Mansfield Park in Montreal

May 4, 2014 at 5:35 pm (entertainment, jane austen, jasna) (, , , , )

This coming October, the AGM (Annual General Meeting) of JASNA – the Jane Austen Society of North America – is hosted by Montreal, a not-far drive from my northern Vermont home. I’ve been taking a look at the schedule of break-out speakers.

Session F is going to be REALLY hard to decide one “just one” – for there are three speakers whose topics call to me. Sarah Bowen discusses CLERGYMEN’S WIVES, which of course encompasses my Emma – and her sisters Augusta, Fanny, and Maria!

But there’s also Jacqueline Reid-Walsh‘s topic of “girls’ domestic activities,” which includes a look at “modifying prints as artwork”. Those show up in the Smith & Gosling homes several times over.

Tess O’Toole and Jocelyn Harris offer two more talks in the same session. Oh, dear… I slightly (currently) give the nod to Harris, for she wonders if Fanny and Susan Price could possibly have been based in some way on Fanny and Susan Burney.

And Sarah Emsley‘s topic has really caught my attention: Lady Sherbrooke, wife of the Lt-Gov. of Nova Scotia has been caught reading MP in tandem with her sister in 1815! What nuggets of diary or letter entries might this talk hold???

LOTS to think about in the weeks before the AGM opens for registration.

The post-chaise to Montreal leaves in October

 

 

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Te Deum: Nicholas Hoare Bookstore (Montreal)

January 3, 2013 at 11:52 pm (books) (, , )

What was once the highlight of a trip north, across the Vermont-Quebec border: Nicholas Hoare Bookstore in Westmount CLOSED on New Year’s Eve. The neighborhood will not be the same without it…

News states there will be some “ad hoc” hours in early January – for selling off stock and fixtures. Catch up with Nicholas and the removal to the Toronto flagship store, at the bookstore’s British Books blog.

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Say it ain’t so: Nicholas Hoare Bookstore

September 15, 2012 at 8:44 am (books, entertainment, news, travel) (, , , , , , , , , )

With an expired passport and no “enhanced” driver’s license, I’ve been unable to cross the US-Canada border for some time. Why, you might ask, don’t I just get the documents I need? Well, my mother’s older – never walked well; does worse now – she used to come with me. I always visited Marks & Spencer – if for nothing else, some tea and buscuits! That’s long closed. Used to attend a few productions of l’Opera de Montreal; but tickets grew more expensive as the CN$ came on par with the US$. You see my dilemma? All my favorite reasons for travelling north have slowly disappeared.

One thing along remained: the presence in Westmount of Nicholas Hoare Books. Here in Vermont we see Nicholas Hoare himself on our local PBS station. He sponsors some of their British offerings. So without visiting Montreal (and once CBC radio’s frequency got taken locally=no radio; and I got rid of cable=no CBC-TV), I never knew what had been going on behind the scenes: closure of their Ottawa branch, and the Montreal branch in danger!

Looking for their latest Random Notes, I clicked on “Blog” and there in three brief entries is much of the story. You can read their history yourself.

They are forging ahead as a sponsor of Vermont Public Television’s Downton Abbey (series 3) airings in 2013. I urge all British booklovers – in and around Montreal: Help keep Nicholas Hoare in Westmount!

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Some backstory:

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TITANIC Steps in Montreal

April 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm (books, europe, history, news) (, , , , , , )

Last evening, after Doc Martin’s latest episode had ended, Vermont Public Television (VPT) had an unusual little filler — about a Montreal walking tour with a TITANIC theme!

Author Alan Hustak, who leads these tours, can be seen on VPT’s YouTube video, which I found so informative. For instance, one man — who had survived two prior ship-sinkings — would not survive the Titanic. And a pair of lovers, who kept their romance under wraps, were only made known to the man’s mother and sister when he entrusted his girlfriend to them after the ship struck the iceberg.

Montreal is only a 90-minute drive from my northern-Vermont home; I used to go with some frequency, before border regulations threw up difficulties for those of us with expired passports (but that’s another story…); so, this connection to the Titanic’s maiden voyage is something totally fresh and of great interest!

And to give just one “for-instance” about families with Titanic connections, read this story about one visitor to the Halifax cemetery.

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Quick Post: Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)

July 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm (books, jasna) (, , , , , , )

A co-worker sent me this link; so wonderful an essay, that I just had to dig out my copy of Mansfield Park. Frankly, I’ve been heartily enjoying reading it! (I believe the Montreal AGM deals with this novel; perhaps I’ll find a paper topic?!)

Anyway, check out the two blog posts relevant to Mansfield Park; you will not see Landscape in the same manner again after reading Alexandra Lange‘s thoughts on the novel:

http://observersroom.designobserver.com/alexandralange/post/jane-austen-landscape-architect/28868/

and

http://observersroom.designobserver.com/alexandralange/post/jane-austen-architect/28278/

more later!

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