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Upcoming Meeting
Novel Study: Northanger Abbey

On May 25 we will cloak ourselves in the Gothic mysteries of the eighteenth century to enjoy the satiric novel, Northanger Abbey. For the most enlightenment, read the (short) novel. If time has you in a terrible grip, come and enjoy the conversation. For a little mental stimulation, consider the JASNA essay contest question for students.

Northanger Abbey can be described as a book about books. There is, of course, the well-known "defense of the novel," but characters also discuss their reading habits, name specific novels and even consider history books. In her works, Austen often makes use of fiction, poetry or plays, either explicitly or indirectly. Explore how she does this in Northanger Abbey.

Time for a Laugh!

Ellyn Cardon, a senior undergraduate at Brigham Young University, is the winner of this year's JASNA Young Filmmaker Contest for her entry, Mrs. Bennet's Plan. This short spoof is worthy of Jane Austen's juvenilia.

New Books

  • Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility
    by Hillary Manton Lodge

    Just a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. When Celia insists on a move to Austin, Texas, the sisters pack up their kid sister Margot and Jane’s tea plants, determined to start over yet again.

  • My Jane Austen Summer: A Season in Mansfield Park
    by Cindy Jones

    Lily Berry is a needy, desperately unhappy dreamer who after reading “The Six” (Jane Austen’s six major works) has let her affection for dear Jane run wild. She sells off all her possessions, buys a plane ticket to Great Britain, and begs an acting role in a summer literary festival.

  • A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen
    by Susannah Carson, ed.

    Why are we so fascinated with Jane Austen's novels? Why is Austen so universally beloved? The essayists in this volume offer their thoughts on the delightful puzzle of Austen's popularity.

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.

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