Tuesday, March 31, 2009

First of all, an alert that might be of interest to readers in Wareham, Massachusetts, as reported by the Bedford Daily Evening Standard:
Truth is stranger than fiction, and visitors at the Borders bookstore at Wareham Crossing might be surprised this afternoon to discover some real drama breaking out in their midst.
Starting at 1 p.m., scenes from "Jane Eyre," the 1847 novel written by Charlotte Bronte, will come to life inside the store, performed by a cast of costumed students from Ellesmere College in England.
As part of an established cultural exchange program with Tabor Academy in Marion, the two schools have been sending drama students back and forth every other year to stage productions representative of their native lands.
Today's performance will offer just a sample of the full-length show, according to Howland.
"It's kind of impromptu," he said. "Borders will put out some chairs, and it should run for about 45 minutes."
The visitors, a group of 17 made up primarily of students ages 16 and 17, will stage two complete shows at Tabor later this week.
Free performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Hoyt Hall.
Reservations are recommended. Call Tabor at (508) 748-2000.
The English students will visit Cape Cod, Providence and Newport, R.I., while in the area.
Once back in England, the Ellesmere students, at the invitation of the Bronte Society, are scheduled to perform the same scenes at the Yorkshire home of Charlotte Bronte. (Don Cuddy)
Don't miss it if you happen to be in that area.

Now for the Brontëites du jour: Young actress Jennifer Stone was recently interviewed by Pixie magazine and Just Jared Jr. recaps the information:
“I don’t have a favorite book because I read so much. I love books. When I go into Barnes & Noble, I’ll spend like $100. I love reading Jane Austen and Charlotte and Emily Bronte. I like a lot of the classic English literature. I also like informational books. I love to read a lot of psychology stuff. I’ve read a lot of Sigmund Freud. I think he’s really interesting.”
The Northwest Arkansas Times has an article on poet Garry C. Powell:
"I'd wanted to be a writer since reading 'Wuthering Heights' at the age of 16 - an unusual inspiration for a working-class English boy," Powell said. (Cat Donnelly)
And there's the band Dear Reader (formerly known as Harris Tweed), who explain their name a little more in depth to BizCommunity.
That's what we're interested in when we're making music: connecting with the people who are listening, commiserating with one another.” Says Cheri and that is why they chose the name Dear Reader it was taken from Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre who often addresses the reader with a “Dear Reader” “I like that sense of connection between reader, writer and plot” (Dear Reader Album launch press release) And it is something that Dear Reader definitely instils in their performances; their gig was like an intimate conversation and story told between band and audience. (Ruth Cooper)
The California Chronicle takes a look at recent DVD releases and concludes the following about the latest screen adaptation of Wuthering Heights:
"Wuthering Heights" (WGBH, 2009, $24.99). The latest version of the oft-filmed Emily Bronte classic is rather mediocre. No one's going to forget Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon.
Extras: widescreen, featurette (Chris Hicks)
The Los Angeles Times points to a new website, FiledByAuthor, which
has cataloged the information of about 1.8 million authors into individual pages. There are biographies, photos, links to purchase books from online retailers and links to share the author's FiledBy page through a dizzying list of social networking sites. And everyone is there, from the novice self-published author to Stephenie Meyer. [...]
Shakespeare is in the FiledBy army. So are Fitzgerald, Alexander Pope, Charlotte Brontë and lots of other dead authors who can't do a thing about their pages. The pages don't link to definitive biographical information or the public domain work made available on Project Gutenberg for free. And if there is no one charged with minding the literary heritage of an author who's shuffled off this mortal coil, who will polish the pages of our deceased literary greats? (Carolyn Kellogg)
Charlotte Brontë's page is here. Funnily enough, Emily Brontë is strangely listed as Emily Brontë Staff and Anne Brontë is nowhere to be seen.

The Minneapolis Examiner begins a series of articles on literary lodgings. In the first installment, Inn Boonsboro is recommended.

We are not alone commemorating Charlotte Brontë's death anniversary: the blogs Depokafé and The Literary Cemetery have marked the date as well. Other blogs review Brontë novels: Pile o' Books posts about Wuthering Heights, jarvismolinaqv writes about Villette and Precious Illusions discusses Jane Eyre in Portuguese with special attention to the 2006 miniseries.

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