August 2012


Who wouldn't love a chance to play Jane Austen on stage? I had that delighful opportunity last weekend in Seattle, and will be giving a repeat performance on Saturday Sept. 8 at the Pasadena Public Library as part of the JASNA-SW special event "Jane Austen versus the Victorians". Do join us!

The morning kicks off with a talk entitled "Jane Austen and the Victorians Duke it Out" by Charles Lynn Batten, literary critic and UCLA Professor Emeritus.

A staged reading of the comedy playlet "You Are Passionate, Jane" by Diana Birchall will follow, featuring Diana as Charlotte Brontë and myself as Jane. In the play, Jane Austen is Gatekeeper in Heaven, deciding which other literary figures will be allowed to ascend. Charlotte Brontë is brought before her, and the two women are temperamental opposites. When Charlotte's passionate life and works come under scrutiny (the title quote refers to Jane Eyre), the literary sparks fly--upward!

WHERE: Pasadena Public Library
Donald R. Wright Auditorium
285 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101

WHEN: Saturday Sept. 8, 9:30 AM

Doors open at 9:00 AM. The program starts promptly at 9:30 AM. Registration is $10, paid at the door. Guests and members of the public are welcome. More details here. You may pre-register here

Diana and I had great fun in the play's debut performance before an enthusiastic crowd at the Puget Sound JASNA chapter. Read about it here.

On Saturday Sept. 22 at 9:00 AM, I'm on a panel discussing 19th Century Romance Literature at The Big Orange Book Festival, where I'll also be signing books. The two-day fest will be held on Chapman University's beautiful campus, featuring great books, discussion panels with bestselling authors, live entertainment, and delicious food. Come join in the fun! More details here.

And stay tuned for my next book, The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, due out on New Year's Eve.

As always, thank you for your support. I hope to see you soon!

All best wishes,