Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters Link Roundup for April 24, 2022

Book Review: The Jane Austen Dating Agency

TitleThe Jane Austen Dating Agency
AuthorFiona Woodifield
Publication Date: January 2020
Pages: 320

[AmazonBN | IndieBound | Public Library]

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a Jane Austen retelling, pastiche, or continuation story is my cat nip. I’ve read everything from Jane Austen fighting off zombies to mysteries featuring Jane Austen. This is just the tip of the ice berg of the Austen world out there and it is one of the reasons I love how relevant her work continues to be over 200 years after her books were published. (Jane Austen in pop culture is also my jam.)

More can be found over at Once Twice Book Reviews.

Reminder: JASNA SW Presents the Young Filmmakers Contest 2022

JASNA Southwest is proud to present their annual Young Filmmakers Contest.

Previously open to college, graduate, and high school students, the contest has expanded to all filmmakers under 30. You must not work as a director or cinematographer.

This year themes is  and Jane Austen inspired.

What to do:

Create a film in five minutes or less on either of the following themes:

  • Sense and Sensibility: the novel’s plot, settings or adaptations
  • Inspired by Jane Austen:  her world, novels, characters, themes or adaptations

For more information, check out the contest flyer and you can also download the entry form.

First prize is $300, second is $200, and third is $100. All winners will receive a years membership to JASNA.

For more information, and to check out past winners, visit the JASNA SW YFC website.

Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2022.

Event: Sansei and Sensibility with Karen Tei Yamashita

Sansei and Sensibiity

Jane Austen & Co brings together Jane Austen and other early women authors into the 21st C events with Zoom lectures, creative writing contests, reading and authors Q&As, and library programs. The events are open to all ages.

For April, Jane Austen & Co are thrilled to announce Dr. Karen Tei Yamashita who will be discussing her love of Jane Austen as a third-generation Japanese American as well as her book Sansei and Sensibility.

will be discussing her book Sansei and Sensibility, recounting her love of Jane Austen and her experiences as a third-generation Japanese American.

The event is on Thursday April 21 at 8 p.m. EDT on Zoom. Registration is free. For more information and to register, check out the event page.

This event is sponsored by UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature.

Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters Link Roundup for April 17, 2022

Seeking Book Review Editor for JASNA News

JASNA Book Reviews

The current JASNA book review editor is retiring and JASNA is looking for a replacement!

From JASNA:

Love books and book reviews? Are you adept at discovering newly published and soon-to-be-published works in, on, or around Jane Austen and her novels?

JASNA News seeks a book review editor to produce and edit book reviews for quarterly publication. The role requires steady attention throughout the year and January-April in particular, when the Summer Reading Issue is produced. You will work closely with the JASNA News editor to plan and assign book reviews, ensuring new and significant works pertaining to Jane Austen are included in each issue. This is a paid position.

We’re looking for someone with good writing and research skills, and preferably with book review experience. Please note your relevant skills in a résumé and cover letter and submit them to Erika Kotite, erika.kotite@gmail.com.

Charlotte Brontë : Afterlives of a Modern Woman

Bronte Family

The Brontë Parsonage is proud to present their next Thursday talk: Charlotte Brontë : Afterlives of a Modern Woman.

The event will be held at the parsonage at 2 p.m. GMT (9 a.m. EST) with a virtual event at 7:30 p.m. GMT (2:30 p.m.EST). Tickets are free with the museum admission but the virtual event costs £3. The virtual event will be live and will not be recorded and is on Zoom.

For more information, visit the event page.

Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters Link Roundup for April 10, 2022

 

Virtual Jane Con Call For Submissions

Virtual Jane Con is now in it’s third year and it is doing a call for submissions for programming!

Hosted primarily on YouTube, this year looks to be two fun filled pack days.

Virtual Jane Con is an Austen-filled weekend online, ranging from Regency costuming and gaming, to more deep discussions on Austen’s works and Regency history. It’s a fun, wide-ranging event that encapsulates the myriad interests and talents of the Jane Austen community, while remaining online and free to see, making it accessible to fans with access to social media platforms.

Some things to consider:

  • Submissions are due by April 15th
  • All programming must be posted on YouTube
  • All programming must have close captioned; no exceptions
  • Video must be made available and in public by July 9th for the committee to verify close captioning
  • The even will be held July 16th and 17th

For more information on the submission process, visit the submissions page.

For general information about the website, visit virtualjanecon.com. You can also view past cons to get an idea of what they are looking for.

 

Dandies & Dandyzettes: A Regency Role-playing Game

Dandies

Four years ago, the good people at Storybrewers released “Good Society: A Jane Austen RPG” (and an expansion October 2021). But who knew that Jane Austen and her world would make for such delightful acquaintance that another RPG would arrive?

Well dear readers, that is exactly what has happened.

Cassidy Percoco, the creator of “Dandies & Dandyzettes: Being a role-playing game set in Regency England” reached out to me last week to let me know the game was now available on Kickstarter (and it’s also arrived at its first stretch goal! Congrats Cassidy!) and of course I snapped up a pledge.

From the Kickstarter:

Welcome to Regency England!

Dandies and Dandyzettes is set in Great Britain at the end of the reign of George III. The once-hearty monarch is ailing, locked away in Windsor Castle while his son, the Prince Regent, holds the throne in his place. Players inhabit the roles of members of the gentry and aristocracy, moving through society in order to improve their individual or family standing or to gain their own more personal goals. 

This is essentially a social game, focused on character interaction and telling a story, and therefore there is not necessarily an equivalent of the traditional combat-based dungeon crawl or quest.

Sounds like the perfect game to play at your next JASNA meeting!