SCHEDULE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST
Hello again, my darling Janeites! And welcome to our 6th annual Jane Austen lovefest! If you're unfamiliar with Austen in August (which, really? After all this time? But for the sake of argument...), then briefly: Austen in August is 2 solid weeks of non-stop Janery -- reviews, interviews, guest posts, giveaways. movie nights twitter parties -- if it's Jane, it's fair game. All are welcome in Austen in August, from the most diehard of Janeites, with their " If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more" tattoos and their invitations to Almack's*, to the most fresh-faced, wide-eyed initiates, who find no significance (as yet) in the term "fine eyes"... (noobs)
*If groups like this really exist, please tell me how to become one of your order...
Below is the schedule of events, updated daily, to help guide you through the next two WoJ (Weeks of Jane). The Austen in August button, seen above, will be at the bottom of each and every post, which you can click to be brought back to this main page, so you can navigate to your next bit of Janedom. Feel free to snag the button below and display it on your sidebars, tumblrs, or your own AIA blog posts.
And speaking of your own posts - a lot of the amazing Jane goodness you're going to see during Austen in August was contributed by other bloggers and authors who are amazing and astounding and awesome, and I'm sure other words beginning with 'A'. In the midst of all this sweet, sweet Janery, you may find yourself regretting that you didn't sign up for a guest post, but it's cool, I've gotcha covered! There is a Participation Linky where you can share any Austen-related posts you decide to share from your own blogs -- wade in and get your feet wet, or dive in head first and share your love of Austen! Or join our read-along of Emma, and the accompanying movie watching parties and/or twitter chats!
Lastly, I will again be posting an "In Case You Missed It" (or ICYMI) link on the schedule every day, directing you to something from the previous five years of Janery that you may have missed out on, or even some awesome Janey things around the internet. There's some good stuff there, folks, that you won't get just by scrolling through, so don't miss out!
Now: let's get down to business!
YOUR DANCE CARD
(It's pretty full, I hope you brought a spare pair of dancing shoes...)
Tuesday, the 18th
- Welcome and Schedule - you are here.
- Austen in August Participation Linky - share your own posts here!
- A Preference for Ginger, pt 1 — an Emma story by Maria Grace!
- Emma Read Along: Discussion Questions, volume one
- ICYMI: I played a game of Kiss, Marry, Kill with Austen men, and it's one of my favorite vlogs of all time (so fun!)
Wednesday, the 19th
- Eat Like Austen: White Soup | guest post & recipe from Beth!
- Unforgivable Austen: a colorful conversation
- Giveaway: Mistaking Her Character by Maria Grace!
- ICYMI: Cecilia Gray guest posted in 2013 with this hilarious video, "Austen -- by the book," which takes on the differences between the original source material of P&P, and its 2005 adaptation... sweaty pig testicles included.
- A Preference for Ginger, chapter 2 — an Emma story from Maria Grace!
- "My Jane Austen Pilgrimage" — guest post from Melanie!
- Emma Read Along, vol. 1: My Responses
- ICYMI: Beth (she of the White Soup recipe) created this quiz for us, to help us discover which type of Austen heroine we are. Shocking literally no one, I'm "spirited"... ;)
- "Emma and the Conspiracy of Cluelessness" — guest post and giveaway from Laurie Viera Rigler
- Pride & Prejudice on Beat... or something — guest post from Cecilia Gray
- The Friday Five: My Favorite Scenes from Emma
- ICYMI: C. Allyn Pierson told us a bit about Regency-era bloodletting, which ew, right? but I find particularly timely because my cat came home the other day with a GIANT LEECH ON HER STOMACH OMG UGH. So, you know... it still relates to our modern lives! ;)
- Words to Live By: a Colorful Conversation
- Dear Jane — a series review in the style of a letter to Austen, from Claudine
- Your Perfect Austen Match: a quiz from Beth
- Giveaway: Mr Darcy Falls In Love and The Sun Also Shines for Me by Noe & Cindy
- ICYMI: What's this? Why, it's the first ever post for my annual Austen event (all the way back when it was JiJ instead of AiA...), and it's by the one and only Amanda Grange. Throwback, y'all!
- Clueless Watch Along + Twitter Chat — click for the full reminder, but in short: join me in the Twittersphere tonight at 8:30pm EST to watch and tweet along to Clueless, this year's movie watch along!
- The Poetry of Austen — guest post from Kai
- Mistaking Her Character & the Art of the Adaptation
- ICYMI: A review of one of my favorite Austenesque works (and the first to convince me that JAFF was actually worth a read... I'd read a lot of dreck prior, and was on the verge of giving up)
- "Too Many Williams" — guest post & giveaway from Shannon Winslow!
- Emma Approved (because obvs.)
- Emma Read Along, Volume 2 Discussion Questions
- ICYMI: Lindsay gave us an insightful look at the world of Emma in her piece "Nature, Nurture and Class"
- A Preference for Ginger, chapter 3 — an Emma story by Maria Grace!
TenFive Tuesday: Best Kisses in Austen — guest post from Cecilia Gray!
- "They Couldn't Have Done it Without Us!" — guest post & giveaway from Sophia Rose!
- My Emma Connection
- ICYMI: One of my favorite colorful conversation-thingies happened in year four, where we talked about reforming the rakes. Ohhh, those delicious, slappable bad boys! ;)
- Eat Like Austen: Ratafia Cakes recipe from Beth!
- "The Writer of the Family" — guest post, excerpt & giveaway from Lisa Pliscou, author of Young Jane Austen!
Emma Read Along, vol II: My Responses-- So... I may have spent all day yesterday binge-watching Emma Approved, and forgot to upload this video. See tomorrow's schedule!
- ICYMI: Last year, I played a game of Jane Austen MASH, in which I left my Austenesque fate up to, well, Fate. Did things turn out alright for me? Hmm...
- "A Preference for Ginger" — a Harriet Smith story by Maria Grace
- Scandalous Austen: a colorful Janeite conversation
- JAFF Characters Austen Would Love — guest post from Claudine!
- Emma Read Along, vol II: My Responses -- Hey, would you look at that... ;)
- ICYMI: Back in 2011, I did a summer of weekly "beach read" posts, which lead to some very fun retellings when it came time for
Austen in AugustJane in June -- and it doesn't get much more beachy than this one!
- Friday Face Off: Austen in August Style — guest post from Cecilia Gray!
- On Austen. . .in August — guest post from Jenetta James!
- Giveaway: Custom Jane Austen Woodwork, from Noe & Cindy!
- The Friday Five: My Fave Minor Characters
- ICYMI: Diana Peterfreund, author of the VERY different (for a JAFF) and very awesome For Darkness Shows the Stars, stopped by and donned her Jane-hat to give some advice in this "Dear Jane" advice column...
- Dream Casting Austen (take 2): a colorful conversation
- List of 2015 Austenesque Works, a guest post from Beth
- Emma Read Along Discussion Questions, vol III
- Review: Suddenly Mrs. Darcy by Jenetta James
- ICYMI: The colorful conversationalists took a hard look at some of the Austen pairings and tried to determine whether they really were going to be Happy Ever After. . .
- REMINDER: Tonight @ 8:30 pm EST is our Emma / #AustenInAugust Twitter Chat! If you're available, please join me on Twitter for a lively Austen discussion!
- More Scenes Austen Never Wrote — guest post from Margaret C. Sullivan
- Feature: Darcy's Hope — Beauty from Ashes: a P&P Great War Romance by Ginger Monette
- Jane in Your Interwebs
- ICYMI: Pride & Prejudice & Doctor Who, because obviously.
- Bad Boys & Bitches Redux: a colorful conversation, pt 1 -- the "ladies"
- Austen Quickies: 3 quick looks at recent Austenesque releases (get your head out of the gutter)
- Bad Boys & Bitches Redux: a colorful conversation, pt 2 -- the "gentlemen"
- My Responses to the Emma Read Along, volume 3 (sort of)
- ICYMI: Proving that Austen's reach is far, graphic novelist Tony Cliff (Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant) chatted with us about coming to his senses (and sensibilities)
- The End.