Screengrab from BBC. Great article on the BBC's website about a display of Austen's early writings at the British Library. They include three notebooks written between the ages of 11 and 17. Kathyrn Sutherland, an Oxford professor quoted in the article by Fiona Macdonald, calls them "... exuberantly expressionistic tales of sexual misdemeanor, of female drunkenness and violence." Wow! You can read more here. The show runs from January 10 through February 19. Janeites can order our 3x5" Jane sticker here on our website, without a trip across the pond. $3.95 includes free shipping.
As you can see in this earlier blog post, singer Kelly Clarkson is a big Jane Austen fan. So much so, she purchased a beautiful ring of Jane's that the UK government ultimately decided was too much a part of British cultural heritage to export. So knowing her passion for Austen, we sent her a couple of Jane stickers (a color and a black and white). And we got this nice thank-you note from her yesterday. Cool!
New show from August 6-November 6 at the amazing Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. It's called "Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen and the Cult of Celebrity." It features the very shirt Colin Firth emerged from the water with in the 1995 Pride And Prejudice movie. A lock of Jane's hair. And a bundle of sticks from Shakespeare's birthplace, how about that. If you are a part of either author's Cult of Celebrity, you will certainly want to identify yourself by buying and prominently displaying a Shakespeare or Jane sticker.
LiteraryLocations.com illustrator Isabella Bannerman and I were recently staying in Bath. What a beautiful city, right on the Kennebec River. It is a city that makes ships and has for centuries. It still looks prosperous, and has preserved its beautiful Front Street, which has bookstores bumping into one another. I counted four, and there's another one around the corner on Centre Street. This is a very good sign. There is also a huge public library, the Patton, another very good sign. Open Door Books. 178 Front Street. How are you going to resist this place? You aren't. The Library Bookstore. 194 Front Street, right across the street from the Patton. And actually part of the Patton, I believe. The Mustard Seed Bookstore....