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Authors Talk
Caroline and Charles Todd 
Friday, February 16 at 3:00 P.M. 

Charles Todd is a pen name used by the American authors Caroline and Charles Todd. This mother-and-son writing team lives in the eastern United States.

The authors are best known for a series of novels, set in post World War I England. The books deal with the cases of Inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the European campaigns who is attempting to pick up the pieces of his Scotland Yard career. However, he must keep his greatest burden a secret: suffering from shell shock, he lives with the constant, cynical, taunting voice of Hamish MacLeod, a young Scots soldier he was forced to execute on the battlefield for refusing an order.

They are also the authors of a series about Bess Crawford, a nurse serving in France during World War I.


Monday, February 26, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Jane Austen Still Has Great Advice for Us Today

A Conversation with Kathleen Anderson. 

Dr. Kathleen Anderson is a Professor of English at Palm Beach Atlantic University, where she has taught since 1996 and received the Corts Award for Outstanding Teaching. Her over twenty published essays, some co-authored with students, have appeared in such journals as Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, European Romantic Review, Victorian PoetryPersuasions: The Jane Austen Journal, Persuasions On-Line, Renascence, Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature, and The Gaskell Journal. Anderson was selected as the Jane Austen Scholar-in-Residence at Goucher College for 2015-2016. Her popular nonfiction has appeared in such diverse venues as The Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Commonweal, and Teen Magazine. She and colleague Dr. Susan Jones co-authored the whimsical book, Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift (Berkley Books, 2013).  Anderson’s scholarly book, Understanding Jane Austen’s Women: An Introduction, is forthcoming from SUNY Press.    

Susan Jones

Monday, March 26, 2018
4:30 p.m.
A Conversation with Susan Jones 
Did You Know:  Florida Mystery Fiction and Writers 

Professor of English 
Associate Dean, Arts and Humanities

B.A., University of New Hampshire; M.A., Stetson University; Ph.D., University of Florida.

Dr. Jones has taught at PBA since 1998. 
She is a member of and/or affiliated with the Modern Language Association, the Hagiography Society, DISTAFF research group, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). As co-coordinator of the South Florida Chapter of JASNA, she has led local meetings focused on Austen’s works and presented papers on Austen at Annual General Meetings of JASNA as well as publishing in Persuasions, the journal of the Jane Austen society. Her general areas of focus are Renaissance and Medieval British Literature, especially Shakespeare, but her research interests are wide-ranging and have included cultural studies in modern topics such as thrift and the second hand in literature.  She is co-author of Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift: An Independent Woman’s Advice on Living Within One’s Means. She has an active interest in Florida writing, both in critical aspects of Florida authors and in creative works with Florida settings. She is currently conducting research on medieval mystics and saints and representations of the Church in the writings of seventeenth-century Anglican clergy and lay people.