Books and more


JASNA 2019 Essay Contest

Annually JASNA sponsors an essay contest for students in high school, post secondary school and graduate school. The 2019 theme has been announced.

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.

Encourage students in your life to think about the topic and write a submission. The three divisions are judged separately and anonymously. Judith has been a judge several times and would be delighted if a Calgary student were to do well.

If you are a student or teacher, print a poster for your school.

The Brazilian Jane Austen

With her usual ability to speak to all of us, Jane Austen has transformed into a Brazilian "novela", or soap opera. Not known for their decorum, novelas heighten the drama of any plot. The BBC introduces us to Orgulho e Paixao (Pride and Passion)

Jane Austen's Reading

Reading with Jane Austen has created a virtual, information-filled view of the Library of Godmersham Park. "I am now alone in the Library, Mistress of all I survey", wrote Jane Austen, about this library. Godmersham Park was the estate of Jane Austen's brother Edward Austen Knight. Using ingenious graphics, this site let's us sit down at Jane's side and explore with her.

2018-2019 Meeting Dates

Add these dates to your calendar. Note that two dates are not the third week of the month.
  • November 24
    Orphans: Oliver with a Twist, presented by Ann
    Lord Mansfield & Emancipation of Slavery, presented by Lindsey

  • 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.

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

Site last updated on 2018 November 14

JASNA Essay Contest announced
Brazilian novela based on Austen's works

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