Monday, June 1, 2015

Jane in June

Who doesn't love Jane Austen?!  The clothes, the manners, the memorable characters and, of course, the romance. So here at MCPL we are celebrating Jane this June!


Every Sunday Bethesda Library is the place to be for Jane fans. Be sure to stop by for these exciting Jane events!

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Jane In June—Jane at the Movies: Austen's Novels on the Screen
Sunday, June 7 at 2 p.m.
Just how accurate are those Jane Austen film adaptations from the 1990s and beyond? Alden O'Brien, Curator of Costume at the DAR Museum will discuss the design concepts of the movies!

The Regency Era and the Making of Modern Morality
Sunday, June 14 at 2 p.m.
Want to know what England was like during the Regency period? What was it like living under the rule of King George III and his son? How was the Regency different from the Victorian period? Find out from Mike Bevel, the facilitator of the Bethesda Library Classics in Context book discussion group.

Begrudgingly Yours: Jane Austen, the Prince Regent and Emma
Sunday, June 21 at 2 p.m.
Celebrate the 200th birthday of the publication of Emma! Austen begrudgingly dedicated this novel to the prince Regent—a man whom she, to put it mildly, despised. How did this happen? Learn more from Mike Bevel, the facilitator of the Bethesda Library Classics in Context book discussion group.

"The Prussians are in the Woods!"
Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m.
What was it like to be a soldier and sailor in the 18th and 19th centuries? How was England's ally Prussia important in the war with Napoleon? Learn all these exciting facts from Myron Peterson, Amateur Historian and Living History Reenactor!

Books and Movies

Pride & Prejudice word artHow else can you celebrate Jane in June? With books of course! It is amazing how an author with so few written works made such an impact and lasting legacy on literature. Of course, you can read her beloved writing in Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park. Did you know that she also wrote Northanger Abbey and Lady Susan? While maybe not as well known as her other works, Northanger Abbey it is worth reading and has the engaging character of Catherine whose excessive fondness for reading Gothic novels might be impacting her real life! Both Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published after Jane Austen's death in 1817 at the age of 41.

Want to know more about this amazing writer? Read one of our biographies to find out how Jane Austen became a writer and what influenced her. Like to explore and learn online about Austen?  Search for her in Biography in Context and Literature Resource Center.

Read all of Jane Austen's books but looking for something more? We've got a couple of options for you to choose from!

Looking for a story set during the same time period? Love shows like Downton Abbey with it's whole upstairs/downstairs drama? Longbourn by Jo Baker is the book for you. It's about what was happening downstairs while you were upstairs enjoying Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy! Love a good mystery but want more of the Pride and Prejudice characters you love? Read Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James. Can Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy solve a murder that has happened practically at their doorstep?

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Looking for something modern yet Austen like? Every Jane fan must read Austenland by Shannon Hale. The ultimate Jane fan gets a rare chance to go to an immersive Jane Austen theme park. This book will leave you wondering just why they haven't built this yet! Read to find out if the heroine is able to kick her Austen addiction or find her own Mr. Darcy. If you enjoy that novel be sure to read the sequel Midnight in Austenland. Just want your beloved Jane Austen novels updated to reflect modern times? Read Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope, Emma by Alexander McCall Smith, and Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid.

Looking for something Jane-esque but with more fantasy? Read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith as well as Sense and Sensiblity and Sea Monsters by Ben H. Winters.  Not into monsters? Try The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. This is the first book in a delightful Thursday Next series where a detective must stop literary crimes. In this world criminals are able to change works of literature forever. In this case, someone has stolen Jane Eyre from her own book. Poor Mr. Rocherster!

Don't forget to also celebrate Jane in June with movies! Be sure to watch all the Jane Austen movie adaptations of your favorite titles. It's a great way to see if the story and actors captured it the way you imagined it to be. Which actor portrayed Mr. Darcy the best? You decide!

Enjoy celebrating Jane in June with us!



  1. What about Fowler's "Jane Austen Book Club"?

    1. Yes, Karen Fowler's The Jane Austen Book Club is another favorite of mine!