Austen's Afterlife– Tomorrow!

For those of you in the Boston area, I’ll be speaking tomorrow at the monthly meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America’s Massachusetts branch. The topic of my talk is Austen’s Accidental Afterlife: Jane and her Regency World in Modern Fiction.

The event is free for JASNA-MA members, $5 for non-members. For more details, check out the JASNA-MA website, here.

What: Talk & Signing
When: Sunday, May 6, 2:00
Where: 43 Hawes Street
Wheelock College, Brookline


  1. Jeffrey on May 6, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Afterlife? This sorta reminds me of your short story entry in Jane Austen Made Me Do It! Our Miss Austen indeed has some real “hang-time” doesn’t she?

  2. Rachel on May 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    “Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World” by Claire HARMON. I knew I would remember the title and author as soon as I got home (and was able to look it up, haha!).

    It was so lovely to hear your talk! And what a lovely venue as well! Thank you for coming to the Boston area!

  3. Marianne Downing on May 6, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Ms. Willig,
    I really enjoyed your talk today at the JANASMA meeting and appreciate your signing my book (I was the fellow attorney in the audience who espressed an interest in writing romance fiction). Thanks also for your tip about the romance writers of America. I’m looking forward to digging into my your first “Pink Carnation” book this evening.

  4. Susan on May 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I enjoyed your talk immensely and am so intrigued by the story of “enacting a Cheltenham tragedy!” Who knew… I’ll be looking for that A. S. Byatt article this afternoon. Your comment about the number of dukes reminded me of another talk at a JASNA meeting with Eloisa James all her duke novels. Each year, one of my students falls in love with your series and starts a read through. Thanks for being at our meeting yesterday.

  5. Lauren on May 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Thanks so much, Susan! Here’s the reference for that Byatt article: “An Honourable Escape: Georgette Heyer”, A.S. Byatt, from Passions of the Mind: Selected Writings, 258-265.

    Another interesting piece on Heyer is: “A Story of her Weaving: the self-authoring heroines of Georgette Heyer’s Regency Romance”, Karin E. Westman, in Doubled Plots: Romance and History, Susan Strehle & Mary Carden, eds.

    I also loved the Jane Aiken Hodge biography, “The Private World of Georgette Heyer”.

    Thanks for having me to your meeting! It was such fun.

  6. Lauren on May 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Marianne, it was so nice to meet you! Good luck with the writing. Here’s the link to New England chapter of RWA– they’re the nicest people.

  7. Lauren on May 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks for the reference, Rachel! I’ll have to go track that down…. Great to see you yesterday!

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