Jane in July: Celebrating the Life and Works of Jane Austen

July 1, 2017

Jane Austen (1775-1817) is one of the most influential English authors in the world. The Boyle County Public Library will celebrate her life and works with a series of programs during the month of July 2017 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of her death.

Austen's six published novels set in early 19th-century England have served as a model for later romance stories and have spawned countless stage adaptations including musicals, films, and television shows. Translated into multiple languages, her particular viewpoints on life, love, and relationships cross cultural boundaries and highlight the difficulties of women achieving independence in society.

"Jane in July" programs include a 4-week Austen-inspired film series held on Thursday evenings. On Sunday, July 9th at 3:00 p.m., the Library will host "Tea with Jane and Friends," featuring tea provided by Elmwood Inn Fine Teas, refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library, and period costumes courtesy of West T. Hill Community Theater. This event will also include a presentation of Emily Clark's painting depicting Jane Austen's tomb in Winchester Cathedral. In addition to these events, a book discussion of Pride and Prejudice will be held on Sunday, July 16th at 3:00 p.m.

"Jane in July" brochures, which offer detailed information about each event, are available at the Library and at various locations around town.