It’s that time of year again that many Janeites most look forward to: the yearly AGM!
This year it will be held in Chicago, sponsored by the JASNA – Greater Chicago Area. The theme is Jane Austen in the Arts.
From the website:
Each of Jane Austen’s novels features the arts in some form—from the domestic female accomplishments of playing an instrument, singing, and drawing as practiced by Emma Woodhouse, to the elaborate but private preparations for a performance of Lover’s Vows in Mansfield Park, to the public concert at the Assembly Rooms in Persuasion. We invite you to explore and experience this fascinating topic in the beautiful, exciting surroundings of the city of Chicago.
This year’s plenary speakers are:
- Gillian Dow, former executive director of Chawton House
- Devoney Looser, Austen scholar and author of The Making of Jane Austen
- Desmond Shawe-Taylor, surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures since 2005
- Maestro Stephen Alltop and Soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg will delight us with a concert that features compositions mentioned in Austen’s writing during the Sunday brunch
Registration is $299 for the attendee with a surcharge of $209 if you bring a companion.
For more information, visit the AGM’s website.
Note: Some Amazon videos have “This video is currently unavailable
to watch in your location” for some of the shows. This means that Amazon has pulled the video from their collection but I’m keeping the link incase it comes back.
When people mention Jane Austen and the Brontes are everywhere, they weren’t kidding. They have even invaded podcasts!
There are two podcasts you should check out: Manners and Madness (Apple, Spotify) and Bonnets at Dawn (Apple, Spotify).
Manners and Madness is “Two friends, one who loves both Jane Austen and David Lynch, one who is only passingly familiar with both, explore their bodies of work and the adaptations of that work.” An interesting concept to be sure!
Each week, the duo cover either Austen or Lynch of both along with movie reviews and other related content.
Originally started out as an Austen v Bronte podcast, Bonnets at Dawn has widened to now include contemporaries of Austen and Bronte as well as exploring the work of other women writers in the 19th – 21st century. It seems nothing is left unturned. Bonnets at Dawn also do interviews and other reviews.
The creators of Bonnets at Dawn have also released a new book,
Why She Wrote: A Graphic History of the Lives, Inspiration, and Influence Behind the Pens of Classic Women Writers, back in April which needs to go on my TBR pile.
If you’ve ever wanted to go to Jane Austen’s House but haven’t had the opportunity, now’s the time from the comfort of your own home! The Jane Austen House is putting together a live virtual tour that will take you around the house and grounds.
The event will be held via Zoom with all proceeds going to the House.
The event is on July 18th at 2PM EST (7PM BST). For more information and tickets, go to event’s website.