YA Authors on the Power of Austen

Tonight, young adult authors Shannon Hale (Midnight in Austenland; Princess Academy), Elizabeth Eulberg (Prom and Prejudice; Take a Bow) and E. Lockhart (The Boyfriend List; National Book Award finalist The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks) will lead a live group chat on Figment.com. The event begins at 8 p.m. EST.

 Hale, Austen, Eulberg and Lockhart.

Join the trio as they grapple with the answers to these questions: Why do we keep coming back to Austen again and again? How is it that her heroines, created 200 years ago, still inspire thoroughly modern characters like Bridget Jones? And why does the idea of a trip to Pembrook Park (the setting of Hale's Midnight in Austenland)--where 21st-century guests don bonnets and enjoy a taste of Regency romance with handsome gentleman actors--sound like the best vacation ever?

The authors will take questions from readers in the second half of the event. And as a lead-up to the live chat, Figment invites teens to try their hand at the quiz "Could You Survive Regency England?" They can also read Hale's essay on her lifelong love affair with Pride and Prejudice and Eulberg's essay on what she learned about writing by reading Austen. 


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