Shannon Hale Creates Austenland Treasure Hunt

Austenland, the first film from Stephenie Meyer’s production company, debuts in August in New York and Los Angeles. However there are some early screenings elsewhere. In Salt lake City there is a fundraiser for the Salt Lake City Film Society ( a group that is dedicated to preserving films by transferring them to digital format) on August 6th that includes a screening of the film along with a rather swanky, high tea.  Tickets for the tea are $100 and $200. For information and tickets,

Additionally, there is a screening that is women only on August 6th that is not tied to the tea and is free on a first come first serve basis. According to the SLFS website

Come see the Sundance hit film, Austenland, directed by Jerusha Hess and based on the novel by Shannon Hale, before it hits theaters anywhere else! Jane Austen fans and cinephiles alike will be treated to a lush red carpet event at the Broadway Centre Cinemas followed by a free screening of the film, Q&A and book signing with Shannon Hale. Fans are also encouraged to pick up a copy of the novel that will be for sale at the Broadway before the event, provided by our local sponsor and Salt Lake staple Weller Book Works, although we do ask out of respect for our sponsor that patrons do not bring previously purchased novels to be signed. This screening is for women only and is on a first-come-first-serve basis, so make sure to get there early and reserve your place! – See more at:

Also Shannon Hale, for those of you in the Salt Lake area, is doing a bit of an Austenland treasure hunt via her blog. Here are the rules

July 29-August 2, we’ll hide one item per day in various locations throughout the Salt Lake Valley. I’ll post photographic clues to these items’ whereabouts every midnight here on my blog, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as on the movie’s official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Use these clues to find the treasures.

Hunt during business hours–once you figure out the location, the first one there to ask for the treasure will win it. Make sure to post a picture of you with the item once you find it, and give us a link in the comments or tag it #AustenlandMovie on twitter. Good luck and tallyho!

Today’s item is an Austenland looking garden bench. Which going on the clues would seem to be near a Starbucks.

lawn bench


  1. How strange–there isn’t a time listed for the free screening, either here or on the link provided. Any idea how we’d find out?

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