Q&A with 'Austenland' writer Shannon Hale; Salt Lake screening this weekend

Published: Thursday, Aug. 22 2013 11:12 a.m. MDT

Utah writer Shannon Hale will be on hand to take questions from the audience at two special screenings of her film "Austenland" this weekend at the Broadway Centre Cinemas.

The film, co-written by Hale and Utah director Jerusha Hess and based on Hale's 2007 novel of the same name, debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and follows Jane Hayes (Keri Russell), a passionate fan of Jane Austen who travels to England for an immersive Regency-era experience.

Hale will participate in two post-screening Q&As at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. She will also give brief remarks and an introduction to the 9:10 screenings on those days. More information can be found at the Salt Lake Film Society website and tickets can be purchased in advance here. The Friday 7 p.m. screening has already sold out.

But before she shares her film with Utah audiences, Hale chatted with The Deseret News about seeing her story come to life and the "wonderful weirdness" of Austen fans.

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gee-en
Salt Lake City, UT

Way to go Shannon! All the best to you!

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