Jane Austen’s books have touched countless hearts for centuries. The cultural touchstones of Jane Austen’s characters have connected and resonated with people throughout the ages and will continue to do so for years to come. Celebrate this amazing author and her works with us on what would be her 248th birthday by joining us for an afternoon tea and talk. Attendees will sample British treats and teas from Austen’s era while Allison Thompson, a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America- Pittsburgh Region gives a presentation on Jane Austen’s life and her family.
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Independent scholar Allison Thompson has explored the intersection of Austen and popular culture in several articles including “Jane Austen, Dragonrider,” a study of fantasy fan fiction variations of Pride & Prejudice as well as “Trinkets and Treasures: Consuming Jane Austen,” an examination of the stuff fans can buy and what it says about them. She is a former president of and frequent speaker for the Western PA Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Allison’s most recent book is Dances from Jane Austen’s Assembly Rooms, a collection of English country dances from Austen’s music library enhanced by descriptive essays as well as period commentary.