WRL hosts month-long tribute to Jane Austen

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Jane Austen
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She had an eye for satire and a flair for happy endings, especially of the matrimonial sort.

She has legions of fans, sometimes known as Janeites.

Her novels have been adapted for the small and big screens, starring everyone from Colin Firth and Dan Stevens to Gwyneth Paltrow.

Now the author and her work are the subject of a free month-long tribute at the Williamsburg Regional Library, fittingly known as “JANEuary,” according to a release.

She’s Jane Austen, of course. If you’re a fan of her writing, the movies it inspired or the Regency era she chronicled, pull out a quill pen and take note.

•Every Thursday, an Austen-based film will screen at 2 p.m. in the Williamsburg Library Theatre. The series starts with “Persuasion” on Jan. 5, followed by “Love & Friendship” on Jan. 12, “Austenland” on Jan. 19 and “Sense & Sensibility” on Jan. 26.

•There will be lectures after two of the films. At 4 p.m. on Jan. 5, after “Persuasion,”  William & Mary English Professor Kim Wheatley will discuss the difficulties in adapting Austen’s work for the screen. And at 4 p.m. on Jan. 19, after “Austenland,” Sarah Glosson, an Austen scholar, will talk about Austen’s contemporary fans.

The library will also host an afternoon of Austen-themed entertainment on Jan. 29, from 1-5 p.m., featuring lectures, an Austen trivia contest, period dance, Austen-themed crafts and an Austen fan survey. The event, dubbed Austravaganza, is open to those who are old enough to appreciate her work, according to the release. The lineup will include:

•A talk by Amy Stallings, regional coordinator for the local chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America, contrasting Austen’s actual life to how her life has been portrayed in films.

•A lecture about sewing and dressmaking in Austen’s era by Janea Whitacre of Colonial Williamsburg.

•A discussion about the custom of tea in Austen’s day by Kenneth Roberts of Discover Teas, followed by a complimentary cup of tea.

For a complete schedule, visit the library’s website.