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  • SANTA MONICA READS 2015: LONGBOURN by JO BAKER

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    Longbourn is the below stairs story of the servants working in the Bennet household made famous in Jane Austen's Regency Period classic Pride and Prejudice. While Austen's novels have entertained readers for over two centuries and inspired countless prequels, sequels and imitations by other writers, they never acknowledged the existence of those who endured the backbreaking work required to keep estates like Longbourn and Pemberley running. Now, with Longbourn, author Jo Baker gives those largely unseen characters a voice, fleshing out their stories with care and great heart, while also raising issues of class, gender, sexuality and race that still resonate today.   

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    Santa Monica READS is a community reading program that encourages people who live, work in, or visit Santa Monica to read and discuss the same book at the same time in discussion groups and special events held throughout the city. Please plan on attending one or all of the many free, public events we have planned between February 14 and March 21, 2015.

    Click here for our Longbourn resource guide (PDF).

    All programs below are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

    Please note locations for each discussion or event, as several take place in non-library venues. For a list of book discussion dates and times, scroll to the bottom.

     
  • SANTA MONICA READS 2015 SPECIAL EVENTS

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       Longbourn Book Discussions
    Various Dates and Locations
    Join us for one of our many book discussions between February 14 and March 21. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of all dates and locations.

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       Santa Monica READS 2015 Kick-Off Celebration
    Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm
    Main Library, North Entry Courtyard, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *
    Celebrate the launch of the new season of Santa Monica READS with live music, English country dancing with caller Judee Pronovost, and refreshments. Pick up a free copy of book while supplies last.

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       Craft Workshop: Petals and Pages
    Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm
    Main Library, Auditorium Anteroom & Reception Courtyard, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *
    Angharad Jones leads this craft workshop on making paper flowers and valentines. Supplies provided.

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    Santa Monica READS Movie Series: Gosford Park (2001)
    Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm
    Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main Street *
    Robert Altman's classic drama explores the lives of the upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a 1932 party in an English country house as they investigate a murder involving one of them. (137 min)

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       Craft Workshop: Bookmaking with Lace
    Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 6:30 pm
    Pico Branch Library, The Annex, 2201 Pico Boulevard * 
    Crafting expert Debra Disman teaches this bookmaking workshop using beautiful lace. Space is limited, inquire with branch: (310) 458-8684.

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    Santa Monica READS Movie Series: Austenland (2013)
    Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6:30 pm
    Montana Branch Library, 1704 Montana Avenue *
    Obsessed with all things Pride & Prejudice, a woman (Keri Russell) travels to a Jane Austen theme park in England in search of the perfect gentleman. Based on the novel by Shannon Hale. (97 min)

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       Behind the Scenes of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
    Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm
    Main Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *
    Writer/producers Jay Bushman and Kate Rorick of the Emmy-winning, multimedia sensation (produced by Santa Monica-based Pemberley Digital) discuss their contemporary spin on Pride & Prejudice

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       The World of Longbourn
    Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm
    Main Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *
    Join us for a panel presentation and discussion about what life was like in the Regency period. Fashion historian Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell is joined by Janet Fahey from the Jane Austen Society, and Richard Foss, California curator for the Museum of the American Cocktail.  

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       Nickel & Dimed at Longbourn with Cheryl Spector
    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm
    Main Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *
    The storyline of Longbourn evokes questions of class and the ways in which those in the service professions struggle to get by even today. CSUN professor Cheryl Spector presents this lecture tying Longbourn together with Barbara Ehrenreich's timely portrait of minimum wage workers, Nickel & Dimed.

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    Santa Monica READS Movie Series: Pride & Prejudice (2005)
    Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm
    Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Boulevard *
    Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) meets single, rich and proud Mr. Darcy (Matthew Mcfadyen). Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice to make the perfect match? (129 min)

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       Austen Variations Author Panel
    Saturday, March 7, 2015, 2:00 pm
    Main Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *
    A panel of authors -- including Diana Birchall, Syrie James, Sally Smith O'Rourke and Shannon Winslow, who have expanded on the world of Jane Austen in various prequels, sequels and alternate takes -- discusses the fertile world of Austen's characters and settings. 

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    A Jane Austen Education with William Deresiewicz
    Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm
    Main Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *
    William Deresiewicz, a former English professor at Yale and author of the current best seller Excellent Sheep, discusses his 2012 book which answers the question of how Jane Austen and her literary work taught Deresiewicz to be a man.  

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      Santa Monica READS Movie Series: Bride & Prejudice (2004)
    Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm
    Pico Branch Library, 2201 Pico Boulevard *
    Pride & Prejudice goes Bollywood in this contemporary spin on Jane Austen's classic novel, with Aishwarya Rai as a young bride-to-be and Martin Henderson as the wealthy and proud businessman who steals her affections. (122 min)

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    Santa Monica READS Movie Series: Sense & Sensibility (1995)
    Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm
    Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Boulevard *
    When the wealthy Mr. Dashwood dies, he leaves the daughters from his second marriage, including wise Elinor (Emma Thompson) and romantic Marianne (Kate Winselt), with financial difficulties. Will the young women find sensible husbands to help them prevail? (136 min.)

     

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      An Afternoon with Jo Baker
    Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm
    Main Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *
    Author Jo Baker presents an engaging discussion of Longbourn, followed by a book sale and signing.

     

    LONGBOURN BOOK DISCUSSIONS

    Trained volunteer facilitators lead these free public book discussions. No registration required. Discussions are open to readers of all ages, but the Teen Discussion will be led by and focused on younger readers. 

    • Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm - Montana Avenue Branch Library, 1704 Montana Avenue *
    • Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm - Barnes & Noble, 1201 Third Street Promenade 
    • Monday, February 23, 2015 at 5:30 pm - Teen Discussion, Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *
    • Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 11:00 am - Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Boulevard *
    • Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm - Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth Street *
    • Monday, March 9, 2015 at 2:30 pm - Ye Olde King's Head Restaurant, 116 Santa Monica Boulevard
    • Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11:00 am - Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main Street *
    • Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm - Pico Branch Library, 2201 Pico Boulevard *
    • Saturday, March 21, 2014 at 11:00 am - Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard *

    * Note: City of Santa Monica facilities are wheelchair accessible. To request a disability-related accommodation, call Library Administration at 310-458-8606 (TDD 395-8499) at least one week prior to event.

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