For a lovely array of photos from our 2015 event, "Undressing Mr. Darcy," please visit our Facebook page and photo album of the event!
What accounts for Jane Austen’s enduring appeal? A voice with a modern sensibility, says best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith in his piece, "The Secret of the Jane Austen Industry," recently published in The Wall Street Journal.
"The poet W.H. Auden said of Sigmund Freud that he was no longer just a person but had become a climate of opinion. That is about as effusive a compliment as one can imagine, and there are very few thinkers or writers who merit it. But one who undoubtedly does is Jane Austen. She is not only a climate of opinion, she is a movement, a mood, a lifestyle, an attitude and, perhaps most tellingly of all, a fridge magnet.
"[. . .] Tolstoy, Dickens and Proust are all remembered, and still read, but they do not have countless fans throughout the world who reread their books each year, who eagerly await the latest television or movie adaptation, who attend conventions in period costume, and who no doubt dream about the heroes and heroines of their novels."
~ Alexander McCall Smith for The Wall Street Journal
Don't forget to register for the JASNA spring program on Saturday, April 18th! Come join us as we "Undress Mr. Darcy" and learn about Regency fashion. RSVP with our Regional Coordinator Kim Higgins, who is the registrar for this program; email her at the email@example.com email address.
More details can be found on our 2015 Events page. Carpooling info can be found on our Carpooling page.
We hope to see you there!
Here you will find your invitation to our 2015 Program event, "Undressing Mr. Darcy." The event will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 12:30 p.m. at the Holy Names Heritage Center in Lake Oswego. Reservations are required for this event, at $15 per person. Please email our Regional Coordinator, Kim Higgins, with your reservation at the firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
We will also be having a tag sale at the event this year! All proceeds will go to the Tribute Grant fund. Please bring any items ("Austenesque" or representing the U.K. in some way, plus any books you might want to donate) directly to the event. You will place your item(s) on the table marked with the price you deem appropriate.
See below for the public version of the event's flyer. Information for this event can also be found on our 2015 Events page.
Please think about applying to go to the AGM in Louisville in October! The deadline is April 15th. Go to our Tribute Grant 2015 page for FAQs and to download a copy of the online application. The process is easy!
Here's the teaser for the play:
Elizabeth Bennet & Mr. Darcy have a date – with destiny, as Jane Austen’s most popular novel comes to life on stage in the ACMA Theatre Company’s production of Pride and Prejudice. This quick paced production, adapted and staged by David Sikking (recipient of the Beaverton ArtsCommission’s Outstanding Art Instructor Award) faithfully relishes the language Jane Austen penned for this witty romantic comedy.
The topic for the upcoming Reading Group discussion, scheduled for this upcoming Sunday, March 8, is Jane Austen's final work, Sanditon. The discussion leaders will be Jennifer and Sam Snoek-Brown. Please read the following in preparation for the reading group discussion:
While Sanditon is an unfinished novel, comprised of only 12 chapters, there are so many opportunities for rich discussion and so many themes that we could potentially discuss as a group. While Sam and I were discussing the unfinished novel this weekend, within only a few minutes we had listed multiple potential discussion topics, including (but not limited to):
As you can see, there is so much potential represented within so few pages!
So how to narrow this down to a single discussion? Sam and I decided to go back to the source -- or rather, the source of Sanditon's initial presentation to the public, which was in 1870 through J.E. Austen-Leigh's memoir of his aunt Jane Austen. In that memoir, in Chapter XIII, Austen-Leigh described the writing of Sanditon and included his own personal summary of it, along with substantial excerpts from Austen's text. The full manuscript of Sanditon was not published until 1925. (Scroll down to the bottom of this message for links to his memoir online.)
Therefore, Sam and I have pulled out the following discussion questions/themes relating to J.E. Austen-Leigh's original introduction of Sanditon.
For sources and/or further reading, please feel free to explore the following:
The next Reading Group meeting is coming up soon so here is a friendly reminder.
(Also, we have a carpool service for those who need a ride. See our Carpool page for more details.)
Members, please check your email, which contained more specific addresses and directions.
Reading Group Meeting topic: Sanditon
Hostess: Ceil Huntington
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Time: 1 pm
Discussion Leaders: Jennifer and Sam Snoek-Brown
Stay tuned for more details about the reading group topic!
Please save the date! Our 2015 program presentation, "Undressing Mr. Darcy," will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015. (The presenters will also address garments worn by ladies.)
We will begin at 12:30 p.m. because in addition to the program, we will hold a "tag sale" for all things Austen. There will be many books available, including several from the personal collection of Kathleen McCann, which were recently donated to our group. All proceeds will go to the AGM Tribute Grant fund.
Our 2015 Events page will be updated as more details become available.
The new 2015 AGM Tribute Grant application is now posted online at our website on our Tribute Grant 2015 page at http://www.jasna-orswwa.org/tribute-grant-2015.html. This year we honor beloved past members Kathleen McCann and Virginia Urrutia.
If you meet the criteria, please apply! If not, let your friends and relatives know about it. We would like to increase the number of applicants this year.
The application process closes on April 15th this year, and the winner will be announced by May 15, 2015.