Through a series of compelling close readings of key passages in each novel, Wiltshire underscores Austen's unique ability to penetrate the hidden inner motives and impulses of her characters, and reveals some of the secrets of her narrative art.
A new title of close readings of Jane Austen's novels was published last month, The Hidden Jane Austen by John Wiltshire. It promises to be an interesting read, if any of our members are interested in delving into deeper psychological explorations of Austen's characters.
There are also some special reader features on the Cambridge University Press website, including a book trailer and a free preview of the introduction and first chapter!
Dear Janeites, I just received this announcement and thought that most of you would be interested. We will be receiving copies of the novel to raffle off at an upcoming Reading Group meeting!
~ Kim Higgins, Regional Coordinator of the JASNA Oregon/ SW Washington Region
DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY -- Sundays, October 26-November 2, 2014, 9:00 pm ET on MASTERPIECE/PBS
Matthew Rhys (The Americans, Brothers and Sisters), and Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House, The Bletchley Circle), star in an adaptation of P.D. James’ witty and inventive continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. As preparations are being made for a ball at Elizabeth and Darcy's Pemberley home, the discovery of a corpse brings an abrupt and shocking halt to the proceedings — and a threat to all that the Darcys hold dear.
Today's exclusive to Entertainment Weekly includes a trailer: http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/07/03/matthew-rhys-death-comes-to-pemberley-first-look/?hootPostID=68e5c5688e344552709b66690ef04d42
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!
The second book in the "Austen Project" series has been released, Val McDermid's modern take on Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. The new release garnered a positive review in the New York Times Book Review, as quoted below:
This link comes from member Debbie Guyol and is really interesting! The title of the article is called "Jane Austen's Collection of Critical Feedback From Her (Sometimes Harsh) Friends and Family" and is online here at http://alturl.com/ycvje.
This is a transcript of JA's personal compilation of various readers' opinions of Mansfield Park. The manuscript of the same for Emma is also linked in the article, but not transcribed. Fascinating!
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.
The recipient of our first annual AGM Tribute Grant, honoring Janet Rohrbaugh and Anna Quillan, has been awarded to Elizabeth Moscoso! Elizabeth is a student at Marylhurst University majoring in English Literature, with a focus on creative writing. She has been a member of our region since 2012. Elizabeth credits Jane Austen as her inspiration to become a writer. Through her writing, she hopes to showcase the human condition the way that Austen did during her lifetime. She is excited to learn more about Mansfield Park and the controversies in the novel. While attending the AGM, she hopes that she will be able to gain insight as to Jane’s ability to write to that topic.
The Grant committee is excited to be able to offer Elizabeth the chance to attend the AGM in Montreal this year, and we know that Janet and Anna, so dearly missed, would be as well.
Perfect timing, too, as AGM registration opened up last week! Go to the JASNA AGM registration page link to view the online registration form. The registration page states that registration is at full capacity, but the wait list is open.
You are invited to join the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) Puget Sound Region in a Gala event. On Sunday, June 22, 2014, we will be gathering in the historic Women’s University Club, a beautiful building reminiscent of an 18th century salon. There will be an elegant luncheon, a presentation on the homes of the Regency, quizzes and prizes. Iris Lutz, current president of JASNA, will speak on ‛...in proportion to their family and income’: Houses in Jane Austen’s Life and Fiction.”
The reservation deadline is June 16, 2014.
Date: Sunday June 22nd
Place: Women’s University Club of Seattle
More details, including how to reserve your spot for the gala, are in the document below.