May 21, 2022
Virtual - Author Sonali Dev in Conversation with Bridget Eileen Madden, Jane Austen Aficionado *For Adults
Saturday, May 21, 2022
We love Jane Austen-esque adaptations and, if you haven't read those by Sonali Dev, you are in for a treat! Join us for this conversation between Sonali and Bridget Eileen Madden, who is a true Austen Aficionado! They'll be chatting how Austen books inspired Sonali, the similarities and differences between the books, as well as any hidden "Easter Eggs" that only a Jane Austen fan would pick up on!
It's also a book birthday! Sonali's latest adaptation, "The Emma Project" has just come out and we're celebrating! Bring your tea and crumpets to join the conversation (or whatever puts you in a celebratory mood!).
Buy signed books by Sonali from Bank Square Books. Just note in the comments that you'd like the books signed at checkout!
About "The Emma Project":
Emma gets a fresh Indian-American twist from award-winning author Sonali Dev in her heartwarmingly irresistible Jane Austen inspired rom com series.
No one can call Vansh Raje’s life anything but charmed. Handsome—Vogue has declared him California’s hottest single—and rich enough to spend all his time on missions to make the world a better place. Add to that a doting family and a contagiously sunny disposition and Vansh has made it halfway through his twenties without ever facing anything to throw him off his admittedly spectacular game.
A couple years from turning forty, Knightlina (Naina) Kohli has just gotten out of a ten-year-long fake relationship with Vansh’s brother and wants only one thing from her life…fine, two things. One, to have nothing to do with the unfairly blessed Raje family ever again. Two, to bring economic independence to millions of women in South Asia through her microfinance foundation and prove her father wrong about, well, everything.
Just when Naina’s dream is about to come to fruition, Vansh Raje shows up with his misguided Emma Project... And suddenly she’s fighting him for funding and wondering if a friends-with-benefits arrangement that’s as toe-curlingly hot as it is fun is worth risking her life’s work for.
USA Today bestselling author Sonali Dev writes Bollywood-style love stories that explore universal issues. Her novels have been named Best Books of the Year by Library Journal, NPR, the Washington Post, and Kirkus. She has won numerous accolades, including the American Library Association’s award for best romance, the RT Reviewer Choice Award for best contemporary romance, multiple RT Seals of Excellence, has been a RITA® finalist, and has been listed for the Dublin Literary Award. Shelf Awareness calls her “Not only one of the best but one of the bravest romance novelists working today.”
She lives in Chicagoland with her husband, two visiting adult children, and the world’s most perfect dog.
Bridget Eileen Madden is a writer in Rhode Island. She’s worked in libraries for over 20 years, if you count work-study jobs. Since 2017, she has been the artistic director of the long-standing poetry festival The Boston Poetry Marathon. She is the founder and organizer of the Boston Austen Book Club, which started in 2018. Soon, she’ll be starting up the JASNA Rhode Island regional chapter. She considers Jane Austen her "Dead Best Friend She’ll Never Meet".
Please register for this virtual event. You'll receive the zoom link in the confirmation and reminder emails.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library and is brought to Ashland in partnership with the MassBay Community College. We are also pleased to be collaborating with the Needham and Maynard Libraries for this event.
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