Ayesha At Last: Remixing Pride and Prejudice – A Virtual Presentation by Uzma Jalaluddin
Uzma Jalaluddin, author of Ayesha At Last, will talk about her writerly motivations in pursuing a Pride and Prejudice retelling and what it means to reimagine classic texts from a different cultural viewpoint—and the love that South Asian culture has for all things Austen. This debut novel is a modern Asian and Muslim remix of the story of Darcy and Elizabeth. Uzma’s Lizzie is a teacher, wears a hijab, and is “irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.” Ayesha At Last has been optioned for film by Pascal Pictures, featured on Good Morning America, and was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2019. Her second novel is scheduled for publication in spring 2021.
Uzma is speaking with us as part of a subscription series offered through the North American Friends of Chawton House. She has waived her usual honorarium to raise awareness for Chawton House. Her presentation connects to the two-pronged mission of Chawton House to preserve both a historic Austen family site and the unique legacy of early women writers whose works are housed in the Library.
Please note: To ensure that our afternoon runs smoothly and securely, this event is an online presentation via Zoom. Registration is required through EventBrite. Click the green “Register” button in the upper right corner of this page to reserve your free virtual ticket (using your email address). A few days prior to the event, instructions for the Zoom meeting will be emailed to the address you used to register for the event.