Are your plans for Labor Day weekend fixed yet? Do you live in the Decatur, Georgia area, or want an Austen-inspired road trip to commemorate the end of summer 2012?
Well, pack you parasol and head over to the opening day of the Jane Austen: Then and Now event sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of North America – Georgia Chapter during The Decatur Book Festival. The event runs Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd, 2012 and is jammed packed with daily events at the JASNA – Georgia tent during the festival and before and after parties and get togethers.
The event is a celebration of Jane Austen-inspired books including twenty eight Austenesque fiction and nonfiction authors participating in person and remotely including:
Abigail Reynolds, Regina Jeffers, Jack Caldwell, Maria Grace, Barbara Tiller Cole, Karen M. Cox, Jennifer Petkus, William Deresiewicz, RobinHelm, AmyCecil, Colette Saucier, Laura Dabundo, Pamela Aidan, Cynthia Hensley, KaraLynne Mackrory and Katie Baxley will all be there in person. Sally SmithO’Rourke, Linda Wells, Laura Hile, Shannon Winslow, Lory Lilian, Susan Mason-Milks, Amanda Grange, Sharon Lathan, JanHahn, Marsha Altman, Lori Smith and Laurel Ann Nattress will be participating remotely.
I am so excited to be participating remotely, which means that I will not be there in person, but that my anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It will be featured in the event with a reading of Syrie James’ short story “Jane Austen’s Nightmare”. I have sent signed copies that will be available for purchase through the JASNA – Georgia book tent at the festival and free bookmarks for the attendees.
You can read further about the Jane Austen: Then and Now daily calendar of events at fellow Austenesque author Barbara Cole Tiller’s blog, Darcyholic Diversions. Barbara and fellow Janeite Jan Ashe have been the driving force behind this first annual event and I commend them for their enthusiasm and devotion to all things Austen.
I hope everyone has a wonderful time.
© 2012 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose