Anthology Authors Late at Night
Late night meeting of authors who all have stories in Random House's forthcoming anthology of Jane-related fiction. Left to right: me, Laurie Viera Rigler, editor Laurel Ann Nattress, Maggie Sullivan, Stephanie Barron, Syrie James. But that's starting the story of this event-packed day at the end. The day properly began with a visit to Voodoo Doughnuts.
Jane at Voodoo Doughnuts
Having been told on all sides that Voodoo Doughnuts were an important Portland experience, Jane and I walked to this iconic little shop (the neighborhood was somewhat seedy area, but the doughnuts were glazed) and gamely waited on a long line.
A line for doughnuts
Worth the wait
"Keep Portland Weird"? I can do that...
Then on to the conference. It began with a delightful panel organized by Maggie Sullivan, "Team Tilney Explains it All." Below, a very well-spoken, polished, confident Mr. Tilney taking his bow.
Mr. Tilney's impassioned speech
A large crowd of Janeites
After Team Tilney, Stephanie Barron, the popular mystery writer, was plenary speaker, addressing an enthusiastic crowd of over 600. Breakout sessions followed.
With Ellen Moody
I introduced my long-time friend Ellen Moody at her talk, "People that Marry can never Part: Real and Romantic Gothicism in Northanger Abbey." (That's her daughter Isobel in the background.) After that I attended Miriam Rheingold Fuller's talk on the Domestic Gothic. During the lunch hour we did a lot: went to the Portland Library to see an exhibit of early 18th century books and Gilray prints, with a stop at a very up-market Goodwill! (Took some cute pictures there, but they don't seem to upload...so try again later.) Lunch was outstanding, at a Lebanese restaurant, Habiba.
Found the thrift shop picture...
Exhibit at Portland Library
Highly recommended Habiba
Dancers at the Portland Art Museum
Next was an exhibition of country dancing at the Portland Art Museum, and we nipped into the museum itself for a glimpse at the European and American paintings. Here are a few things that caught my eye.
Interesting looking American man, @1900
Poor French family, @1850
Roman and middle eastern glass
An early Frangonard
A late, ideal Boucher
Last but not least was the late evening get together of my fellow Austen anthology authors, at which the literary gossip was so delicious and high powered, my lips must be sealed. (Well, they are anyway, because I'm now sleeping, exhausted after such a busy day!)