Devoney Looser is a professor of English at Arizona State University and author or editor of six books on literature by women. Her new book, The Making of Jane Austen, will be out in June 2017, exploring the people and events that shaped both Austen's early fame and the way we imagine this beloved writer. She's been in New Zealand as the keynote speaker at Dunedin's "Family Ties" symposium on 19C literary families, talking about "Prejudices on the side of ancestry, revisiting Jane Austen's fame through family ties". Her visit is supported by the University of Otago and the Marsden Fund. Professor Looser is also known as her roller derby alter ego, Stone Cold Jane Austen.