Jane Austen Society of North America, Southwest Region
200 Years of Persuasion
September 8, 2018
Pasadena Public Library
Donald Wright Auditorium
Collins Hemingway is a modern technologist and a student of history who lectures and writes about the life and times of Jane Austen. With degrees in English literature and a minor in science, he has had a career in which the two fields constantly intersect. His work with computers in newspapers led him into technical fields and an eventual technical marketing career at Microsoft. His writing background led him to co-author five nonfiction books on business and technology, including the top-selling book Business @ the Speed of Thought, with Microsoft’s Bill Gates. Hemingway also has published articles in Austen academic and trade publications as well as literary fiction based on Austen’s life. He has spoken at Austen societies, book clubs, libraries and universities in the U.S., England and Australia. His shorter nonfiction includes computer technology, medicine, aviation and award-winning journalism. He has spent the last 11 years researching the broad social, political, military and scientific history of the Regency era along with Austen’s own life and works. His historical fiction trilogy, The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen, uses Austen’s life to provide a thoughtful, in-depth look at life for women in the early 1800s. Readers have called the series “a magical tale,” “one of the best love stories I have read in a long time” and “wickedly clever!” Critics have described the story as “an imaginative journey of the soul.” He is a lifetime member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and a member of JASNA’s Southern Oregon Region and Oregon-Southwest Washington Region, the Jane Austen Society (UK), the Jane Austen Society of Australia and North American Friends of Chawton House Library. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Phi Beta Kappa, Hemingway holds a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Oregon and numerous computer and aviation certifications.
Lynda A. Hall is associate professor of English at Chapman University in Orange, Calif. She earned her PhD at Claremont Graduate University. Her research is in 19th century British literature: Jane Austen, the English Gothic novel, and the interaction of terror, traumatic memory and literature. She recently served as a traveling lecturer for JASNA, and has made several presentations at national and internationals conferences. Her first book, Women and‘Value’ in Jane Austen’s Novels: Settlers, Speculators, and Superfluity (Palgrave Macmillan) was published in spring 2017, and she has published papers in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Persuasions and Eighteenth Century Novel. She is currently working on a chapter for the MLA teaching series about Persuasion, as well as a chapter for a book on Jane Austen and William Shakespeare. She has been a JASNA member since 1987.
Erika Kotite is a home and lifestyle expert and the author of She Sheds: A Room of Your Own (Cool Springs Press). Her second book, She Shed Style, is scheduled for publication in fall 2018. The former editor of Romantic Homes and Victorian Homes, Erika became a partner in a book-packaging company, editing and developing books within the arts, textile and crafting sectors. Some of these books include Blogging for Bliss, Photo Album Quilts, Felt Fashion, The Daily Book of Classical Music and The Daily Book of Photography. Kotite and her husband have restored and remodeled several of their historic homes through the years, including a 1920s Los Angeles Tudor, a 1938 fishing shack in Marin County and an 18th century general store/post office in Lambertville, NJ. She is particularly interested in historic outbuildings and how these structures served as both protection and as adjunct housing. She has been a JASNA member since 1990.