Friday, April 22, 2011

Reminder: May Day Meeting in Binghamton, Saturday, May 7

“From this period, the intimacy between the Families of Fitzroy, Drummond, and Falknor, daily encreased till at length it grew to such a pitch, that they did not scruple to kick one another out of the window on the slightest provocation.” --Jane Austen, “Frederic and Elfrida”

What? Jane Austen wrote about kicking people out of windows?? Yes, she wrote in her younger years about this and a great many other highly improper events! Come and find out more at our May Day JASNA Syracuse Region meeting, to be held at RiverRead Books, 5 Court St., Binghamton, on Saturday, May 7, at 2 pm.

When those attending the Binghamton All Hallows meeting in November were offered a choice of topics for this meeting, they chose the Juvenilia--the delightful short comic sketches that Jane Austen wrote as a teenager. We have made arrangements with our friends at RiverRead to stock the Oxford University Press paperback Catharine and Other Writings, which includes all the Juvenilia--and we encourage those of you who don’t already own the Juvenilia in some form to benefit both yourselves and our kind hosts at RiverRead by purchasing a copy there. However, no prior acquaintance with these stories is required, as we’ll spend much of the meeting just reading aloud from them. A sense of fun is the only prerequisite!

After a brief introduction to the Juvenilia and the circumstances under which JA wrote them, we’ll cover the short tales “Frederic and Elfrida” and “The Beautifull Cassandra,”
 as well as selections from the longer “The History of England” and one or two other works. If any of you have favorite Juvenilia that aren’t on this list, we heartily encourage you to mention them--and, in fact, to read them (or selections from them, if they’re longer pieces). In fact, to encourage audience participation, we’ll offer a couple of small door prizes to volunteer readers! So we hope to see and hear you at RiverRead on May 7.

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