Jane Austen’s House Museum Raising Funds to Buy Her Ring (UPDATED 2x with information about ONLINE donating)


The campaign is over and won!

UPDATE about online donation: Alert Janeite Cinthia sent along the news that the Museum is now accepting online donations at http://www.justgiving.com/jamt/Donate. The donation amounts appear to be in your local currency (for me, it appeared in US Dollars) so if you want to check how much the Museum will actually get, use a currency converter. (Google “currency converter” and one will pop up at the top of the page.)

YES! Jane Austen’s House Museum has announced a fundraiser to raise money to purchase Jane Austen’s turquoise ring from Kelly Clarkson (see our previous post and the lively discussion that followed). We will contact the Museum and try to get more information. Let’s do this, Janeites!

UPDATE: We heard from Louise West, the director of the museum. She sent us a donation form. She said for international contributors, it will be better to use a credit card; with a check, they will lose money because of the exchange rate. For UK contributors, we imagine a cheque will be the best way to donate. Please download, print, and post your contribution–do not send a credit card number by email!

Also, if they do not receive enough money to purchase the ring, they will keep your donation for the operation of the museum, unless you let them know differently. (Seriously, just let them keep it. The Museum does great work and is a wonderful place to visit.)

Louise also sent the following statement about this fundraising effort:

We do want to stress that we are not wanting to buy the ring because we don’t approve of Kelly Clarkson’s ownership. Indeed we are very encouraged that someone who is young and very popular wants to own the ring; it says a lot about Jane Austen’s reputation among young people. We are trying to buy it now because we wish to keep the ring at Jane Austen’s home as we feel this is the most appropriate place. We tried to raise money before the auction but didn’t have enough time. Hopefully we now have.

Everyone please donate! Don’t forget to use airmail postage if necessary. Take the time to go to your local post office and make sure you have the right amount of postage. Let’s do this!

Press release after the jump: Continue reading

Jane Austen Celebration at Ardmore Library Postponed


To anyone who was planning to come to the Jane Austen program today at Ardmore Library that was mentioned in GLWJ, it has been postponed due to impending winter weather. We have rescheduled the event for November 19, and I’ll still be giving the presentation. More details to come! I’m disappointed, and really kind of surprised that an event in October had to be cancelled for snow!!!

Lizzy is Delightful


Here are two videos promoting the upcoming Jane Austen Day in Philadelphia next April. More details to come…right now you are just to be teazed by Miss Elizabeth Bennet. After all, “We can all plague and punish one another.”

Look for more videos featuring the Delightful Creature to come!

Getting Local With Jane


GLWJ is a regular feature (when we remember to post it) with upcoming local events of interest to Austen fans. If your hometown isn’t on the list, keep checking back; you never know when Jane will come to your town.

October 29, 2011 (that’s this Saturday!), Ardmore, Pennsylvania – At 2 p.m., there will be a Jane Austen Celebration at Ardmore Library, with speaker Margaret C. Sullivan (hey! that’s the Editrix!). I will be speaking about Chawton Cottage and Jane Austen’s life and writing there, with occasional digressions into other places she knew and where she lived. I’d love to meet AustenBlog readers there! Please pre-register for this event by calling the library at (610) 642-5187. ETA: The event has been postponed due to impending winter weather and rescheduled for November 19. More details to come!

Through November 12, 2011, Salisbury, Wiltshire – The Salisbury Playhouse presents Persuasion, a new adaptation of the novel by Tim Luscombe. Tickets are £12-20.

November 10-20, 2011, Atlanta, Georgia – Theater Emory presents a stage adaptation of Persuasion at the Mary Gray Munroe Theater. Tickets are $20, $6 for Emory students.

November 13, 2011, Waltham, Massachusetts – Gore Place, the historic estate in Waltham, will offer Jane Austen tours of the 1806 Governor Gore mansion at 1 and 3 p.m. From the press release: “This special themed tour brings the beautiful Regency Period home to life as a guide in period dress uses quotes from Austen’s novels and letters to describe country life in Austen’s time. With its marble halls, circular stair and soaring ceilings, the mansion is the perfect setting for this great event.” Admission is $14 adults, $10 members and children 5 to 12. “Capacity is limited and advanced tickets suggested. To order, call (781) 894-2798.” Also, attendees will receive 10% off tea at the Tea Leaf on Moody Street in Waltham (reservations required; call (781) 891-1900).

April 28, 2012, Philadelphia – Jane Austen Day presented by JASNA’s Eastern Pennsylvania Region. The theme is “Elizabeth Bennet: Delightful Creature.” More on this in another post!

Deep in the Heart of Texas


Well. Not quite yet. But soon. No. zombies haven’t gotten us; it just feels that way. We hope.to see some of you tonight at the Jane Austen Me Do It launch party at the Barnes & Noble in downtown Fort Worth. That signing is open to fhe public. If you are attending the AGM, there is also an author signing on Sunday morning; check your program for details (that one is just for AGM attendees). Do stop by and say hello and get a book signed if you’re so inclined!

Getting Local With Jane


Now through September 24, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky: The Actors Theatre of Louisville presents Jon Jory’s new adaptation of Sense and Sensibility (we understand he’s going to get around to all six eventually). Here’s an article about the play. Tickets start at $10.

Now through October 9, 2011, Costa Mesa, California: The South Coast Repertory Theatre presents Pride and Prejudice. The Los Angeles Times has a fun piece about the play. Tickets are $20-68.

September 29-October 11, 2011, New York City: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, A Musical at the New York Music Theatre Festival. We think it might be sold out! Wow! We are investigating and will let you know. We will be attending, of course. WE ARE SO EXCITED ZOMG. Check out the Video tab at the link above–the videos are really fun and you’ll get to meet the cast and crew and creative folks involved in the production. Also check out the play’s Facebook page for more fun.

October 14, 2011, Fort Worth, Texas: If one might happen to find oneself in Fort Worth that particular Friday night (we don’t know why you would, but you know, you might), there is a really spectacular event at the Barnes & Noble in Sundance Square from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.: a launch party and author signing for Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by the lovely and talented Laurel Ann Nattress, and featuring stories inspired by Jane Austen’s work and written by a star-studded cast of talented authors, many of whom will be in attendance at this great event! One of those talented authors *cough* is your humble Editrix, who as always will be delighted to meet her readers.

October 26, 2011, Fort Worth, Texas: The excitement continues in Fort Worth. The JASNA AGM will be going on all weekend, and Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. there will be an author signing with a really extensive list of authors! Do stop by if you will be at the AGM.

November 3-6, Winkler, Manitoba: Flatlands Theatre Company presents Pride and Prejudice. Tickets are $10-16.

Enjoy the Louisville Jane Austen Festival vicariously


Bonny Wise, who has organized the four Jane Austen Festivals in Louisville, sent us a video put together by one of their members with some images from the 2011 Festival.

(Here’s a link to the video page, which has some more information about the video.)

We have attended two Festivals, and got a little nostalgic watching this. It really does a great job showing the beautiful grounds of Locust Grove, where the festival is held, and the fun that is to be had there. It also looked like an especially good ball (and was at a new venue).