Sex, Money and Power in Jane Austen’s Fiction is the theme of this year’s general meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America, which is taking place October 5-7 at the Brooklyn Sheraton and the Brooklyn Marriott.
The scope of the conference, which includes keynotes by Dr. Cornel West and Anna Quindlan, is too vast to elaborate on here, but you can get a full schedule at the Jane Austen Society of North America website.
In honor of this event, there’s a Jane Austen Pop-up Shop at Sterling Place, an antique store on Atlantic Avenue or as they describe the merchandise: “eclectic curiosities and essential goods.” Organized by Heather O’Donnell, the special Jane Austen Pop-up Shop will feature rare editions of Jane Austen’s works.
There are free public programs connected with the JASNA event, too:
8:30 PM, Friday October 5th, at The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY
One of the world’s foremost sopranos, Julianne Baird, will create a wonderful artistic encounter for Austen lovers. Her Jane Austen recitals interweave songs from the Austen family collection (as well as other standards of the period) with narrations drawn from Austen’s novels.
The Vassar College Women’s Chorus
3:30 PM, Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, 75 Hicks Street, Brooklyn
The Vassar College Women’s Chorus will perform works based on Jane Austen texts, specially commissioned by Vassar College and the Jane Austen conference from composers, Eleanor Daley and Joelle Wallach. The Chorus has performed in New York, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia as well as abroad. The concert will be held at the historic Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, where Abraham Lincoln prayed and where escaped slaves were sheltered on the Underground Railroad.