The Reading Group will meet next on March 9, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the home of Bill Boyd and Marna Tisdel in SE Portland. An email was sent out to the members with RSVP contact info.
The discussion topic will be In Company -- Hospitality in Austen's Novels. The discussion leader will be Sylvia Foster.
"There is hardly any personal defect which an
agreeable manner might not gradually
reconcile one to."
~ Jane Austen, Persuasion, 1818
From the Eastern Pennsylvania Region of JASNA, Jane Austen Day 2014 events will take place April 26, 2014. This year's day-long event entitled The Unfinished Jane Austen will be a fascinating exploration of Austen's two unfinished novels, The Watsons and Sanditon, and a provocative discussion of what Austen might have accomplished if she had lived a longer life. There will be a panel of Austen scholars joining the region for Jane Austen Day. Presentations by Professors Jocelyn Harris, Janine Barchas and Michael Gamer will be the highlights of the event.
Jane Austen Day will be held in the exquisite Grant Room at Philadelphia’s historic Union League and include complimentary morning tea and coffee, a delicious luncheon, selected merchants including a bookseller, and an abundance of good discussion and fellowship. More details, including the schedule of events and registration form, are available on the Eastern Pennsylvania Region's website at http://jasnaeastpa.org/jaday.html.
A delightful time was had by all for the 2013 December event, in celebration of Jane Austen's 238th birthday! Below is a slideshow gallery featuring the potluck luncheon and the program that followed, "I Want My Mr. Darcy: Using Pride & Prejudice as Bibliotherapy."
If you would like to submit more photos to share with the region -- or to add to or correct a photo's caption -- please contact Web Manager Jennifer Snoek-Brown directly.
Have you heard? The registrations are flying in for our December 7th event at the Holy Names Heritage Center. There is still room, if you have not yet registered.
We hope to see you there!
Regional Coordinator of the Oregon/ SW Washington Region,
Jane Austen Society of North America
My Dears! Have you heard!? Holy Names Heritage Center is let at last. The Jane Austen Society of North America Oregon-Southwest Washington Chapter has taken it for December 7, 2013 at 1 o’clock in the afternoon. It is for the celebration of Jane’s 238th birthday and will be a lively event by all accounts. After our delicious pot luck luncheon, during which we shall enjoy harp music provided by AnnaLee Driscoll, we shall adjourn for what will be an interactive, inviting audience participation presentation, titled: "I Want My Mr. Darcy: Using Pride & Prejudice as Bibliotherapy."
Our charming presenters are: Emily Bergman, MLS, Librarian for 36 years ; Alice Bergman, MBS, MA, LPC therapist and a member of the Jane Austen Society since 1977.
There will also be a raffle at the end of the luncheon. Costumes are encouraged but optional.
For more info and how to RSVP for this charming event, please scroll through the flyer below, and check out our 2013 Events page. For carpooling options, please visit our Carpooling page.
Time and Place of November meeting
The November Reading Group meets on November 10 at 1 p.m. at the home of Bill Boyd and Marna Tisdel.
Discussion Topics for 2014
In November we choose the topics for our Reading Group discussions for the following year. Bring your ideas for the 2014 discussions.
In our November reading group we will discuss A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz. Multiple copies of this book are available in local libraries and it is out in a paperback edition. If you subscribe to audible.com, it is available as an audio book as well.
Since our discussion will be shortened by the time to pick 2014 discussion topics, we will limit our discussion to chapters 1 and 6 of the book. These cover Emma and Sense and Sensibility.
Debbie Guyol and Bill Boyd will be leading the discussion. We intend to discuss the following questions with reference to each chapter:
There is a beautiful gallery of photos online at the Telegraph showcasing fans of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice who gathered at Chatsworth House. Chatsworth held a special dinner recently to celebrate the 200th anniversary of P&P.
Chatsworth, Derbyshire, served as the location of the Pemberley estate in the 2005 film adaptation, and is thought to have been the original inspiration for Pemberley, the residence of Mr. Darcy in P&P. You can see more about Chatsworth online here at http://www.chatsworth.org.
You are invited to attend out next reading group meeting on Sunday, July 14, at 1pm, at the home of Stephanie Vardavas. Please see the recent email from our Regional Coordinator Kim Higgins for contact details or see our Contacts page.
The reading group topic is "Kindness of Brothers & Sisters," with Pat Fulbright leading the discussion.
Hope to see many of you there!
Don’t miss the first Jane Austen Summer Program — held on UNC’s campus June 27-30, 2013!
Organized by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's Department of English and Comparative Literature in conjunction with the Program in the Humanities, this four-day summer program celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice.
Learning experiences include lecture formats and discussion groups daily. Discussions will focus on Pride and Prejudice in its historical context as well as its many afterlives in fiction and film.
Additional events include a Regency ball, the chance to partake in an English tea, a silent auction of Austen-related items, and the opportunity to view special exhibits tailored to the conference.
The Austen Summer Program is designed to appeal to established scholars, high school teachers, graduate students, and undergraduate students — anyone with a passion for all things Austen is welcome to attend!
TO REGISTER: register at our secure site at https://hhv.oasis.unc.edu/ or visit http://humanities.unc.edu/programs/jasp/ to learn more about the program.
Sixty people attended our May 12, Mother’s Day Program at the Holy Names Heritage Center in Lake Oswego! Mothers and daughters, friends and family members, and several students from nearby universities filled the hall. The venue was vibrant with potted herbs, hand embroidered tablecloths, and Pride and Prejudice memorabilia decorating each table. Members provided a sumptuous potluck luncheon with entrees to please any palate. Vintage tea cups and a decadent dessert bar added to the festive atmosphere.
Thanks to the generosity of JASNA National, our chapter was able to fly Dr. Lynda Hall up from Chapman University in Orange, California. Her presentation was intelligent and humorous -- the perfect recipe for an enjoyable afternoon. Dr. Hall spoke about marriages in Jane Austen’s time, focusing on Charlotte Lucas Collins and her willingness to sacrifice her intrinsic value for a marriage which provided her with economic security and little else. She was also kind enough to tell us about her week spent with screenwriter Andrew Davies, and to provide us with some interesting tidbits about Colin Firth. She was joined by her parents from the Oregon Coast, and was grateful to be able to spend Mother’s Day with her mother!
~ Kim Higgins, Regional Coordinator