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Monday, May 28

Free Jane Austen Book Fair and Author Reading, Bethesda, MD on June 9th

Author Readings and Book Sale to Celebrate Jane Austen 

Seven authors of modern works inspired by Jane Austen’s classic novels will read, discuss, and sign their books at a Book Fair sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) - DC Metropolitan Region, on June 9.

Five of the authors are from DC/MD/VA. Highlighted works of nonfiction include Jane Austen: A Life Revealed, by award-winning biographer Catherine Reef; The Jane Austen Guide to Life: Thoughtful Lessons for the Modern Woman, by Lori Smith; and The Jane Austen Handbook: A Sensible Yet Elegant Guide to Her World, by Margaret C. Sullivan. On the fiction side, the authors’ styles and settings are diverse: Ava Farmer’s Second Impressions continues Austen’s plots and uses her language; Amy Corwin’s A Rose Before Dying combines mystery and romance in a Regency setting; Janet Mullany’s Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion takes a paranormal turn, and Diana Peterfreund’s For Darkness Shows the Stars sets an Austen plot in a postapocalyptic future.

Immediately following the author discussions, the used book sale will open, offering biographies, literary criticism, collectible editions of Austen’s novels, and British history, culture, and travel books, as well as fiction by Austen’s contemporaries and modern authors writing in the Austen spirit.

 The Book Fair is free and open to the public. It will take place on Saturday, June 9, from 1 to 4 pm at Walt Whitman High School, 7100 Whittier Blvd., Bethesda, MD. (This activity is not sponsored by, associated with, or endorsed by Montgomery County Public Schools or Montgomery County Government.)

 Information is available online at or by calling (301) 926-3117. JASNA is dedicated to the appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing. JASNA is a nonprofit organization, with approximately 4,000 members (more than 350 in DC/MD/VA), of all ages and from diverse walks of life. The local chapter sponsors lectures, tours, discussions, and social events throughout the year. The national website is


Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this! We look forward to welcoming many fans of Austen and of our wonderful modern authors. (Linda, JASNA-DC)

Jennifer Ann Fox said...

Just found your blog and love it!

Feathers in the Nest

P.S. I love Jane Austen

Emma said...

Thought you might enjoy this Jane Austen song:


Ελλάδα said...

Persuasion is one of my favorite books -- and probably my favorite Austen, though I go back and forth between this and Pride and Prejudice. P&P is more sparkling and witty; Persuasion feels more mature. Definitely a book to read over and over. And the letter from Captain Wentworth to Anne(you'll know what I'm talking about when you get there!) is the best-written letter in fiction.