A public lecture to be delivered at 5:30 pm on Thursday 28 February in Archway 3 Lecture Theatre, Central Campus, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ.
Sandy Lerner co-founded Cisco Systems before leaving in 1990. Since then she has pursued her passion for Jane Austen as a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America and founder of the Stanford Jane Austen Society (1984). In 1992 Lerner purchased and refurbished Chawton House, a 300-acre manor house and farm dating back to the 1580s in Hampshire, England.
Formerly the estate of Jane Austen’s brother Edward, the property is now Chawton House Library, containing the Centre for the Study of Early English Women’s Writing. This is a non-profit resource, comprising a collection of more than 7,000 books.
The Chawton House Library is anchored by Lerner’s donated private collection.
Under the nom de plume Ava Farmer, Sandy Lerner is also the author of Second Impressions, a continuation of all the Austen novels. Published as the first book from Chawton House Press, it draws its history from novels, maps, and other volumes from the Chawton House Library.
She is visiting Australia and New Zealand to give talks and to launch Second Impressions in this Pride and Prejudice bicentenary year.
Her book will be available for $32 at the venue (cash only) and the author will gladly sign it for you. All profits from Second Impressions go to Chawton House Library.
The Library is a registered charity reliant on sponsors. To learn more, visit their website www.chawton.org and click on ‘Get Involved’.