The Jane Austen Foundation of LA, Inc. presents the 10th Annual Jane Austen Literary Festival in Old Mandeville April 1-2, 2017.
The festival celebrates the life and times of English Jane Austen, author of such enduring novels as Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park. Austen lived in the Regency Era in England from the late 1700's to mid-1800's, and this festival offers dozens of opportunities to bring the era to life once again.
The 10th annual event features the "Perfect Love Letter" Writing Contest, the Looking for Mr. Darcy reading contest and No Plain Janes costume competition. All festival goers are strongly encouraged to costume in Regency-Victorian era English attire the entire weekend. The festival includes lectures and panels by authors and professors, readings, and Regency-era reception with cakes, teas, champagne and a social play. The book focus this year is Emma.
The Jane Austen Literary Festival at Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St. (Farmers Market and Depot), features free activities on Saturday, April 1, from 9am to 5pm. Events include the Mr. Darcy Oratory, costume and letter writing contests, dancing, speakers and more.
Special ticketed events include the Regency Ball at Old Rail Brewing Company (upstairs), 639 Girod St., 7pm to 10pm, featuring dancing, entertainment, food and open bar ($25 in advance, $30 at the door), and Sunday Brunch at Maison Lafitte, 402 Lafitte St., featuring a harp concert, Champagne reception, poetry panel, singing, a silent auction and more, 12-5pm ($20, 2-5pm, $35 all day).
Also on Sunday, a special tribute to co-founder Richard Boyd, who passed away in January, will be held just before the Poetry Panel.