South Jersey, at the Monmouth Barnes and Noble, on Sunday, Nov. 19, with several of my fellow 2017 debut novelists. We started as a Facebook support group — now some of us are getting together in real life to talk writing! More about the event here.
Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore, 939 Lexington Ave., New York (near 69th Street) on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m.: Performance Reading and Author Discussion
Amateur theatricals were a big influence in Austen’s childhood. As an adult, she loved theater-going while on visits to her brother Henry in London, and her novels address how the strictures of society often require playing a part one may not feel (and, as in Mansfield Park, the perils of actual acting). The Jane Austen Project shares this preoccupation: Rachel and Liam must work at pretending to be what they are not as they navigate 1815’s social minefields. Liam even used to be an actor. It seems fitting, then, to stage a dramatic reading of some scenes from the book that explore the ironic gap between seems and is.
One surprising benefit of publishing a novel is that I’ve met interesting people and made new friends who ordinary life would probably never have brought me into contact with. Like the delightful Sarah Rose Kearns, the guiding inspiration behind the Dec. 6 event. A fellow Jane Austen fan, she’s also an actor and the author of a theatrical adaptation of Persuasion. She knows actors! She’s managed to persuade a few of them to come and read from The Jane Austen Project! I’m using exclamation points because it still astonishes me.
I think this will be a lot of fun. More about the event here.
Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on
April 22 at Northshire Books in connection with a Jane Austen tea.
Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn on
South Orange Maplewood Open Studio Tour on
The Lantern, in the East Village on
June 7. Maplewood South Orange Book Festival, talking about Jane Austen with Karen Gervitz, a professor of English literature and the author of several books, most recently Representing the Eighteenth Century in Film and Television, 2000–2015.
In Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, on
June 26 at Emma Straub’s new store Books Are Magic at a Sackett Street alumni event.
At the South Orange Public Library on the afternoon of
In my hometown, the bucolic Falls Village, Conn., at
Aug 5 at 4 p.m. in my childhood library.