1. Our Cass Grafton Author Interview will be on our Blog!
Our treasurer, Cassandra Bates, has arranged for our region to have an author interview with Cass Grafton! Cass is the author of such titles as: A Quest for Mr. Darcy, Mr. Darcy’s Persuasion, and various other Pride and Prejudice-inspired works. We will publish our interview with Cass Grafton on our website blog soon. The deadline to submit questions has passed.
2. Sunday, March 21, 2021 2-4:00 PT Virtual Book Discussion: Mansfield Park (on Zoom)
We will be doing a book discussion of Mansfield Park. We wanted to give you plenty of time to read it before the meeting. To register, fill out the Google form linked below. We will send out the Zoom link closer to the event to everyone who registered. An optional video to watch before the book discussion meeting if you wish to learn more about Mansfield Park’s allusions to slavery and what slavery was like in Antigua is Professor Danielle Christmas speaking on “Lord Mansfield and the Slave Ship Zong”. This talk was part of Jane Austen and Company’s series Race and the Regency and explores the life of Lord Mansfield, the British judge, and his rulings on specific cases related to the slave trade and slavery. The talk itself is about 35 minutes and then there is about 55 minutes of Q&A. The video can be accessed at: https://www.janeaustenandco.org/recorded-events. Please note that Danielle discusses some horrific events related to the slave trade and shows a few graphic images of slavery that were used by abolitionists in the early 1800s. Sarah Emsley had a series on her blog in 2014 on Mansfield Park and Deborah Barnum wrote a wonderful blog about the discussion (and lack thereof) of slavery in the book. The blog is at this link and there is bibliography for further reading: https://sarahemsley.com/2014/08/29/jane-austens-dead-silence/.