Books and more


New Books

At each meeting our library is open to members to borrow materials until the next meeting, with a small fee of 25 cents.
  • The Jane Austen Project
    by Kathleen A. Flynn

    England, 1815: Two travelers, Rachel Katzman and Liam Finucane, are colleagues from a technologically advanced future, posing as a doctor and his spinster sister, and their mission is the most audacious yet: meet, befriend, and steal from Jane Austen.

  • Darcy's Temptation
    by Regina Jeffers

    When Fitzwilliam Darcy married Elizabeth Bennet, he felt complete at last. Then the unthinkable happens, and Darcy loses all the memory of Elizabeth's love.

  • The Genius of Jane Austen: Her Love of Theatre and Why She Works in Hollywood
    by Paula Byrne

    This history focuses on the theatrical world of the late 18th century and includes an overview of the performances that Austen attended. The performances served as a source of inspiration for the private family theatricals of Austen's youth.

Recent Meeting
A Meeting of Worlds:
Jane Austen and the 21st Century Reader
2017 November 18

Paul Butler, one of our newest JASNA Calgary members, gave us a glimpse into his latest novel, The Widow's Fire, a sequel to Persuasion with a focus on Anne's friend, Mrs. Smith. He discussed the morally questionable actions of Mrs. Smith toward Anne in potentially concealing her past with Mr. Elliott until Anne had declared that she had no intention of marrying him. Quite a number of us had missed this somewhat devious act on her part.
His novel is a closer look at Mrs. Smith and focuses on helping our 21st century morality understand some of the themes contained in Jane Austen's novels and in particular, whether or not Mrs. Smith acted in a reasonable way. This sequel, which begins near the end of Persuasion, is written from different characters' points of view. The story includes some of the gallant Captain Wentworth's darker past from when he was at sea, and it proposes possible consequences for his new life with Anne.
Mr. Butler read excerpts from his novel and enticed so many at the meeting that he sold out his supply of books that he had brought with him. He did advise that the book is also for sale online. A re-read of Persuasion is definitely in order, after which comes The Widow’s Fire. Happy reading to you as well!

Jane's Birthday Tea
2018 January 20

The annual tea in celebration of Jane's birthday will be held on 2018 January 20. Tickets are $15 each. Email JASNA Calgary

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 2017 December 5

New books and updated book list on Reading page
Recent meeting update
Link to Ever, Jane online game, on Theatre page

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