Thursday, December 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Jane Austen! - December 16th Extravaganza

The very lovely Maria Grazie of Fly High and My Jane Austen Book Club is organizing a birthday bash for dear Miss Austen to mark the 235th anniversary of her birth. Though on that date I will be swamped by relatives, who descend on our home next Monday, of course I will be taking time out to indulge in such a celebratory occasion. Please join myself and a highly impressive list of fellow writers (I am honored to be included amongst some of my very favorites!) as we pay tribute to Jane. And what is a birthday party without presents? An enormous list of books are up for grabs (as many are being offered by my favorite writers, it is logical to conclude that some of these are my favorite Austenesque novels), so be sure to do the rounds and enter all the giveaways. Thank you, Maria, for organizing "the due celebration of that festival which requires a more than ordinary share of private balls and large dinners to proclaim its importance."

Here is the event announcement, which you can also read at My Jane Austen Book Club. Get ready to toast and fete the great authoress with all the ceremony that is unarguably her due!

It wouldn't be fair to neglect someone as important and dear to  us  as  Jane Austen  on her birthday.  She was born on 16th December 1775, it’ll be 235 years next week . We owe so many immensely pleasant moments to her that we decided she deserved a great B-day celebration.  My Jane Austen Book Club and other bloggers and Austen dedicated writers are going to have a blog party in her honour. You are all invited to join us on our “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JANE!” event next Thursday December 16th. Who will be there? Where is the party going on? 
Adriana Zardini at Jane Austen Sociedad de Brasil

Laurel Ann at Austenprose

Vic Sanborn at Jane Austen's World

Katherine Cox at November’s Autumn 

Karen Wasylowski at

Laurie Viera Rigler at Jane Austen Addict

Lynn Shepherd at

Jane Greensmith at Reading, Writing, Working, Playing

Jane Odiwe at Jane Austen Sequels

Alexa Adams at First Impressions

Regina Jeffers at ReginaJeffers's Blog

Cindy Jones at First Draft

Janet Mullany at Risky Regency

Maria Grazia  at My Jane Austen Book Club
Meredith at Austenesque Reviews

You’ll find Happy Birthday posts and tributes to Jane Austen on all these blogs on December 16th with the HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JANE logo created by Adriana Zardini (JASBRA) just for the occasion. Lovely, isn’t it? Visit all the blogs on December 16th and leave your comments and e-mail addresses to have lots of  chances to win one of the wonderful gifts we are giving away:

Books:  1 signed copy of…
Willoughby’s Return by Jane Odiwe

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepherd

Intimations of Austen by Jane Greensmith

Darcy's Passions: Fitzwilliam Darcy's Story by Regina Jeffers

First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride and Prejudice by Alexa Adams

Jane and the Damned by Janet Mullany
Bespelling Jane Austen by Janet Mullany
Other gifts: 
Austen bag offered by Karen Wasylowski

DVD Pride & Prejudice 2005 offered by Regina Jeffers

Package of Bingley's Tea (flavor - "Marianne's Wild Abandon") offered by Cindy Jones

DVD Jane Austen in Manhattan offered by Maria Grazia
3 issues of Jane Austen Regency World offered by Maria Grazia
Giveaways will end on the 23rd .  Winners will be announced on My Jane Austen Book Club.


  1. Thanks for joining, Alexa. Let's have great fun celebrating our dear Jane!

  2. Thanks for joining, Alexa. Let's have great fun celebrating our dear Jane next Thursday!