October 2011 will mark the bicentenary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. This is why My Jane Austen Book Club wants to dedicate a special space to the celebration and discussion of Austen’s first achievement as a published writer. I have invited some expert Janeites to contribute to the discussion and they have kindly and generously accepted . Katherine at November’s Autumn and Gaskell Blog contributed the cute button on the left. Each month one of them will deal with a theme, a character, a topic somehow linked to Sense and Sensibility. The discussion will be open to you all with your comments, questions and suggestions. There will be a monthly giveaway and you will have the chance to win a book or DVD connected to our celebration. Here’s the schedule of our virtual meetings. Take notes.
1. January Jennifer Becton: Marriage and Money in Sense and Sensibility
2. February Alexa Adams: Sense and Sensibility on screen
3. March C. Allyn Pierson: Inheritance laws and their consequences in Sense & Sensibility
4. April Beth Pattillo: Lost in Sense and Sensibility
5. May Jane Odiwe: Willoughby: a rogue on trial
6. June Deb @JASNA Vermont: Secrets in Sense and Sensibility
7. July Laurie Viera Rigler: Interview with Lucy Steele
8. August Regina Jeffers: Settling for the Compromise Marriage
9. September Lynn Shepherd: The origins of S&S: Richardson, Jane Austen, Elinore & Marianne
10. October Meredith @Austenesque Reviews: Sense and Sensibility fanfiction
11. November Vic @Jane Austen’s World: Minor characters in Sense and Sensibility
12. December Laurel Ann @Austenprose: Marianne Dashwood: A passion for dead Leaves and other Sensibilities
If you comment on the announcement post at MJABC or/and on upcoming Jennifer Becton’s post about marriage and money in Sense and Sensibility, [which will be posted January 22], you’ll be entered in the giveaway of The Three Weissmans of Westport by Cathleen Shine. This novel, published by Picador, is a new modern re-telling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.
*Text provided by My Jane Austen Book Club.
Thank you, Maria Grazia of My Jane Austen Book Club for the invitation to participate. I had not read Sense and Sensibility in a few years, so it was a real pleasure to reread the text and enjoy the tale again. I look forward to reading the upcoming posts of those who are contributing after me. Those are the real experts. I’m just an Austen enthusiast who does the best she can. –Jennifer