Celebrate Jane Austen this July at your library

Jane Austen was born December 16, 1775, in Steventon, England. She was an English novelist who crafted narratives with social and psychological insight and has found an enthusiastic contemporary audience. She wrote three novels during 1795-1798: "Pride and Prejudice" (published 1813), "Sense and Sensibility" (1811), and "Northanger Abbey" (1817). She stopped writing for a time because she was discouraged by her inability to find a publisher. Once she was published in 1811, she had another productive period with three more novels: "Mansfield Park" (1814), "Emma" (1815) and "Persuasion" (1817). Austen died July 18, 1817, in Winchester, England.

Minneapolis Central Library will be hosting a Jane Austen reading room and information room to mark the bicentennial of Austen’s death on July 18, 2017. The rooms will be open to the public for the month of July and are located in meeting rooms 302 and 303 on the 3rd floor of Minneapolis Central Library. Following a successful exhibit at Minneapolis Institution of Art (Mia) over the last year and a half, the rooms feature the expertise and collections of Austen researcher and Jane Austen Society of North America member Gina Heath King.

The reading room is a space where people can read Austen’s works and explore a variety of stories based on her books, such as “Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies” and the children’s picture book “Goodnight Mr. Darcy.” The information room takes a look at Austen’s life and her legacy. The room also has a display of rare editions of Jane Austen’s novels and books from Minneapolis Central Library's Special Collections.

Books by Jane Austen

Books about Jane Austen

Other Jane Austen events at Sumner Library (July 22) and Brookdale Library (Aug. 19)