Twice is a trend; three times is a tradition.
And for the third year in a row, we’re celebrating Austen in August in the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club.
It started three years ago when a slew of Austen-inspired retellings earned their place in the Summer Reading Guide. Surprisingly—for a blog and book club that draw their names from an Austen character—we realized we’d never read Austen together.
We started with Pride & Prejudice.
Last year, we continued the tradition, reading Emma along with Natalie Jenner’s The Jane Austen Society, and hosting an All About Emma class.
This year, we’re turning to one of Austen’s lesser-read titles, Northanger Abbey. We’re pairing this with The Whispering House, a modern gothic featuring a strong sense of place, a slow-building character study, and a setting that’s a character in its own right.
We’re talking with author Elizabeth Brooks and Austen scholar Devoney Looser during the month, as well as hosting a Northanger Abbey watch party where we’ll view the 2007 film starring Felicity Jones and Carey Mulligan.
If you’ve ever needed a nudge to read Jane, come read along with us in the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club! Our members have access to the full library of past author talks and classes so even if you can’t join us live, you can watch any time at your convenience.
Join us for Austen in August
We have a wide variety of events for readers to enjoy, whether you’ve been an Austen fan your whole life or you’re picking up her work for the first time. Join us for book talk, author interviews, and delightfully nerdy deep dives.
Our schedule looks like this:
• August Book Club selection: The Whispering House by Elizabeth Brooks
• Classics Club read-a-long: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
• August 17 at 7 pm ET A conversation with Austen scholar Devoney Looser aka Stone Cold Jane Austen
• August 21 at 3 pm ET Northanger Abbey (2007) watch party
• August 24 at 7 pm ET Author chat with Elizabeth Brooks
Get in on the action by joining the MMD Book Club, where we’re learning to read better, together. Click here to get started. We’d love to read along with you this season.
P.S. We just announced our fall schedule to our Book Clubbers, and will share more info on the blog soon!