The Ninth Annual Jane Austen Literary Festival

will be held on March 19 & 20, 2016

sponsored by: The Jane Austen Foundation of Louisiana

Jane Austen in Blue Dress

The Jane Austen Literary Festival is put on by a group of volunteers who strive to uphold the standards which would make Jane proud. We also have many obligations including families, jobs and careers, and we do the best we can for the festival. As novelist Jane Austen said, “a person who can write a letter with ease, cannot write ill.”

And that adage of wisdom was never so obvious as in 2008 during the “Perfect Love Letter” writing competition that was a highlight of Old Mandeville’s first ever Jane Austen Festival; no ill thoughts in the many letters submitted but only expressions of love for persons, places or things, real or imagined.

The Perfect Love Letter competition will return along with scores of other activities when the ninth annual Jane Austen Literary Festival unfolds on March 19 & 20, 2016, in Old Mandeville, sponsored by The Jane Austen Foundation of Louisiana, Inc., a nonprofit corporation.

Click here for a schedule of activities.

As the legendary Austen, hailed as one of the greatest novelists in the history of the English language, put it during the English Regency Era in which she lived, “there is no charm equal to the tenderness of the heart.”

That, says Jane Austen Festival co-founder Kerri Blache, is the core concept behind the “Perfect Love Letter” contest.  Indeed, the mission of the festival in Mandeville is “to foster the fine art of letter writing” which will always be treasured by the recipient and future generations.

Details on the ever-popular Perfect Love Letter Writing Contest will be forthcoming.

But there is more to this colorful festival than the quiet, solitary, serene art of love letter writing.

There is an equally popular time to strut your stuff in the most elegant of Regency-Victorian era English attire by entering the Looking for Mr. Darcy reading contest and No Plain Janes costume competition. All festival goers are strongly encouraged to costume the entire weekend.

Book focus for this year is: Emma. Read up!

President: Kerri Blache
Vice-President: Richard Boyd
Treasurer:Kim Goodale
Board Members: Denelle Cowart; Clay Madden; Ann Calvert; Jeff Lyons; Kerrie Ann Frey; Melody Swang; Cassandra Vaughn and Jeff Lyons

Co-Founders: Danna Acker; Kerri Blache; Richard Boyd

For more information contact us at:

Purchase tickets to Sunday’s events and Emma’s Ball via PayPal by clicking the button below! Please bring print out receipt (your name will also be listed at check-in). Advance payment can be made by check, please deliver by Friday to Das Schulerhaus Gift Gallery, 611 Girod St. Advance payment guarantees seat!

Sunday’s events and Emma’s Ball


As a Patron, you can help The Jane Austen Foundation of Louisiana with their mission to foster the fine art of letter writing. Your support will help with future plans of letter writing workshops, dramatic readings of Austen’s works, demonstrations of arts, crafts, dance and culture of her day!

We are now accepting online donations. You can donate online or mail in your donation. If you are interested in finding out more, please see the “Become a Patron” page on this website for more information.

Thank you for your support!


Special Thanks to Sponsors & Silent Auction Participants: The Barley Oak; The Beach House; Das Schulerhaus Gift Gallery & Christmas Boutique; Tess Dennie, Realtor – Latter & Blum; Doggie Divas Walking Service, LLC; Karla Glynn – Edward Jones Investments; Harrison & Richardson Legal Services; KGees Restaurant & Oyster Bar; Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts; McClain’s Pizzeria; Mandeville Animal Hospital; NOLA Lending; Old Rail Brewing Company; Opal Basil on the Trace; Pontchartrain Yacht Club; The Rusty Pelican; Salon Capello; The Scott’s Coffee & Tapas Bar; Shiver Shack; Vianne’s Tea House

The Lakehouse Restaurant


The Louisiane Vintage Dancers/Northshore Vintage Dancers

Mandeville Trailhead Cultural and Interpretive Center

New Orleans Celtic Harp Ensemble

Northshore Literary Society

Northshore To Do

The North Star Theatre

Old Mandeville Business Association

Pontchartrain Yacht Club

St. Tammany Parish Library



Thanks to Saia’s Market

Vianne’s Tea House

WWNO Radio


Thank you to our individual contributors:
Denelle Cowart; Melody D. Swang;


“Expect a most agreeable letter, for not being overburdened with subject (having nothing at all to say), I shall have no check to my genius from beginning to end.”
- Letter of January 21, 1801