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I’d love to hear your suggestions about a title for a new blog series celebrating Sense and Sensibility, please. Laurel Ann Nattress proposed “An Invitation to Mansfield Park for my 2014 series, Nora Bartlett gave me the title “Emma in the Snow” in 2015-16, and in 2018, Adam Q named “Youth and Experience: Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.” Please help save me from titles that are “very dull indeed,” such as the one I chose for Pride and Prejudice at 200”!

It will be wonderful to celebrate Sense and Sensibility and Jane Austen’s 250th birthday with all of you in 2025, and in the meantime, I’m looking forward to Jane’s 247th birthday next Friday, December 16th. I’m in Germany with my sister Bethie right now, and we’re thinking about celebrating the 247th at the Christmas Market in Bonn.

Earlier this week, there was snow in Bonn, which is rare in early December. It was lovely to see flowers for sale outside even on a snowy day.

Bonn in the snow:

We’ve been to the Christmas Market a couple of times already and we’re planning to go again. Do you have plans for celebrations on (or near) Jane’s 247th birthday?