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Nov 01, 2017

Libraries Celebrate Jane Austen

By Lori Draz

To honor the 200th anniversary of the death of the renowned British author Jane Austen, the Monmouth County Library System will host a month-long series of events at branches all over the county. Austen’s evergreen novels include Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility. Her works still enjoy immense popularity because of their plots explore women’s dependence on marriage to pursue favorable social standing and economic security, and a critique of the landed gentry in England during the late 18th century.

The highlight of the month-long celebration will be a staged radio play of Pride and Prejudice, presented by Radio Raconteur. It will take place on November 12 at 3:00 p.m. at the library headquarters in Manalapan. Raconteur Radio stages theatrical presentations of vintage radio plays, classic works of literature/film, and pop culture parodies all over the tristate area. The radio play, known as an “ear movie,” uses sound effects and music, and the Raconteur Radio troupe adds costumes, colored spots, a fatboy Elvis microphone, even a fog machine and/or a strobe light. Complete with vintage commercials, Golden Age radio equipment, and costumed actors, the radio play will feature Laurence Mintz, Danielle Illario, and Alex Dawson in the leading roles. For more information, visit www.RaconteurRadio.com.

Jane Austen published Pride and Prejudice in 1813. The novel details the story of the Bennet family, who are hoping for wealthy and established suitors for their five daughters. But the daughters, specifically Elizabeth, the second eldest daughter, has her own strong opinions. Special Jane Austen programs are also being offered at the libraries during the month. For further information on these and other programs, visit www.monmouthcountylib.org. As with all library programs, there are no fees and the public is welcome. No reservations are required for the Jane Austen 200th anniversary series.