Home is where the art is: A parlour reading at your house.
“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”
–Emma, Jane Austen
One of the things I love about the Regency era is the amount of entertaining people did at home. Balls, music, and parlour readings. This fall, I want to give that a try and go tour to parlours or living rooms, or back patio. The idea is to do art in the home.
So what will the event be? As a foundation, you’ll have me reading from my book — in costume, if you’d like — and a tiny little puppet show. If your guests are interested, we might dance or just chat. Maybe one of your guests plays the piano? Perhaps we’ll play a parlour game or learn to write with a quill. The exact way the event unfolds will vary from home to home.
The point is to spend some time in convivial society. As Jane Austen wrote, “My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.” You have brilliant friends, right? I want to meet them.
If you are interested in gathering your friends for a little soirée in your own home, head over to my Togather page or email [email protected] to propose an event. The folks at Togather will help sort out the details and assist you in planning an engaging event. Hosts will receive a signed manuscript of my next book.
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