Jane Austen Book Club Meets June 9th

The JA Book Club meets on June 9th at 5:00 (summer hours) in the MacIntyre Room in the Carnegie Building.  We will be discussing our favorite Jane Austen Fanfiction - that huge body of sequels, continuances, parodies and homages that have arisen around our favorite author's work.  We will serve tea and cakes as usual, providing physical as well as intellectual nourishment.

Congratulations to Sara Calkins, one of our founding members, on receiving the distinction of National Merit Scholar.  We're very proud of you.  See you all at our next meeting!


Movie Review - Eastern Promises

This movie is for Adults only - Rated R for violence, sex and language.  That said - it was an amazing movie. 

I  finally watched this movie and was blown away by Viggo Mortenson's performance. I had heard him on Fresh Aire, talking about how he prepared for the role. He was astounding - his character is a Russion ex-con working for the Russian mob in London. The difference between Viggo in the role and Viggo in the DVD extras was amazing - and it was all nuances of facial expression, bearing, posture.

DVD's - Upcoming & Current Releases 4/28/08

DVD's - Upcoming & Current Releases

April 28, 2008                                                          Jane M. DeBano

Jane Austen Book Club and Tea

We had a great meeting this week of the Jane Austen Book Club.  Thanks go to English native Mary Wyatt, who made delicious salmon and cucumber sandwiches and Jean Davis who provided the food.  Mary regaled us with stories about England and her memories of English teatimes.  We had 10 people join us for the tea and also the discussion of Mansfield Park.  We also had two different versions of MP running on video.

Movie Review

          Over the week-end, I watched The Holiday, with Camron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Jude Law and Eli Wallach.  It is a story about two young women with man problems (it is a romantic comedy after all) one in Los Angeles, the other in Surrey England, who swap houses for the Christmas Holiday.  According to Yahoo Movie reviews the critics gave it a C+, the viewers gave it a B.  I would give it
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