Upstairs, Downstairs and Austen

After studying literature at Oxford, Jo Baker was no longer interested in writing. Reading all of the greats from English literature put a halt in Baker’s creative brain. Thankfully, Baker found her footing again and began to write novel after novel. Her latest, Longbourn, is set at the fictional home of the Bennett family in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, but its heroine is Sarah, an orphaned housemaid. Baker fleshes out a character whose name – and only a name – is mentioned just once by Austen. Baker will be at Arts and Letters Live for a talk. There also will be a pre-event dinner featuring British-themed food. The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and the talk starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. More at dma.org. Tickets are $25, $20 for members.
Thu., March 19, 5:30 p.m., 2015
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Paige Skinner has written for the Dallas Observer since 2014.
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