It is a Truth Universally Acknowledged that Jane Austen is the Toast of Brooklyn this Week

We have previously noted Theater 2020’s partially staged reading, followed by a reception with the cast, of Lynn Marie Macy’s work in progress, Lady Susan or the Captive Heart, a Jane Austen Bodice Ripper, to be presented this Thursday evening, October 4 at St.Charles Borromeo Church, 21 Sidney Place, starting at 7:00 p.m. (suggested donation $25; reservations here or call 718-624-3614). As it turns out, this fits neatly into a program of Austen related events that are free and open to the public in connection with the annual meeting of The Jane Austen Society of North America, being held at the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street.

On Thursday afternoon from 1:00 to 2:00 at the Marriott there will be a lecture, “In Search of the Real Jane Austen,” by Austen expert Annette LeClair. Admission is free, but please e-mail with your name and the number in your party, so they can know how many to expect.

This coming Sunday, October 7, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., also at the Marriott,

[d]ozens of authors will be present to sign a variety of books (available for purchase); the roster includes cocktail historian David Wondrich, and Austen-inspired novelists Syrie James and Linda Berdoll.

Free admission, and no rsvp necessary.

Image: Jane Austen Literary Festival.

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  • Martin L

    As a warm up for local action I suggest Ang Lee’s gorgeous film version of “Sense and Sensibility.” Emma Thompson wrote and starred in this splendid evocation of the good old days of class separation and the minimization of women.

  • Gerry

    @ Martin L – On Mob Wives we have our beloved Big Ang just another mob wife makes do while her husband in in prison.

  • David Fuller

    I just wanted to thank those BHB readers who attended our staged reading performance last night. It was an important step in the evolution of the play and we all were delighted by the audience reactions. More from Theater 2020 is coming soon!!