Vermont Region
Writing Second Impressions
December 2, 2012

Sandy Lerner
Sandy Lerner, © 2013 Paul Hansen

On Sunday December 2, 2012, the Vermont Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America will celebrate Jane Austen’s Birthday with our Annual Afternoon Tea!  We are honored to welcome Sandy Lerner, a.k.a. Ava Farmer, as she speaks on: “Writing Second Impressions,” the first historically and socially accurate sequel to Pride and Prejudice, wherein we are made privy to the afterlives of many of our most favorite Austen characters!

Sandy Lerner, co-founder of Cisco Systems, founder of Urban Decay Cosmetics, founder of the Ayrshire Farm in Virginia, and, most dear to us, is also the founder and moving force behind the Chawton House Library.  She is now Chairman of Trustees, Chawton House Library and the Centre for the Study of Early English Women’s Writing, a place for research and camaraderie for scholars from all over the world.  What better place than the former home of Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen-Knight to study Austen and her literary antecedents and contemporaries!

Second Impressions

Lerner’s book Second Impressions, written under the nom de plume of Ava Farmer, is set 10 years after the action in Pride and Prejudice, and explores the changes to the Darcy family’s lives, to Europe post-Napoleon, and to life in late Regency England, all as homage to Jane Austen, written in her “stile,” and with a fascinating yet credible plot.  So let’s step into Lerner’s world to discover such things as: What do Darcy and Elizabeth do all day at Pemberley?  Is Lady Catherine a welcome and constant visitor?  Are the Wickhams reformed?  And what becomes of England’s most eligible female Georgiana Darcy?  And Anne de Bourgh?  And dare we ask about Mr. and Mrs. Collins?!

Second Impressions will be available for purchase and signing, all proceeds to benefit Chawton House Library.  During the Tea we shall engage in Playing Word Games with Jane Austen, a most suitable and refined entertainment for a wintry afternoon!  Regency dress or Afternoon Tea finery is encouraged!


The event will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2012, from 2 PM to 5 PM at the Hauke Center, Champlain College, Burlington VT.

Pre-registration is required; please register by November 23, 2012.  Details such as the cost and registration form are available at Vermont Region website.  Questions?  Contact or call 802-343-2294.

—Deb Barnum