versus Two Inches of Ivory: A Comparison of Louisa May Alcott’s Sisters with Jane Austen’s Bennets.”

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John Matteson “Five at Fredericksburg: Revising What We Know about The Battle that Transformed American Culture.”

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Part two of Dr. Matteson’s presentation was an encore of the presentation he made last May at the Concord Inn which you can read about in my blog post, “Finding the ‘prince of patients’—John Matteson discovers the whereabouts of John Suhre from Hospital Sketches”

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Jun 14, 2016

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A reading

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Work: A Story of Experience, from Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message by Susan Bailey, pgs. 88-89

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The Louisa May Alcott Summer Reading Challenge at "In the Bookcase"
Goodreads discussion group


"Walpole's Louisa May Alcott,"
sponsored by the Walpole, NH Historical Society

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The Summer Conversational Series at Orchard House  


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with Lis Adams, Education Director of Orchard House
on the Summer Conversational Series.

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And some words from the old girl herself!

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as portrayed by Jan Turnquist.

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