Mount Dora prepares to celebrate the life and legacy of author Jane Austen

MOUNT DORA, Fla. – For the first time in Central Florida, the Jane Austen Fest arrives in Mount Dora for a three day activity-filled event.

“It’s going to be a different kind of festival that people are generally used to in Mount Dora,” Margaret Anderson said.

Anderson, a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, is honoring the author by organizing the event in the quaint central Florida city known for its history and festivals.

"This is a cultural, educational, historic kind of festival and we will be bringing in speakers," Anderson said. "There's a Bonnet making class for example, all of the workshops are geared toward the Regency era.".

Austen who died more than 200 years ago has millions of followers. Born in England 1775, Austen was known for her social commentary in novels like Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Emma.

“I really think that she’s a really clear role model for women today,” Anderson said. “She wrote about women and she could’ve been writing about women today-- many of them are very strong-willed women, some of them had careers, Jane Austen, herself had a career, she was a working woman which is amazing for a woman in that era.”...

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