What to do while you’re waiting for the 2020 Jane Austen Summer Program

We know. We here at the Jane Austen Summer Program miss you, too! Wondering what to do until we release more information on our next program? Here are a few things to tide you over:

Come to our Austen & Co. event in Durham on MONDAY! If you live in the region, this event kicks off our FREE discussion series in partnership with Durham public libraries. Head to the South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave. in Durham at 6:30 p.m. July 15 for “Austen & Co.: Games and Play in Austen’s England.” The event, led by Anne Fertig, will feature a 20-minute talk and games such whist, spillikins, charades and more! Click here for more information.

Listen to podcasts and audiobooks: On the go? Pipe some Jane Austen right into your ears with podcasts and audiobooks. Our suggestions: On the podcast “Meeting Jane,” listen in as a couple reads an Austen novel together (she’s a fan; he’s new to Austen). If you love Rosamund Pike as Jane in the 2005 “Pride and Prejudice,” you can hear her narrate audio versions of “P&P” and “Sense & Sensibility.” Click here for more Austen-related podcasts.

Read fan fic and browse through fan art: Dr. Maria Biajoli gave a great talk on fan fiction at this year’s JASP. If you’re new to the genre, read fan fic based on “Pride and Prejudice” (or on, well, anything you can imagine, really) on Archive of Our Own or fanfiction.net. Search for Austen-related fan art on Deviantart.com. Click here to read more about Biajoli.

Get ahead for next year: Next year’s program — “Jane Austen’s World” (June 18-21, 2020) — will center on Austen’s letters and Claire Tomalin’s book “Jane Austen: A Life.” Why not start reading now?

Watch this space! Next week, we’ll have recaps of each day of this year’s Jane Austen Summer Program, with photos, videos and live-tweets from a number of panels. And in the coming weeks, we’ll share some of our favorite photos here and on social media.

About Jennifer Abella

Jennifer Abella is a TV/movie/pop culture/knitting/sewing/Jane Austen geek. Oh, and a total Anglophile. Follow her on Twitter: @nextjen.

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