At the JASNA AGM, by Saturday, October 15, I have to admit I was becoming overwhelmed. The plenaries and break-out sessions were outstanding. I was enjoying every minute but I was having a very hard time deciding among the many options for sessions. I luckily overheard a suggestion from some anonymous know-it-all and thus enjoyed the delightful presentation of Margaret Chittick and Vera Quin: “S&S is Full of Surprises.”
|Claire Bellanti, Margaret Chittick & Vera Quinn
Carrie Bebris spoke on “Gunsmoke: Dueling in Jane Austen’s Time” giving details about the Code Duello, the rules and the equipment, as well as stories about actual duels. The only duel in S&S occurs off-stage and is referred to only briefly, but it was a clear indication of the seriousness with which Col. Brandon dealt with the wayward Willoughby — a matter of the highest honor.
|Here is Carrie, costumed later for the ball, with her parents Jane and Jerry Morris
My good pal Nina Davis came over from Dallas to spend some quality time at the JASNA AGM. We spent a lot of time in the Emporium, where the temptations almost overcame us.
|Andrew Davies and authors Amanda McCabe and Jane Mullaney
Following the banquest, many of the costumed attendees promenaded around the hotel and the neighborhood.
Unidentified stroller on the left, with Steve Lawrence of the Chawton House Library and Mrs. Lawrence.
In the foreground, Judy Beine, Kathy O’Brien, Sara Bowen and Kim Wilson
Lori Davis and Kim Wilson
Liz Cooper wore appropriate Texas attire to escort Andrew Davis on the promenade
For more information on the Kimball Art Museum, click here.
And here is more information on JASNA, the Jane Austen Society of North America.
Watch for another post on the gala book launch held in Ft. Worth, comuing soon.
Next year, the JASNA AGM will be held in New York City, Brooklyn to be precise, October 5-7,. 2012where the topic is “Sex, Money and Power in Jane Austen’s Fiction.”
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