Virtual Event: Jane Austen and the Buddha

Jane Austen and the Buddha

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.

The May 5th Zoom event is with Dr. Kathryn Duncan who will be discussing her book Jane Austen and the Buddha: Teachers of Enlightenment. While Jane never directly wrote about Buddhism, her work includes elements of Buddhist teachings such as accepting that there is suffering and finding the cause of the suffering. The talk is designed to discuss how Austen’s books can explore and experience joy and happiness.

The event begins at 8 p.m. EDT and is on Zoom.  It is free and available for ages. You can find more information on the registration page.

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.

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.

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 You can also view past cons to get an idea of what they are looking for.


Online Talk: A Tale of Two Houses

Jane Austen House, with partnership with Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, is proud to present the first in many upcoming events. In the celebration of literature’s two greatest heroines, Lizzy Bennet from Pride & Prejudice and Margaret Hale from North and South, the first event is the online talk, “A Tale of Two Houses.”

Discover how our heroines each appear to defy convention in these classic novels by Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell. Join Libby Tempest, Chair of the Gaskell Society, and Ellora Sutton, Creative Engagement Officer at Jane Austen’s House, to take a closer look at the comparisons between Lizzy and Margaret as they speak their minds to shape the world around them, and enjoy readings from two blockbuster novels of the nineteenth century.

The event is February 16 starts at 7:00 PM BST (2:00 PM EST) and will last an hour with 45 minutes for the talk and the remaining time for questions. For more information, and to book tickets, vist the event website.

Jane Austen Book and Movie Club: Incense and Sensibility

Beginning in late 2018, DC Public Library hosts a monthly Jane Austen Book and Movie club where they cover all things Austen from the books to adaptions and spinoffs and everything in between.

They meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 7PM and the event is currently virtual. You do not need to live in the greater DC area to attend.

For February, the club will be reading Incense and Sensibility by Sonali Dev, which is the third in their The Rajes series which includes Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors and Recipe for Persuasion.

Visit DCPL’s website for more information about the book club and email to join.




Online Book + Film Discussion: Emma by Jane Austen

On March 8, New York Public Library is hosting a virtual online book and film discussion for Emma.

From the event page:

Join the staff at Muhlenberg Library for a film discussion of the 2020 feature  Emma. based on the 1815 classic novel by Jane Austen.

Emma is a headstrong, high-spirited, and privileged young woman who severely overestimates her matchmaking abilities as she meddles in the romantic lives of those around her. Hard-won knowledge about the intricacies of love compels her to reconsider her vow to never marry.

Participants will have read the book Emma and watched the 2020 film at home before the discussion.

The event will be held via Google Meets and you can register here.

Pride and Prejudice Day on January 28

Jane Austen House has done it again with their yearly Pride and Prejudice day! This year the event will be held from 9AM GMT to 9PM GMT and it will all be online.

The celebratory events include:

  • Virtual Book Club: Pride & Prejudice (1pm GMT/ 8am EST) is a lively lunch-break book club, discussing all things Pride & Prejudice!
  • The Bennet Sisters’ Guide to Jane Austen’s House (4.30pm GMT/ 11:30 am EST) is a fun, family-friendly introduction to Jane Austen’s House, under the expert guidance of the five Bennet girls – Jane, Lizzy, Mary, Kitty and Lydia… What sort of tour guides will they be?!
  • Virtual ‘Pride & Prejudice’ Tour (7pm GMT / 2pm EST) is a very special virtual guided tour of Jane Austen’s House, using the House itself and objects from the collection to reveal the themes, characters and events of Jane Austen’s beloved novel.

Each event costs £5.00 GBP ($7 USD) and will be held over Zoom. All proceeds goes to the museum.

For more information, visit the event page.

‘Six Winters’: Scenes from Jane Austen’s Life & Imagination

Jane Austen Six Winters

Jane Austen’s House and Museum has put together a lovely virtual event entitled: ‘Six Winters’: Scenes from Jane Austen’s Life & Imagination.

Presenting six winter scenes from Austen’s life and her novels, you can enjoy the event online or in-person. Even if Covid were not an issue, not all of us can whisk ourselves to Hampshire which makes this virtual event even more special.

The six scenes are:
Scene 1: Jane Austen’s birth, December 1775
Jane Austen’s Bedroom

Scene 2: Family theatricals, December 1787
Family Room

Scene 3: Dancing with Tom Lefroy, January 1796
Dining Room

Scene 4. First reading of Pride & Prejudice, January 1813
Drawing Room

Scene 5: ‘A fine family piece’, Persuasion
Family Room

Scene 6: ‘You will have much pleasure in being in London’, Sense & Sensibility
Courtyard Gallery

You can click on the above links to jump around the event or you can start here.


Jane Austen in the Arts the 2021 AGM is Now On Demand

JASNA has opened up registration to view over 13 hours of AGM content online! Streaming until February 15,

…includes a mix of sessions recorded during the live event as well as a few presentations recorded afterwards by the speakers themselves—some of them exclusive to the AGM On Demand.

The list of presentations are amazing with everyone from Devoney Looser and Gillian Dow headlining the plenaries.

Cost is $99 for members  and $49 for students. For more information, including how to register, JASNA has put together a packed webpage of everything you will need to get access and a list of who’s who for the program.