Jane Austen Day

Elizabeth Bennet: Delightful Creature
April 28, 2012
Sheraton Society Hill Hotel

Registration for Jane Austen Day is now officially closed. We look forward to seeing all registrants at Jane Austen Day!

Elizabeth BennetThe region will hold its first Jane Austen Day on April 28, 2012, at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Old City Philadelphia. "Elizabeth Bennet: Delightful Creature" will be the theme of the daylong event. It will be a day filled with discovery, delight, and diversions. Long walks will take place on brick sidewalks, celebrated speakers will share their thoughts about Elizabeth Bennet—one of Jane Austen's most famous and beloved heroines—and contented attendees will purchase goods and feast on fine food. On January 29, 1813, in a letter to her sister Cassandra, Jane Austen wrote, "I must confess that I think her as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print, and how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least I do not know."

Elizabeth BennetSpeakers: Professor Mary Bly teaches Shakespeare at Fordham University and spoke, as a member of a plenary panel, about "Romance Fiction in the Wake of Austen" at the 2008 JASNA AGM in Chicago. Professor Bly will discuss Elizabeth Bennet from two different perspectives. As a Shakespearean scholar, she will discuss Elizabeth Bennet's literary ancestors and, as Eloisa James, her pen name, Professor Bly will talk about Elizabeth Bennet's descendants in her presentation: "Channeling Jane: Creating the Lizzy of Today (and Tomorrow)." Professor Joan Ray, author of Jane Austen for Dummies and past-President of JASNA, will explore the charming and sometimes surprising behavior exhibited by our beloved heroine who continues to delight readers today in "Elizabeth Bennet as Miss Pert: How Delightful is She-Really?" Carrie Rickey, the film critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, will present scenes from a variety of films from both large and small screens that have brought Elizabeth Bennet to life for different generations of movie-goers. Which actresses and productions have been successful in capturing and portraying Jane Austen's "delightful creature?"

Elizabeth Bennet Location: Sheraton Society Hill Hotel, One Dock Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119 215.238.6000. Directions are available here. Street and meter parking are available near the hotel. Hotel valet parking is available for $21/day. You may find other parking options here.

Schedule of Events:

9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Registration and Receipt of Material; Regional Emporium and Tarot
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Professor Joan Ray, Elizabeth Bennet as Miss Pert: How Delightful is She Really?
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon and Emporium
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Carrie Rickey, The Three Elizabeths
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Professor Mary Bly, Channeling Jane: Creating the Lizzy of Today (and Tomorrow)
3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Authors' Signing; Regional Emporium and Tarot
4:15 - 5:45 p.m. Walking Tour of Society Hill

Registration: Jane Austen Day is open to region members, members of neighboring regions, and the general public. Reservations are required in order to attend this event. The registration fee is $95, including a full program of events, luncheon, and a tote bag. Registration is now open to the public. Download the reservation form to register for this special event. Please note that online and credit card processing are not available.

Luncheon: Attendees may select from the following entrees: (1) Sesame crusted salmon with sun-dried cranberry sauce; (2) Seared rosemary French-cut chicken breast with roasted lemon caper sauce; or (3) Vegetable Lasagna Roulade with Tomato Basil Sauce. Luncheon entree selections are served with a salad of Boston lettuce, mandarin oranges, toasted pecans, and red onions with citrus-chive dressing; seasonal fresh vegetables; and warm freshly baked petite pan rolls. Dessert is apple pie puff a la mode. Freshly brewed coffee and tea selections will also be served.

Elizabeth BennetDelightful Links: The JASNA website contains many articles about Elizabeth Bennet. And not just articles. Become familiar with film and TV adaptations of Pride and Prejudice by visiting the Austen on Film section of the JASNA website. Shortly after the debut of the 2005 "Pride & Prejudice," Persuasions editor, Susan Allen Ford, assembled a series of essays devoted to that film version alone. Three past JASNA AGMs, New York 1979, Santa Fe 1989, and Boston 2000, have focused on Pride and Prejudice, and the 2013 JASNA AGM will celebrate the 200th anniversary of its publication. To be diverted by "follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies," watch the promotional videos which can be found on the Region's Facebook fan page and YouTube channel.

Emporium: Regional wares, such as stationery, Jane Austen pins, post-its, Christmas cards, coasters, books and more, will be available for Janeites to purchase. Barnes & Noble will offer Jane Austen books, DVDs, CDs, and comic books, though Elizabeth Bennet is "not a great reader." Tea to Tisanes, purveyor of fine teas and herbal brews, will offer special blends for the region's special day. Diane Wilkes, author of The Tarot of Jane Austen, will offer "short" reads at specific times during the event.

Optional Walking Tour: Society Hill received its name from the "Free Society of Traders: who were granted a strip of land in this area by William Penn in 1683. Take a leisurely walk through this country's largest, intact collection of original colonial and post-colonial residential architecture. This 90-minute private tour will be conducted by guides from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. Follow in the footsteps of that "excellent walker," Elizabeth Bennet, and enjoy the delights of colonial Philadelphia. Price: $10 per person.

This event is funded in part by JASNA-Eastern Pennsylvania.

Questions? Call 215.345.1158 or email RC@jasnaeastpa.org