ed: I should create a post with a list of all the Jane Austen exhibits happening in UK this year, win a zillion dollars and take oneself across the pond to go check them out (and visit friends), but alas.
If you happen to find yourself in the city of Winchester, UK between May 13, 2017 and July 24, 2017 you may want to check out Jane 200 – The Mysterious Miss Austen.
From the website:
This exhibition will explore Jane’s life and work and her relationship to Hampshire. The exhibition which is in partnership with Jane Austen’s House Museum, will include the HCT pelisse coat which is the only garment in the world with provenance that can traced back to Jane. It will also include first editions of her work, personal letters and portraits as well as loans from national institutions and private lenders including the National Portrait Gallery.
Other than hours, cost, and the above bit of press release, there isn’t much listed on the exhibition’s page. However! The exhibition is part of Hampshire’s Jane 200 – a year long celebration of Miss Austen that includes exhibitions, talks, walks, writing competitions and performances across the county, so check the site for more info!
If you live in or near Williamsburg, Virginia, you’re in for a delight. The Williamsburg Regional Library is celebrating JANEuary, a month long Jane Austen set of events happening at the library.
The current schedule:
Thursday Film Series: Persuasion (1995) 2 p.m.
Lecture: “Jane Austen and the Challenge of Film Adaptation” 4 p.m.
Thursday Film Series: Love and Friendship (2016) 2 p.m.
Thursday Film Series: Austenland (2013) 2 p.m.
Lecture: “Jane Austen and Her Fans: Does Austenland Get It Right?” 4 p.m.
Thursday Film Series: Sense and Sensibility (1995) 2 p.m.
Austravaganza 1-5 p.m.
An afternoon of talks on Austen; period arts, crafts, and culture; and fun and games.
For more information and location, check out the event’s website. The events are free and open to the public.
When I announced to Mr. Lisa I was putting together a Jane Austen blog, he gave me that look as if to say I didn’t get enough Austen as it is. He then questioned how often I read her works since he’s never actually seen me pick up and read one of her novels (this is the same man who said he had no idea I had a stack of books on my side of the bed) and then went on to say my love of Austen came from strictly from the movies.
Well, no. As I mentioned on my about page, I have no idea when I started reading our Jane but I have been reading the six published works every couple of years. (I will not tell a lie and say I have finished Lady Susan, The Watsons, and Sandition, and etc though I do own copies of each.) I thought, in the beginning of designing the content for the blog, one of the things I want to do is hold a weekly read along club for each of Austen’s novels to always keep her work fresh.
I have the best ideas.
(I’ll be reviewing Austen paraliterature but Austen’s books themselves will be the read alongs.)
I decided to start with poor Mansfield Park as this, in my humble opinion, tends to be the least talked about of our Jane’s work. While I do feel it’s the weakest of Jane’s work and lacks the oomph of her other novels, it still deserves our love. People love Northanger Abbey for its gothic parody. Of course, Pride & Prejudice as if we could forget. Emma helped along by the movie Clueless, and Persuasion and Sense & Sensibility always seem to rank as favorites.
According to my Penguin Classics copy, there are 47 chapters in Mansfield Park with roughly 10 or so pages per chapter. It would take us nearly a year to finish the book if we did a chapter a week so I’m going to up it to three chapters a week and may adjust as we move along.
Join me every Monday as we read Mansfield Park! It would be most delightful if you were here.
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!