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The latest Jane Austen Summer Program news

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The masquerade ball

We’ve nailed down the 13 dances — including “The Betrayed Lover” (intriguing!) and “Mr. Beveridge’s Maggot (always a crowd pleaser) — we’ll learn for the ball. Click here for a list, plus written instructions and links to videos. Plus, check out our post on dressing for the ball. Note: Those who register for JASP receive admission to the ball, but EXTRA tickets for the ball are now SOLD OUT.

The tea


Our annual tea is the perfect way to cap the Jane Austen Summer Program. In consultation with Amanda Fisher of the Blakemere Company, the event will be a traditional English afternoon tea (Fisher will be providing the clotted cream) in the elegant Old Well Room at the historic Carolina Inn. The room — one of the first ballrooms in Chapel Hill — was built in 1924 as part of the original hotel. Registration for the tea is open until June 10; register here.

The schedule

Our lineup of speakers now includes author John Kessel, who’ll talk to us about “Pride and Prometheus,” his novel inspired by “Frankenstein” and “Pride and Prejudice.” The book has gotten positive reviews, and we’re excited to hear how he melded the two timeless tales. Stay tuned — you’ll read more about him soon.

The pub crawl

Calling all heroes and heroines for a spooky night of mystery and delight at three of Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s finest establishments. Each stop will feature a unique Gothic cocktail and special favors, included with your ticket. As the protagonist of your adventure, register for as few or as many bars as you would like. The annual pub crawl has only grown in popularity.   Register here. One bar $15; two bars $30; three bars $40.

What to read

Of course, we recommend you read “Northanger Abbey” and “Frankenstein” — preferably the Oxford University Press editions of “Northanger Abbey” and the 1818 text (note the year!) of “Frankenstein.” But we’ve also added some supplemental readings, so check ’em out in our  What to Read section.

What to watch

We’ve also updated our What to Watch list of adaptations of “Northanger Abbey” and “Frankenstein.” We’ll screen one or two films during the program, but there’s a good number movies, TV shows and Web series that are worth viewing on your own.

And last but not least…

It’s not too late for you to join us: Registration is open until May 21! The hotel discount rate ends May 21, as well. We’d love to see you at the Jane Austen Summer Program, June 14-17, in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, N.C. Register here.


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