Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Write Thing

“…his reading was capital, and her pleasure in good reading extreme.”
Mansfield Park ch. 34

Jane Austen well understood the power of reading aloud. Reading aloud was a favorite activity in her family. This year Medaille College is offering an exciting reading experience with an Austen connection. 

The Write Thing Reading Series begins on Tuesday, September 15 featuring Bella Poynton. Her science fiction play Speed Of Light can be seen in Buffalo at Road Less Traveled Theater from September 11-October 4. Readings from the play will be presented by the author and several actors. 

Jane Austen fans will especially appreciate the next two events in the series. Jack Wang, the co-creator of the Cozy Classics series of children’s board book series, headlines a reading on October 15. The Cozy Classics series includes Pride and Prejudice and Emma in its list of titles. Local JASNA members will remember that Jack spoke to our group about the production of Cozy Classics and won our hearts with the little felt figures. )

Next up is Amanda Jacobs on Thursday November 19. Amanda has always been a local favorite and now she is a national favorite with her work on Pride and Prejudice, A Musical. She has been a JASNA International visiting scholar. Last year she spoke to us about that project which was all about composing music for Jane Austen related prayers. The musical interludes left us wishing for more. )

The reading program continues in the spring semester with the author Ted Pelton on Thursday February 25 and the poet Christopher Deweese on April 7. Finally, the program wraps up on April 28 with an open mic event. So sharpen your pencils and prepare to step up to the mic and read.

The Write Thing Reading Series promises to be a lively and engaging program. It’s free and open to the public. Events are on the 4th floor of the main building at Medaille College. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information and directions see the event website at :

This should definitely take some of the chill off the winter.

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