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Jane Austen

by Lorie Lewis Ham

This weekend FPU’s production of Emma opens. We took a moment to chat about the show with the show’s director, Brooke Aiello, who is an adjunct professor and the Staff Costume Designer/Shop Foreman at FPU.


by Lorie Lewis Ham

Fresno State University Theatre is offering a lovely show to enjoy for the holiday season, Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley. Having enjoyed several variations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I looked forward to this new play and I was not disappointed. It was written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon.


Sense and Sensibility On Stage at 2nd Space

IN THE January 17 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham

I have seen many different versions of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but I had never seen Sense and Sensibility until I went to the Good Company Players’ production at 2nd Space a couple of weeks ago.


by Heather Parish

“It is such happiness when good people get together—and they always do,” says beloved novelist Jane Austen.
And what better time to take a bit of respite with like-minded folk than during the hubbub of the holidays? The Central Valley region of the Jane Austen Society of North America (“JASNA Cen Cal”) will provide just such a respite by hosting A Jane Austen Tea and Holiday Celebration to honor Austen’s 241st birthday and celebrate the Yuletide season.


by Cynthia Chow

Emily Cavanaugh’s life was on hold. Ever since the death of her husband two years ago, Emily managed to teach her literature classes at Reed College, looking forward only to graduation and the day classes ended. She is rocked out of this stasis by the news of the death of her great-aunt Beatrice Runcible, who has left her an inheritance in Stoney Beach, Oregon. Although Emily had some of her fondest moments as a child reveling in Beatrice’s grand library, it has been decades since the two last spent time together.


by Jessica Ham

We love web series here at KRL and enjoy sharing new ones with our readers when we find ones that we really enjoy. This week we are reviewing From Mansfield With Love, which is based on the book Mansfield Park. Check out this fun video review, and then go check out the series!


Emma Approved: Web Series Review

IN THE September 6 ISSUE

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by Jessica Runnels

Jane Austen is one of the most famous novelists who ever lived. Her books have romance and drama and teach us a little lesson along the way, especially in her novel Emma. Emma is a stubborn woman who is always meddling in other people’s lives by playing matchmaker. She is so busy worrying about how her friends feel that she never stops to realize her own feelings. She hurts people a long the way by being quick to judge and by going a little too far in the meddling. She learns her lesson but it takes some time.


by Heather Parish

Have you watched beautiful costume dramas like Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice and wondered what it would be like to go to a dance back then? Well, there is a terrific opportunity to do just that at Mrs. Parks’ Regency Rout on Saturday, August 2. The event is hosted by Period Entertainments and Recreational Costuming, Fresno.

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by Carrie Padgett

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an ill-tempered man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of killing.
Jane Austen probably never had to deal with a corpse! Antonia Burns stared at the purple, dead face of Eustace Perrin. Antonia had often fancied a parallel between her life and Austen’s Pride & Prejudice heroine Elizabeth Bennett–until this night. She’d left Eustace on the patio of Fresno’s Fig Garden Swim and Racquet Club for ten minutes, maybe twelve. Fifteen at the most.


by Terell Byrd

The only sad ending in the work of Jane Austen is the author’s early demise. There were six books published in her lifetime and two after her death. It has left those of us who love her novels bereft. In recent years a revival of interest has inspired authors to write books that continue the stories of her remarkable characters.

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by Submitted by FAREF

It is a truth universally acknowledged that those who adore historical eras of elegance and manners long to don period costumes and gather together for tea or to discuss classic literature. Central Valley residents Carrie Flores and Sharon Lathan have discovered this to be true. A mutual passion for Jane Austen and the Regency Era of England brought these two ladies together to forge a sincere friendship that has lead them to establish the Fresno Area Regency England Fellowship (FAREF).


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