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Wednesday, April 20, 10.30am: Hartshead Church.In Bradford:
Wreath laying and Brontë Archive display in remembrance of Patrick Brontë who was Minister at the time of the Luddite uprisings. Charlotte’s eldest sister, Maria was baptised at the church.
Wednesday, April 20, 7.30pm: Hartshead Church. the first annual meeting of The Friends of Hartshead Church, including a presentation by the Rev Richard Burge. (Morley Observer & Advertiser)
University of BradfordIn Newry, County Down:
Brontë 200: Free Jane Eyre eBook
Date and Time: Wed 20 Apr 2016
To celebrate Charlotte Bronte's 200th birthday the University is re-launching her novel Jane Eyre as an eBook.
The relaunched version of this book will feature a new foreword highlighting the diversity themes and celebrating this strong woman in litrature. Jane Eyre is a novel that many consider ahead of its time given the individualistic character of Jane and the novel’s exploration of classism, sexuality, religion and feminism.
The Brontë Parsonage will be in the Atrium from 11.00 to answer any questions about the Brontës and their impact on Bradford and the surrounding area.
The book will be available from the 20 April 2016. To access your free copy, please email Martin.Kelly@blackwell.co.uk.
Newry City LibraryIn Minneapolis, MN:
The Brontës' Irish Connections - A Talk by Jason Diamond
The 21st April 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of writing’s most famous authors; Charlotte Brontë. Charlotte and her five siblings were all born in England, but what many people don’t realise is that the origins of the Brontë family were well and truly rooted in Ireland, north and south.
Thanks to the writer, J A Erskine Stuart, we have an account of the family’s Irish origins as Stuart came to the area whilst doing research for a book he was writing entitled “The Brontë Country” in 1888. During his researches, he paid a visit to Patrick’s youngest sister, eventually furnishing an article for the local “Banbridge Household Almanac” about his visit to the Brontë Country.
To relate this history of Patrick and his early years, Mr Jason Diamond, tourist information officer with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, will be speaking about Patrick and about the council owned Brontë Interpretative Centre housed in the old Drumballroney church and schoolhouse where Patrick once taught.
Magers And Quinn Booksellers
Wednesday, April 20, 7:00pm
Michelle Hoover reads from Bottomland with Patricia Park reading from Re Jane
About Patricia Park's Re Jane:
For Jane Re, half-Korean, half-American orphan, Flushing, Queens, is the place she’s been trying to escape from her whole life. Sardonic yet vulnerable, Jane toils, unappreciated, in her strict uncle’s grocery store and politely observes the traditional principle of nunchi (a combination of good manners, hierarchy, and obligation). Desperate for a new life, she’s thrilled to become the au pair for the Mazer-Farleys, two Brooklyn English professors and their adopted Chinese daughter. Inducted into the world of organic food co-ops and nineteenth–century novels, Jane is the recipient of Beth Mazer’s feminist lectures and Ed Farley’s very male attention. But when a family death interrupts Jane and Ed’s blossoming affair, she flies off to Seoul, leaving New York far behind.
Journeying from Queens to Brooklyn to Seoul, and back, this is a fresh, contemporary retelling of Jane Eyre and a poignant Korean American debut.