As some of you may know, I live in the greater Louisville, KY region and one of the first things I did when I moved here was to change my membership region to Louisville AND to volunteer for the yearly Festival (North America’s largest JA festival!). This festival has been on my radar for years but either time or location has prevented me from attending but now that I live here, I can not only go but I am also volunteering which I’m super excited for.
Today was my first planning meeting (they started in December) and it was intense. I knew planning a festival was heavy duty having worked several in the past but an entire festival to honor a singular person is fierce. I thought I was a huge Austen devotee but the planning committee made my love look as if I was merely glancing at the novels on occasion.
And this is not a bad thing since you know, Jane is everywhere.
I’ve volunteered for sub-committee to handle social media / blogging and it looks like I’ll be co-librarianing the chapter’s media collection. Tomorrow (January 15) is the monthly general chapter meeting which means I’ll have an entire weekend of Jane which is a splendid weekend indeed.
(I also plugged my blog at the meeting so hello!)
For more information, check the festival’s website or their Facebook page for updates and information on ticket costs, workshops, and the ball! See you there!
See you there!
Reader, I am terribly excited to tell you about my new endeavor! Starting today the Daily Austen & Bronte Quote mailing list goes live. What is it exactly? Every day, for a year!, you’ll get a new Austen or Bronte quote in your inbox. Yes, this sounds fairly ambitious but the more I dug into looking for quotes, the more I found so getting a new quote from any of the authors for a year is not going to be a problem.
Anywho, sign up! Sign up! Sign up below or in the sidebar to your right!
(P.S. email me or use the contact form if anything goes awry.)
Oooohhh…this looks fun!
A choose your own adventure type game, The Lady’s Choice is a “light visual novel” set in the Regency era that places the player as a lady of good standing coming back into society. Your quest is to navigate your new (and upcoming) social standings though not strictly for marriage. According to the developers, “The goal is to give the feel of a regency romance novel, but an interactive one!”
(They also caution the game is not wholly historically accurate due to liberties for the sake of the plots so please stop clutching pearls by rushing emails off to correct inaccuracies.)
The game is currently available for Windows / OSX / Linux users and while the game is free, there is an option to pay what you think the game is worth as well as tipping the developers.
(I’ve downloaded the game and will report back!)
Hol. Lee. Cats.
According to Amazon US, in September 2016 the BBC released a 14-hour compilation of Jane’s published novels in dramatized audio format. While the release in the US is fairly new, the series was originally broadcasted on the BBC, starting in 2003, with rather unknowns Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tennant.
Additional actors include Julia McKenzie, Jenny Agutter, Toby Jones, Eve Best, and Juliet Stevenson.
(I’m also convinced James McAvoy plays Henry Crawford in Mansfield Park but I cannot find verification or a complete cast list.)
You can pick up the collection at Amazon either as CDs or in Audible. (If you do not have an Audible account, you can get the collection for $14.95 when you sign up. Be forwarned that the price is for a per month membership but you can cancel anytime and you get to keep your library.)
The city of Winchester, UK is celebrating Jane’s 200th death anniversary this summer by placing 12 of Jane’s quotes around the city centre which can only be viewed when it rains. The final quote, “Know your own happiness. Call it hope.”, is located on a bench across the house where Jane died,
For more information on the walk, visit the city of Winchester’s site which also provides additional events to celebrate this year.
Additionally, you can track event by #rainjane across social media.
(P.S. Since it seems to rain in England 24/7/365, following the trail shouldn’t be that hard. 😉 )