Jane Austen Festival in Pittsburgh, March 12, 2011


We are very excited about the upcoming Jane Austen Festival in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, March 12, 2011, celebrating Jane Austen’s “More than 15 minutes of fame!” (Andy Warhol was from Pittsburgh.) It’s kind of a mini-AGM, with a great mix of interesting and learned speakers and fun! And of course there will be a ball!

The plenary speakers are Joan Klingel Ray, Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield; breakout sessions include author Gaelen Foley, period gardening expert Carol Chernega, period dance expert Allison Thompson, period costume expert Lisa Brown (a/k/a Alert Janeite Lisa), scholars Laura Engel and Larry Dennis, and dance workshops to prepare you for the Assembly Ball that evening. See the conference brochure (PDF) for complete information, schedule, and hotel and registration information.

It looks to be a jam-packed day, and yes, the Editrix will be attending! We hope to meet some of our Gentle Readers there and new friends as well. Registration is now open, so make haste–space is limited.

Jane Austen Festival News from Louisville and Pittsburgh


Maeder Turban from Dolley MadisonWe have some exciting news about two upcoming Jane Austen Festivals held by JASNA regions in Louisville (just next month) and Pittsburgh (next year).

First, the 2010 Louisville Jane Austen Festival will include a presentation from Edward Maeder, who created the bonnets & turbans for the PBS documentary on Dolley Madison. Mr. Maeder will have ten of his creations from the documentary on hand. Check out the confection to the left…stunning! Other presentations for the Festival include keynote speaker Kim Wilson, author of In the Garden with Jane Austen and Tea with Jane Austen, workshops, four-course tea, and a ball on Saturday evening. The Editrix had such a good time last year, she is road-tripping out with three friends for this year’s event–say hi to us if you see us there! Registration and other information is available at the Louisville region website.

Also, JASNA’s Pittsburgh Region will hold a Jane Austen Festival on March 12, 2011. There will be speakers, including Joan Klingel Ray, novelist Gaelen Foley, and Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield, Professors of English and editors of Jane Austen in Hollywood. There will be other speakers, a fashion show, and a Saturday night ball! The lovely and talented Allison Thompson, dance historian and AustenBlog book reviewer extraordinaire, will be speaking as well. They have some other plans in development that sound like a lot of fun. Our calendar is marked; we are thrilled to be only a (longish) train ride away from so much fun!