Seth Grahame-Smith

In his surprise bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Quirk, $12.95), Seth Grahame-Smith’s gory modification of the Jane Austen original, both men and women are judged as much by their social propriety as their skill in the martial arts. With a wink and a skillfully wielded red pen, Grahame-Smith weaves B-movie horror camp into the source text, making the Bennett sisters not only the comeliest set of damsels in the countryside, but the deadliest as well. Studies with a Shaolin master in China help the sisters stay alive and vanquish their undead foes, who routinely stampede into the balls and social gatherings where Mrs. Bennett so hopes her daughters will find husbands. (Girls, wouldn’t you like to put down your weapons and practice wifely submission?) But Elizabeth Bennett, the best warrior of the lot, isn’t having any of that. Because surely as Mr. Darcy advances, so, too, do the zombies. (Note: Sat. event is at University Book Store.) SARA BRICKNER

Fri., June 12, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., June 13, 4 p.m., 2009

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