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AustenFest, April 5-7, to Celebrate the Work and Regency World of Jane Austen

AustenFest, April 5-7, is a three-day celebrating on of the work and the Regency world of Jane Austen. Her characters, including Elizabeth Bennett, Mr. Darcy, Emma Woodhouse, and Catherine Moreland, are among the most beloved in English literature. First editions of Austen’s works and related items from UT’s Special Collections will be on display in Hodges Library during the month of April.

AustenFest kicks off officially with an outdoor screening of Emma at the STEM academy lawn on April 5. Other events include an essay contest for local high school and college students; a marathon reading of the greatest scenes from Austen’s novels (April 7); presentations by Austen editor Dr. Peter Sabor of McGill University and Dr. Devoney Looser of Arizona State University (April 6 and 7); Tea for 200, a public tea party in Hodges library on April 6; and finally, a Friday night (April 7) Regency ball at the Southern Railway Depot. All events are free and open to the public. More information and RSVP instructions are available at

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