A month of ‘Persuasion,’ by Jane Austen, at the Vail Public Library
VAIL — Join the Vail Public Library for a month-long celebration of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion.” Continuing the annual tradition of offering a month of Austen each November, the library featured “Sense and Sensibility” in 2014 and “Pride and Prejudice” in 2013. This year, the series will ponder “Persuasion,” Austen’s novel about second chances.
As a young girl, the book’s protagonist, Anne Elliot, is persuaded to decline a proposal from a then-undistinguished military officer, only to meet him again several years later when his prospects have changed. The library invites participants to discuss Austen’s oldest heroine and last-completed novel.
• 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 — “Persuasion” Book Discussion: The library will host a lively book discussion on this much-loved novel by Austen. Copies of the book are available for check out at the library.
• 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 — “Persuasion” Film Clip Comparison: A comparison of the 2008 BBC edition and the 1999 Columbia Tristar edition of “Persuasion,” featuring a lively discussion of the two films as participants look at favorite scenes and compare features such as characters, costumes, tone, movement, overall effect and directors’ interpretations on the book.
• 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 — Lecture with Ursula Gross, M.A.: Ursula Gross received her M.A. in English from Georgetown University and wrote her thesis about how Jane Austen is read and interpreted today. A full-time Vail Valley resident, she is a bookseller at The Bookworm of Edwards as well as an independent communications consultant.
These programs are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 970-479-2187.