January 28, 2013 marks the 200th publication anniversary of Jane Austen’s iconic novel Pride and Prejudice.
In honor of the special occasion, the Free Library is hosting “Pride and Prejudice at 200,” a day-long celebration of the novel at the Parkway Central Library, neighborhood libraries around the city and online at freelibrary.org.
See below for the lowdown on the day’s events, and stay tuned at freelibrary.org for more info on the day’s activities.
Digital Exhibition: The Print and Picture Collection at Parkway Central will curate a digital exhibition on freelibrary.org with images of Jane Austen and illustrations depicting the time period.
Special Twitter Feed: Follow @DigitalMrDarcy on Twitter as he makes his way to Philadelphia while observing modern life (which he often finds vexing).
Film Screening of the 2005 adaptation of Pride And Prejudice: Catch Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy on the big screen as the Parkway Central Library will screen the movie on screens in the lobby throughout the day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
First Editions display in the Rare Book Department: Head to the 4th floor at 11 a.m. for an impressive display of the first American editions of other Austen classics, Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey during Monday’s public tour of the department.
Pop-Up Performances: Beginning in the late afternoon, customers at Parkway Central will be entertained by pop-up performances by the Old Academy Players. Actors will perform scenes from Pride and Prejudice.
Literary Salon: Bring along your copy of Pride and Prejudice and participate in a Literary Salon in Room 108 at 6 p.m.
Pride and Prejudice: Past, Present, and Future: In Room 108 at 7:30 p.m., Elizabeth Steele, Vice-President for Conferences of The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA), will present a discussion on the important of Pride and Prejudice throughout its 200 years.
“Pride and Prejudice at 200″ at the Free Library
When: Monday, January 28
Where: Most events at Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
More info: libwww.freelibrary.org