April’s Reading Society made the most of the Spring weather by exploring the Upper East Side and visiting the two apartments of Duchess of Bloomsbury Street author Helene Hanff. This photo was taken in front of Charing Cross House, 305 East 72nd Street, where a plaque explains how the building got its name and that Helene Hanff lived there. After visiting the building a stop was made at Alice’s Tea Cup for tea and scones which were enjoyed in Central Park while watching the seals play at the zoo.
March’s Reading Society took place over High Tea at Lady Mendl’s. Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was discussed over scones and clotted cream. Yum!
Last night Juvenilia members enjoyed Karen Eterovich’s play Cheer from Chawton: A Jane Austen Family Theatrical at The National Arts Club in New York City. Ms Eterovich wrote and performed in her play throughout many cities including Bath, New York and Louisville. It combines selections from the juvenilia, the novels and Austen’s personal letters to present a picture of the author and her works.
Juvenilia found the play to be endearing and funny. Members also had the honor of meeting with Ms. Eterovich after her wonderful performance.
Looking for a date this Valentines day? Why not go on a blind date with a new book?
The Royal Mail is issuing six commemorative stamps in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudiced. Each stamp features a scene from one of Austen’s novels.
Stamps will be available beginning February 21st.
Austenonly has a wonderful write up on how to order.