Sacramento Public Library

How Austentatious!


6/13/2010

Sense and Sensibility - Introduction & Etiquette Presentation


Austen scholar, Dr. David Bell, introduced the book. Then, Rachel Dodge presented an interesting talk on Regency-era etiquette that will familiarize you with the customs central to all of Jane Austen’s novels.

Rachel Dodge's etiquette presentation


David Bell’s lecture

6/27/2010

Book Discussion & Carriage Presentation


Ed Ratcliffe discussed Regency-era transportation and its significance in Austen’s novels during an entertaining talk.

Ed Ratcliffe's carriage presentation
7/11/2010

Pride and Prejudice - Introduction & Tour of Austen's England


In 2013 Pride and Prejudice celebrates 200 years in print. Would you believe that it was once rejected by a publisher?

Austen scholar Dr. David Bell introduced the book. Then, Rachel Dodge returned to be our guide to take us a virtual tour of the locales and architecture found in Austen’s books.

Rachel Dodge's presentation
David Bell's presentation
7/25/2010

Pride and Prejudice – Period Music Demonstration


The Sacramento Country Dance Society’s talented musicians played period music, their dancers demonstrated, and their instructors taught  us the essentials of English Country Dancing.

8/8/2010

Emma - Introduction & Needlework Presentation


Dr. David Bell introduced the book; we learned about the handiwork of accomplished ladies in Austen’s time; then, textile arts historian Vima de Marchi Micheli gave a presentation on lace and embroidery of the Regency era.

David Bell's introduction to Emma
Vima deMarchi Micheli's presentation
Stephenee Borelli's presentation
8/22/2010

Emma - The Mystery of Emma & Book Discussion


Austen scholar Dr. David Bell presented a paper that shed light on the mystery found in Emma.

David Bell Presentation

9/12/2010
Mansfield Park - Introduction & Volume I Book Discussion

As the least read of Austen's novels, you might consider yourself a true "Janeite" having read it. Austen scholar Dr. David Bell introduced his favorite Austen novel and gave a talk about landscaping.

David Bell Presentation

9/12/2010

Mansfield Park - Lovers' Vows Performance, Volumes II & III Book Discussion


We enjoyed a dramatic performance as talented local actors performed scenes from Lovers' Vows, a play central to the plot.

David Bell’s presentation
10/10/2010

Northanger Abbey - Book Discussion & Gothic Literature


Professor Jason Gieger of Sacramento State University gave a talk on Gothic literature, a favorite genre of Austen and inspiration for her Gothic parody. The Sacramento Room had a display of 18th century books from its own collection.
10/24/2010

Northanger Abbey - Soprano Robin Fisher & Regency Fashion Show


We listened to a performance fit for a Regency-era drawing room by soprano Robin Fisher, accompanied by pianist John Cozza. Then we enjoyed a Regency-era fashion show while Shelley Monson talked about the period’s most stylish fashions.

Robin Fisher Presentation
11/7/2010

Persuasion - Introduction & the Royal Navy


Austen scholar Dr. David Bell introduced the book. Then, we enjoyed a talk by Royal Navy-enthusiast Jim Rich. Since the hero of Persuasion is a sea captain, it is fitting that we learned about life in the navy and the crucial role the Royal Navy played in protecting Britain against its European enemies.

Jim Rich's presentation

11/21/2010

Persuasion - Regency Medicine & Book Discussion


Palma Lower discussed health and medicine as they pertain to the plots of Austen’s novels, especially Persuasion.

Palma Lower's Presentation


12/12/2010

First Annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea


We enjoyed a harp performance by Kyra Pigford and an entertaining talk on charades by Mark Turner.
Listen to presentations by Librarian Stephenee Borelli, Professor David Bell, Library Director Rivkah Sass, and charades expert Mark Turner.
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