Getting local with Jane

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Lots of local book groups and events going on right now, many (but not all!) in connection with The Complete Jane Austen.

In northeastern Pennsylvania, Wyoming County Reads will have several events, including a discussion of Pride and Prejudice (the library is giving away free copies? Or do they mean you borrow it from the library for free? Not sure), several lectures, country dancing lessons, and a screening and discussion of P&P05 at the Dietrich Theater.

We previously posted about “Jane-uary” at Kansas City Public Library; not to be left out, Manhattan (Kansas) Public Library also is having a Jane Austen Festival (PDF), with book discussions, lectures, and a film festival.

In St. Petersburg, Florida, the St. Pete Beach Public Library is starting a discussion group that will read and discuss each of Jane Austen’s novels between January and June 2008. Sense and Sensibility is up first, with discussions starting on January 31.

All the local fun is not confined to the U.S., either–Warminster Library in Wiltshire has declared Jane Austen the Author of the Month for February.

Books in standard and large print, audio books and film and television DVDs sourced from across the county will be displayed in the library from February 4.

Perhaps the local fishwrap will even learn that Jane Austen’s wasn’t Victorian. 😉