Promising to start "literally" with a bang at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday (yes, there will be an explosion), the Hugo House's marathon celebration of the Brontë sisters spends all day reveling in Yorkshire splendour. Participants can hear a 15-hour reading of Jane Eyre, compete in the madwoman-in-the-attic scream contest, take a walk on the moors, sip weak tea and eat thin gruel, make tiny books, watch puppets and videos of Wuthering Heights, admire Victorian costumes, and listen to bands put Brontë poetry to music. Modeled on last year's eminently successful Stein-a-thon, a tribute to Gertrude Stein, the Brontë-Saurus occurs in the same month that Emily, Charlotte, and Anne first published poetry--under the names Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell--in 1846. Gothic, dramatic individualists, the Brontës left a remarkable volume of work despite being pestered by tuberculosis, alcoholism, and societal sexism. So lace up your tall boots, smudge dark circles under your eyes, and head to the garret at the Hugo House.

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Sat May 15 9 am-12 mid, free

Hugo House, 1634-11th Ave, 322-7030