Please enjoy the slideshow photo gallery below from our recent December event and birthday celebration for Jane Austen. We had a full house for the presentation and enjoyed wonderful table decorations and scrumptious potluck lunch!
If you would like to contribute more photos -- or captions! -- please contact Jennifer Snoek-Brown, the region's web manager, directly.
Elaine and Stephanie are working on the discussion for January’s meeting discussion theme, which is "The First Janeites, Why & How They Read. There is so much interesting material on Janeites and Jane Austen’s books in wartime, they would like you to get a head start in preparation for the meeting!
If you can find the time before the meeting on January 11th, they would like you to read this short story by Rudyard Kipling called "The Janeites,” published in several magazines in 1924. One of those magazines was The Story-Teller, and the cover featuring "The Janeites" story is pictured at right. The tagline reads, "The first story Rudyard Kipling has written for five years, 'The Janeites', complete within."
The story is about a “secret society” of Janeites in World War I. The story is short and will not take a lot of time to read. Enjoy!
The full text of the short story "The Janeites" is online here: http://www.telelib.com/authors/K/KiplingRudyard/prose/DebtsandCredits/janeites.html
Here are some additional notes on The Janeites (very helpful!): http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/soldiers_fra.htm
Last Sunday, Arnie Perlstein, J.D., JASNA AGM speaker and past Miami regional coordinator, presented a spirited talk on “The Five Other Shakespeare Plays Hiding (In Plain Sight) in Mansfield Park.” He has newly moved to Portland and joined our local region, and he received a warm welcome from the JASNA Oregon & SW Washington members who attended the December event to celebrate Jane Austen's birthday.
Arnie also writes regularly about Jane Austen's "Shadow Stories" on his blog, Sharp Elves Society, at
http://sharpelvessociety.blogspot.com/, and his Twitter page at https://twitter.com/JaneAustenCode (@JaneAustenCode). His personal email address is also provided on his blog profile.
Arnie would love to hear from any members who have follow-up questions, comments, corrections, etc. If there is enough interest (meaning, say, 4-5 people) who are interested in gathering informally at a Starbucks or the like on a periodic basis (monthly or every other month) to toss around Jane Austen's shadow stories with him, he would be very happy to take the lead on that, as long as it never conflicts with any of the chapters scheduled book group meetings or special events, which must come first. Please get in touch with Arnie directly if you are interested.
More photos! Please enjoy the slideshow photo gallery below from the JASNA AGM in Montreal. Over a dozen members from the ORSWWA region were able to attend the JASNA AGM in Montreal, and they had a great time!
You can read more about the AGM in Montreal here at http://www.jasna.org/agms/montreal/index.html.
If you would like to contribute more photos, please contact Jennifer Snoek-Brown, the region's web manager, directly.
Pauline Beard will be hosting our Reading Group meeting on Sunday, September 14, at 1:00 pm. Debbie Eley and Margaret Christmann will lead us in a discussion of Mansfield Park: Secrets and Lies. Please RSVP to Pauline as soon as possible, and let her know if you will be bringing something for the table (see our Contacts page).
Also, we will be selecting discussion topics this month instead of in November. Please bring your ideas!
Don't forget that carpool rides are available, as detailed on our Carpooling page. Just let us know if you need a ride to the Reading Group.
~ Kim Higgins
Regional Coordinator of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Oregon/ SW Washington Region
You are all invited to attend our next Reading group meeting at 1:00 pm on Sunday, July 13. We will meet at the home of our treasurer, Marva Wiebe, in Hillsboro.
Our discussion topic has changed, and this month we will discuss "The Business of Matchmaking," with discussion leaders Elaine Blatt and Stephanie Fleming. We will discuss the novel, The Three Weissmanns of Westport in November, led by Debbie Guyol.
The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) Puget Sound Region held a Gala event on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at the Women's University Club of Seattle. Below are photos, as well as a write-up, from one of regional members, Elizabeth Moscoso, who attended the Gala event.
I had the chance to drive up to Seattle over the weekend to attend their gala on Sunday, June 22 (previous post here). It was a lovely sunny day in Seattle, and the venue was absolutely picturesque and wonderful. Plenty of gentlemen and ladies donned their best Regency outfits for the day and were very much admired. The lunch was three courses and tasty. Each table had a “Mary Bennett” to be the judge of a crossword puzzle/ trivia game that was played. The lucky winner got a set of Jane Austen note cards! The speaker was Iris Lutz, and we gave us a little “tour” of house, cottages, manors and estates in England that Jane knew, lived in and was inspired by for her novels. We all agreed: we should do this again soon. I have attached some pictures for your enjoyment!
Our Regional Coordinator, Kim Higgins, recently received the following news and wanted to make it known to our members. Please note that it is not a JASNA-sanctioned tour, but it does have local connections (the shop is in Newport), so we are passing this information on as it might be of interest to our regional members.
Bridie's Irish Faire, an Irish shop in Newport, Oregon, is organizing a "women only" tour this year to England entitled "Writers & Royals" (Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, and Tudor England - the London leg of the trip). The trip dates are September 25 - October 8, 2014. There are currently 12 women traveling in September, and there are 8 slots still available. The deadline to register is July 31.
You can read more about the tour itinerary and registration information online here at http://www.bridiesirishfaire.com/mysitecaddy/site3/writers_royals-england2014.htm.
Here is information about an upcoming seminar in Portland about Jane Austen, a seminar led by our own Pauline Beard! Please contact the program directly if interested. Please note that this is not a JASNA-sponsored event.
Delve is a conversation-based Readers Seminars series, a program of Literary Arts, wherein participants discuss challenging works of literature with a local scholar. You can find out more about the Delve Readers Seminars here at http://www.literary-arts.org/what-we-do/delve-home/ .
One of the upcoming seminars in early 2015 includes the major novels of Jane Austen. The full seminar description is online here at http://www.literary-arts.org/event/novels-jane-austen-delve-seminar/ , and the seminar guide and local scholar is Pauline Beard.