CANCELLED – Tuesday Talk – “Literary Conversations: Austen, Bronte & Alcott”

August 11, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
$20 at Ventfort, $20 plus ticket fee for Zoom


Bestselling audiobook narrators Alison Larkin & Anne Undeland will present here at the mansion “Literary Conversations: Austen, Bronte & Alcott” on Tuesday, August 11 at 4:00 pm.  Their presentation is part of Ventfort Hall’s summer 2020 series of Tuesday Talks.

What if Jane Austen (1775-1817), Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) and Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) were to meet? Where would the conversation between three of the 19th century’s most acclaimed female authors lead? Why did none of them marry?  Larkin and Undeland will take on what might have been a transatlantic discussion on these and other subjects, including marriage, love and womanhood and what it was like to record the works of these three towering authors.  The duo’s conversations came about while researching background for their audiobook narrations of novels by these authors. Join Larkin and Undeland for a unique hour of witty repartee and readings from the novels.

Larkin is not only an award-winning audiobook narrator, but also a comedienne, writer, novelist and founder of Alison Larkin Presents, based in the Berkshires. As such, she is dedicated to bringing out the fun in the classics. Within four years, her audiobook productions have won ten AudioFile Earphone awards for excellence.  Recent releases read by her include The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Audiobooks from Alison Larkin Presents including Jane Eyre, Little Women and The Secret Garden will be on sale after the presentation or by downloading

Larkin’s own novel The English American grew out of her autobiographical one-woman show about an adopted English woman who finds her birth parents in the US.  She appeared on Broadway with the National Theater and Royal Shakespeare Company.  Her many accents and voices can be heard in television cartoons and movies and over 200 audiobooks.

As an actress Undeland remains a Ventfort Hall favorite, having appeared there in such one-woman shows as Paris 1890 – Unlaced, in which she originated and portrayed five different women, Xingu, again originating five different characters, as well as The Belle of Amherst and Fanny Kemble’s Lenox Address. These were plays produced in collaboration with Shakespeare & Company, where Undeland trained as an actress.

She has also appeared on stages in and around the Northeast for over 25 years, including WAM Theatre, Great Barrington Public Theatre, Barrington Stage, Off-Broadway at the United Solo Theatre Festival and Mixed Company. She played roles in productions for BBC radio and WBUR/Boston. She has appeared in her own play Lady Randy, the story of Jenny Jerome, mother of Sir Winston Churchill. Her audiobook narration of Little Women Parts 1 and 2 received high critical acclaim and has become an international bestseller.

CANCELLED – Tickets for the Larkin/Undeland presentation are $20 per person.

To attend their presentation in person at Ventfort Hall reservations are strongly recommended as seating is strictly limited. For reservations to attend at the mansion call us at 413-637-3206.  The museum’s traditional Victorian teas cannot be served until further notice due to the Corona virus.

The summer 2020 series of Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.