This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with Martina Soden about the upcoming virtual discussion of Julia Quinn’s book, “The Duke and I,” and popular Netflix show “Bridgerton,” hosted by Scranton Public Library.

Residence: Scranton

Professional background: Head of reference services at Scranton Public Library

Title: Event moderator

Q: What inspired this event?

A: I’ve read all the books in Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series. When I learned that there was a (Netflix) series available, I had to watch it. After watching the series and comparing the book to the show, we decided to have a virtual discussion on both.

Q: What is the synopsis of the book and the Netflix show?

A: The book and show follow a family during the Regency period in England. The main characters are Simon and Daphne, who hatch a plan to pretend to fall in love so each gets noticed or ignored in society. While their plan works, it also backfires as they fall in love.

Q: How does the virtual event work?

A: We are asking everyone to please register by emailing We are limiting the group to 20 attendees. Once registered, the participants will receive a Zoom link in their email.

Q: What topics will be covered?

A: We will focus on not only the differences between the book and the show but also the content of both. We want to have a fun discussion about all the characters and their personalities. Our first discussion will be on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. We’ll be discussing the first book in the series, “The Duke and I,” and the first season of “Bridgerton” on Netflix. Grab your favorite cup of tea and snacks for a laid-back night of discussion. Borrow a copy of “The Duke and I” from the library or purchase the title from Library Express Bookstore and receive 10% off.

Q: What age group do you hope to attract?

A: The show and book are geared toward adults, who are ages 18 and older.

Q: What is unique about this event?

A: This is the first discussion we will have this year, and we are hoping to continue these (discussions) throughout the year.