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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.

Watch now: Jane Austen and Company discuss food, family and identity with Sonali Dev & Soniah Kamal”

On June 4, Jane Austen & Company, an initiative of the Jane Austen Summer Program, presented a live online discussion with authors Sonali Dev (author of “Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors” and the recently released “Recipe for Persuasion“) and Soniah Kamal (author of “Unmarriageable“) about their novels, Jane Austen, and the role of food and family in Austen’s work and adaptations. If you missed the conversation, check out the video below. (Can’t see the video below? CLICK HERE.)

[Read more about Dev here. Read more about Kamal here.]

Jane Austen & Company aims to bring engaging and informative humanities programming to residents in North Carolina’s Triangle region. At this time, the organization is presenting a “Staying Home With Austen” series of programs. Upcoming events include:

— “Eating With Jane Austen”: Food historian and blogger KC Hysmith on food and cooking in the works of Jane Austen. June 30.

— “Dressing With Jane Austen”: Fashion and textile historian Hilary Davidson (author of “Dress in the Age of Jane Austen”) on clothing and dressing in the homes of Jane Austen’s England. July 9

— “Crafting With Jane Austen”: Professor Jennie Batchelor (University of Kent), co-author of “Jane Austen Embroidery,” on home crafts and needlework in the Regency period. July 23.


Free online discussion: Authors Sonali Dev and Soniah Kamal on food and family in Jane Austen’s work and adaptations

Attention, Jane Austen fans: Join us on June 4 at 7 p.m. for an online event: “Food, Family, and Identity with Sonali Dev and Soniah Kamal,” hosted by Jane Austen and Company, JASP’s free public humanities series. This event is free and will take place over Zoom.

Jane Austen Summer Program co-founder Inger Brodey will interview Sonali Dev (author of “Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors” and the forthcoming “Recipe for Persuasion,” which hits shelves May 26) and Soniah Kamal (author of “Unmarriageable“) about their novels, Jane Austen, and the role of food and family in Austen’s work and adaptations. A Q&A will follow.

Dev and Kamal were guests at our 2019 program, “Pride and Prejudice and Its Afterlives.” Read more about them here and here.

To register and receive the Zoom link for this event, please fill out the form here. Please note: Spots are limited and are first-come-first serve.

For more information, check out Jane Austen & Company’s blog here. Have a question for Sonali Dev or Soniah Kamal? Leave it in the comments below!

Reminder: JASP moves to 2021; let us know how to handle your 2020 registration fee

As you may know, the 2020 Jane Austen Summer Program has been rescheduled to June 17-20, 2021, due to global health concerns.

If you registered for JASP 2020, you have the following options: 

· Receive a full refund of your registration and any add-ons. 

· Apply your registration toward next year’s JASP. We will reserve your spot in next year’s program. 

· Gift your registration to someone else to attend in 2021.  We will send the recipient a gift certificate.

· Donate all or part ofyour registration to JASP.  As many of you know, JASP is run by a small staff and a tireless group of hardworking graduate students and volunteers, but we could not make it such an unforgettable event without you. We aim to use the extra time to make our 2021 program even better, and we appreciate your support.

Please fill out the form here by APRIL 30 to allow us to begin processing your donation, refund or registration for next year. Refunds will be processed within two to three weeks after we receive your request. If you made a hotel reservation with the JASP group discount at the Hampton Inn, your reservation has been canceled automatically and with no penalty. You should have received an email notice directly from the Hampton Inn. 

If you have questions or concerns, please email: And stay tuned to our website,, and various social media channels for the latest updates on our 2021 program.