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

JASNA Calgary member and author Paul Butler will be leading the discussion "A Meeting of Worlds: Jane Austen and the 21st Century Reader".
At the heart of our relationship with Jane Austen lies a paradox. We want to preserve her world, not only the wit and the insight but also her values, yet we also want to make her pertinent to our own lives. Screen adaptations over the years reveal how we sometimes struggle with this. Key scenes and plots are altered from the original to make an easier match with modern concepts of morality and social justice. We will examine this process, with examples, and also talk about the post-colonial approach to fiction including The Widow’s Fire.
The annual tea in celebration of Jane's birthday will be held on 2018 January 20. Tickets are $15 each and will be available for purchase at November's meeting.

September 16 Meeting
Jane in Context

Congratulations to our new Regional Coordinator, Laurie. Thanks go to her and the other volunteers who provide so much fun and education in our Society!

Carole continued her informative presentation on the Age of Enlightenment.

Ann helped us understand how village and city living affected people in Jane Austen's times.

May Lee presented the new books in our library.
  • Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure
    by Emma Campbell Webster

    A clever, playful, interactive, and highly entertaining approach to the wildly popular novels in which you, the reader, decide the outcome

  • The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet
    by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

    The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will soon take on a life of their own, turning the Bennet sisters into internet celebrities seemingly overnight.

  • Sway
    by Melanie Stanford (donated by the author!)

    She'd be happy to forget...if the past would just stop hitting "replay."

2017 - 2018 Meeting Dates

    The Age of Enlightenment II, presentation by Carole
    How People Lived in their Homes, presentation by Ann

  • November 18 - A Meeting of Worlds: Jane Austen and the 21st Century Reader, presentation by Paul Butler

  • January 20 - Birthday Tea

  • March 17 - The Royal Navy's ties to Halifax, presentation by Deirdre and Judith

  • May 12 - The Business in Jane
    Jane as a Businesswoman, presentation by Amber
    Estate Laws, presentation by Lindsey

Regular Meetings

For fond memories, see the report and photos of our most recent meeting.

We usually meet on the third Saturday of September, November, January, March and May. Our meetings are 2:00 - 4:00 and are held at Sunalta Community Association, 1627 10 Ave SW, a location that is wheelchair accessible.
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Calgary Gala

Tea for Jane's Birthday

Past Meetings

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