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  • A Charming Place: Bath in the Life and Novels of Jane Austen
    by Maggie Lane

    This beautifully illustrated pocket-sized book takes the reader on a tour of Georgian Bath, from the moment of arrival through all the pursuits Jane Austen, her social circle and her characters engaged in during their stay. (Thanks, Jennifer, for your donation.)

  • Lady Vernon and Her Daughter: A Novel of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan
    by Jane Rubino & Caitlen Rubino-Bradway

    The authors have taken Austen's unfinished original Lady Susan and transformed it into a vivid and richly developed novel of love lost and found. (Thanks, Jennifer, for your donation.)

  • Writing Jane Austen
    by Elizabeth Aston

    Georgina Jackson is an American writer living in London with one highly acclaimed but not so best-selling book under her belt. Her high-powered agent Livia Harkness is about to scratch her off her client list when she offers her a literary chance of a life-time to complete a recently discovered unfinished manuscript by Jane Austen.

  • The Austen Escape
    by Katherine Reay

    Mary Davies, an industrial engineer from Texas, has been working on augmented reality glasses for years but her work has been for naught and she has been downgraded to working on batteries. Her father convinces her to leave it all temporarily behind and head to Bath, England, with her emotionally fragile best friend, Isabel Dwyer.

  • Mr. Darcy's Guide to Courtship by Fitzwilliam Darcy
    by Emily Brand

    Full of entirely justified pride and meticulously cultivated prejudice, Jane Austen's most famous (and most fancied) hero here reveals the secrets of his success with the opposite sex, offering hints to both ladies and gentlemen on the rules of courtship, including making oneself agreeable, identifying an appropriate partner and how to escape the unwanted attentions of rogues and fortune-hunters.

  • Jane Austen's England: A Walking Guide
    by Anne-Marie Edwards

    The 15 circular walks in the book describe the country houses, churches, great estates and elegant cities Austen knew and introduce the reader to the real-life people she met, many of whom gave her hints for the characters in her novels.

Recent Meeting 2018 September 15
Relaxation and Talk

Charivari Between Sisters: Social Discourse

Amber enlightened us all with a very interesting and entertaining discussion about the "conversations" through letters between Jane and her sister Cassandra. Amber presented a number of subjects covered by Jane and Cassandra. Dresses, the costs of washing and Jane's distinct displeasure for the chore, the making of shirts, and various other topics were made amusing by Jane's wit and way of expressing herself.

Amber showed us a number of cartoons and images that helped us to understand some of the articles referred to by Jane in her letters. Amber's careful selection of quotes from Jane's letter were excellent additions and everyone thoroughly enjoyed her recitations.

During our tea break we were surprised with some very nice homemade cookies and squares which were a real treat. Thank you to our tea volunteers!!!

Leisure and Pleasure

After our scrumptious snack, Jane presented a discussion on eisure and the various ways it has been researched. Leisure is essential to our spirits and perhaps life itself. She led us through the characteristics of "serious leisure, casual leisure, and project-based leisure". For the second half of her presentation, Jane had us split into two sides to debate whether those in the Regency era had more leisure time that those of us in modern times. The debate was entertaining and provoked a lively discussion on the matter.

Thank you Amber and Jane!

2018-2019 Meeting Dates

Add these dates to your calendar. Note that two dates are not the third week of the month.
  • November 24

  • January 19 - Annual Birthday Tea

  • March 16

  • May 25

Regular Meetings

JasnaCalgary is a region of the Jane Austen Society of North America. We are all interested in everything Jane, from love of her novels to scholarly pursuits. Five times a year we meet to enjoy talks, workshops, teas, and galas. Attend a meeting and if you have fun, join in! Membership is $15.00 annually to cover our tea and cakes and other expenses.

Our meetings are 2:00 - 4:00, held at Sunalta Community Association, 1627 10 Ave SW, a location that is wheelchair accessible.
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Only a few special events require pre-paid tickets, such as the annual Tea celebrating Jane Austen's birthday and our bi-annual Gala.

On the Family page, members can access additional information with a password.

Site last updated on 2018 October 9

New Books in our Library on the Reading page
Highlights of our September 15 meeting
Meeting dates 2018 - 2019

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