brating the life and workds of Jane Austen
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Jane Austen and Adaptation: Past, Present, and Future
Catherine Gubernatis, Ph.D. and Dan Mangiavellano, Ph.D.

St. Tammany Parish Causeway Branch Library
3457 Highway 190, Mandeville, LA

Thursday, October 21, 2021
6:00- 8:00 p.m.

Free and Open to the Public
Light Refreshments Will Be Provided
Please call 985-626-9779 to register



The Fourth Annual Jane Austen Literary Festival

hosted by The Jane Austen Foundation of Louisiana

will be held on March 19 & 20, 2011

Save the dates for the fourth annual Jane Austen Literary Festival! The next festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20, 2011.

As novelist Jane Austen said, "a person who can write a letter with ease, cannot write ill."

And that adage of wisdom was never so obvious as in 2008 during the "Perfect Love Letter" writing competition that was a highlight of Old Mandeville's
first ever Jane Austen Festival; no ill thoughts in the many letters submitted but only expressions of love for persons, places or things, real or imagined.

The Perfect Love Letter competition will return along with scores of other activities when the fourth annual Jane Austen Literary Festival unfolds on March 19 & 20, 2011, in Old Mandeville, sponsored by The Jane Austen Foundation of Louisiana, Inc., a nonprofit corporation.

A full schedule of activities will take place on these dates.

As the legendary Austen, hailed as one  of the greatest novelists in  the history of the English language, put it during the English Regency Era in which she lived, "there is no charm equal to the tenderness of the heart."

That, says Jane Austen Festival founder Kerri Blache, is the core concept benind the "Perfect Love Letter" contest.  Indeed, the mission of the festival in Mandeville is "to foster the fine art of letter writing."

Details on the ever-popular Perfect Love Letter Writing Contest will be forthcoming.

But there is more to this colorful festival than the quiet, solitary, serene art of love letter writing.

There is an equally popular time to strut your stuff inn the most elegant of Regency-Victorian era English attire by entering the Looking for Mr. Darcy and No
Plain Jane costume competition. All festival goers are strongly encouraged to costume the entire weekend.


For more information contact us at:
[email protected]


As a Patron, you can help The Jane Austen Foundation of Louisiana with their mission to foster the fine art of letter writing.  Your support will help with future plans of letter writing workshops, dramatic readings of Austen's works, demonstrations of arts, crafts, dance and culture of her day!

If you are interested in finding out more, please see the "Become a Patron" page this website for more information.



Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank
Pelican Athletic Club


Barnes & Noble
City of Mandeville
Dew Drop Social and Benevolent Hall
Just Picture It Frame Shop
Les Ensembles Classique
The Louisiane Vintage Dancers
Louisiana State University English Department
The LSU Dickens Project
Mandeville Trailhead Cultural and Interpretive Center
New Orleans Celtic Harp Ensemble Tribune
Northshore Literary Society
Old Mandeville Business Association
Papier Plume
Pontchartrain Winds Bed & Breakfast
St. Tammany Parish Libraries
WLAE TV PBS & LAE Productions


“Expect a most agreeable letter, for not being overburdened with subject (having nothing at all to say), I shall have no check to my genius from beginning to end.”

-  Letter of January 21, 2022