The Early Modern Commons

Susanna Calkins, Author

Recent Posts

Exciting news--I received the Mayor's Award for the Arts

16 November 2016

Recently, I was honored by the City of Highland Park with the Mayor's Award for the Arts.What a thrill!The candle on the cake was receiving the award on my birthday, the day that all...

My first short story--the case of the lady poisoner...

30 September 2016

I'm so thrilled that my very first short story--The Trial of Madame Pelletier-- was selected for inclusion in Malice Domestic 12: Mystery Most Historical (Wildside Press, 2017).Like...

The 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire...

4 September 2016

Well, we've finally reached the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London (Well, sort of. We're on a different calendar now, but I guess it doesn't really matter really). ...

Re-starts and finding the heart of a scene...a lesson learned from Wilkie Collins?

24 July 2016

On my recent vacation, I finally got a chance to delve into a novel I've always wanted to read: THE MOONSTONE (1868) by Wilkie Collins, often considered the first modern detective novel....