Reminder: Jane Austen Summer Program 2018 is Next Week

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A recent introduction in the Janeite calendar is the Jane Austen Summer Program held every year in June at UNC Chapel Hill in June. I recently became aware of the program via Ted Scheinman’s Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan, which I reviewed favorably a few weeks back, as this is the festival that figures prominently in his book. While I’ve been interested in going to the AGMs for years, it’s always been a matter of time and money. Anyone in fandoms knows being a superfan is expensive and time consuming but JASP seems to be more up my alley.

Anywho! Yes, Jane Austen Summer Program! The program is inspired by the Dickens Universe at UC Santa Cruz which has been happening for over 30 years! For JASP, “Austen as a lingua franca: that commonality between the academics and fans where scholarship can expand (and yes fun can be had)” (note: I just quoted myself from my book review).

Perhaps JASP can put it a bit more directly,

Our 4-day symposium focuses on one of Austen’s works each summer. The Jane Austen Summer Program is designed to appeal to established scholars, high school teachers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and anyone with a passion for all things Austen.

The event takes place at Carrboro and Chapel Hill, North Carolina on June 14 – 17 (a solid month before JASNA Louisville yearly festival). This year the theme is Northanger Abbey & Frankenstein: 200 Years of Horror. Registration is already open and they are packing a lot into a four-day schedule!

Please check JASP’s website for information on travel, lodgings, events, and more.


Don’t forget! The Jane Austen Louisville Festival is July 13-15

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It’s that time of year again for the Jane Austen Louisville 2018 festival!

The festival, put on by the JASNA Louisville region, is one of the top Jane Austen festivals in the country, nay the world, after the JASNA AGM. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Persuasion, this year’s theme is “Piercing Souls.” (Note: Our monthly meetings have catered to this theme and the lectures have been wonderful!)

The festival will be held July 13 – 15 at the historic Locust Grove which is located about five or so minutes from downtown Louisville.

Tickets, available online, will go on sale June 6 and you better act fast! Tickets for the events such as the Grand Ball do sell out. (The organizers wuld like to note that tickets for the festival itself do not sell out.) Tickets for the grand tea ($25), children’s tea ($20), as well as tickets for workshops (price TBD) will also be available for purchase.

The organizers would also like to note that as Forecastle will be happening the same weekend, advanced booking for lodgings is advised. If I recall correctly, some hotels and B&Bs are already selling out.

For more information on tickets, directions, events, and more, visit the festival’s website. Contact information for the organizers is available if you have any questions. (Please do not contact me as while I am a member of this JASNA region, I am not an organizer so my information is limited.)



Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters links for June 3, 2018

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Here are your Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters related links for the week:

Jane Austen and Bronte Movies Currently Streaming For June 2018

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  • Bridget Jones’ Baby
  • Death Comes To Pemberley


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