Friday, January 04, 2013

From Bath to Haworth

Bath Chronicle is very happy that Ann Sumner be the new Brontë Parsonage Museum director:
A woman who was born in Bath is to take charge of a museum dedicated to the Brontë family.
Professor Ann Sumner has been appointed executive director of the Bronte Society.
She will be in charge of the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, West Yorkshire, which houses the largest collection of Brontë material in the world, as well as leading the literary society and promoting its contemporary arts programme. (...)
She said: 'I feel honoured and excited to be taking up my new role at the Parsonage in February, and returning to work in the beautiful county of West Yorkshire.
"As a lifelong Brontë enthusiast I could not be starting at a better time, with refurbishment of the Parsonage Museum coming up in early 2013 and planning for the bicentenary celebrations of Charlotte Brontë's birth in 2016."
The New York Times' Sunday Book Review interviews the author Francine Prose:
Do you prefer a book that makes you laugh or makes you cry? One that teaches you something or one that distracts you?
Distract me. I cry enough. Though some books I love — Mrs. Gaskell’s “Life of Charlotte Brontë,” Kosztolanyi’s “Skylark” — are almost unbearably sad.
The Atlantic suggests something that should be common sense. Technology is not a problem per se, it depends on how it is used:
And it's not wrong to say that Facebook wants us to do things. But if you stop talking to your cousins because it's easier to update Facebook than give them a call, it's not right to say that Facebook made you do that. If you stop reading novels because you find Twitter more compelling, it's not correct to say that Twitter made you do that. Maybe you like real-time news more than the Brontë sisters, no matter what your better conception of yourself might say. (Alexis C. Madrigal)
The Saratogian summarises the local theatre year. We hope that the rest of the article is more trustworthy than this:
Capital Repertory Theatre struck gold with “Pride@Prejudice,” a modern deconstruction of the Emily Brontë classic. It was irreverent fun that captured the heart of the novel while making the tale accessible to audiences of all ages. (Bob Goepfert)
Emily Brontë writing Pride and Prejudice? It's like Quentin Tarantino directing The Sound of Music (and we love Austen, Brontë, Tarantino and Rodgers and Hammerstein, just for the record).

The Flintshire Chronicle does the same thing, summarising the local theatrical year:
Other on-stage highlights during 2012 have included We Are Three Sisters by Blake Morrison, about the Brontë sisters, while 2013 offers such attractions as Safari Party by Tim Firth, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Lettice and Lovage by Peter Shaffer. (Michael Green)
The Gloss explains the story of a troubled teenager with anger management problems:
As the daughter of a librarian who values books higher than just about anybody I know, I learned to read pretty early on and absolutely loved doing so. I would try to read anything I could get my hands on, even attempting Jane Eyre in the third grade (I gave up after three pages during which I referenced the dictionary for every sentence). (Samantha Escobar)
The Book Finder posts about Jane Eyre, a novel that Dancing Through my Thoughts is reading; The McScribble Salon publishes an excerpt from Michelle Carter's Charlotte Brontë's Thunder; Recensione-Libretto (in Polish) reviews The Professor;  Melinda Belle Harrison posts about Wuthering Heights; The Readingista proposes an Eyre reading challenge for 2013; Ciao Bella reviews Wish You Were Eyre.

Finally, DC Metro Theater Arts announces two interesting things about Dizzie Miss Lizzie's The Brontës revue: a free performance in Washington D.C. and the announce of a release of an original cast recording:
SPECIAL ONE NIGHT PERFORMANCE OF
THE BRONTËS!
KENNEDY CENTER MILLENNIUM STAGE
THEATRE LAB
MONDAY JANUARY 7TH, 2013
6:00 P.M.
Dear Fans, Friends and Family of Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue! (...)
DMLRR is in the process of recording The Brontës, with all of the original cast members. CD’s will be available for purchase soon. We will keep you posted with details!

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