The library is hosting a series of programs dedicated to Austen this September and October. Called Austen in Autumn, the event is designed to appeal to both dedicated Janeites and those who may not yet be familiar with the writer’s work and influence.
“What makes Austen different than almost any other writer is her continued impact,” said Amanda Densmore, the manager of MPL’s Reference Department. “Most people recognize Austen’s influence in Ang Lee’s Sense & Sensibility or BBC’s Pride & Prejudice or even that the movie Clueless is a remake of her novel, Emma. But when you read a Bridget Jones book or watch Friends, Austen’s influence is there too. If Austen didn’t invent the romantic-comedy genre, she’s still one of its greatest practitioners.”
|Pick up a copy of Jane Austen's Persuasion of any of Mentor Library's branches.|
Adults can also pick up a copy of Persuasion during MPL’s Austen in Autumn Kickoff Party on Thursday evening, Sept. 17, at Little Mountain Brewing Company. Little Mountain is even releasing a special beer for the event, Austentatious IPA.
The library will also host a series of book talks about Persuasion at its branches, as well as at Wildwood Cultural Center, Local Tavern and Redhawk Grill.
Additionally, Mentor Library has teamed with the Great Lakes Mall Atlas Cinemas in Mentor for free screenings of four films that all used Austen’s work as inspiration. Each of the screenings will begin at 7 p.m. on their respective Thursday and are open to everyone.
The films include Persuasion on Sept. 24, Clueless on Oct. 1, Sense and Sensibility on Oct. 8 and Bride and Prejudice on Oct. 15. The screenings are free because of a grant from the Mentor Arts Commission.
short-film contest along with Austen in Autumn. Anyone can submit a short film (no longer than five minutes) that has been influenced by Austen’s work. The winners of the contest will receive fun Austen-themed prizes, but all contestants can see their work on the big screen during the free screenings.
Meanwhile, Mentor Library will host several programs that illumine both Austen and the times in which she lived. Debra Jane Miller will perform as Austen on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the library. She'll talk about Austen's life and work as the writer herself saw it.
|Elizabeth and Jane Bennet (Katie Malish and Isabella Mastrey) spend some quiet time in Pride and Prejudice at Geauga Lyric Theater.|
There will be classes on silhouette art, candle making, and world history during Austen’s life; we're even hosting a special tea on Tuesday, Sept. 29—all of which will be free and open to the public.
That includes a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies party for teens on Oct. 12. Teens can practice their skulking and celebrate Halloween a little early when they party like the undead.
For more information on Austen in Autumn, visit www.mentorpl.org/austen.
|Zombies are invading Mentor Library as part of Austen in Autumn.|