Get those pens out and be creative!
Make sure the next Reading Group Meeting is on your calendars for Sunday, July 12. The meeting starts at 1 pm. Pat Fulbright will lead the meeting, and members will share their letters written to the character of their choice.
Get those pens out and be creative!
Registration for the 2015 AGM in Louisville, KY is now open! Registration will close September 1
or whenever the conference is full, whichever comes first. Visit http://jasna.org/agms/louisville/registration.html to register online and to review the 2015 AGM registration brochure as a PDF.
Members who have joined the JASNA Email List receive notifications of AGM registration and conference updates.
IMPORTANT: Even if you told JASNA not to mail you a paper registration brochure, you must also proactively join the JASNA Email List if you want to receive alerts about the conference. Please contact e-communications@ jasna.org for simple directions on how to join the JASNA Email List if you aren't a subscriber yet.
There is a new title in a planned trilogy about Jane Austen and the places she lived and loved; the series, by British author and graphic designer Terry Townsend, is part of the Halsgrove Discover Series. The first title, "Jane Austen's Hampshire," was published last summer, in August 2014, and the second, "Jane Austen and Bath" was published last month, in April 2015. The final title in the series, "Jane Austen's Kent" will be available this summer, in early June.
Click here for more background info about the upcoming title, "Jane Austen's Kent," at http://www.halsgrovemedia.co.uk/imagebase/data/albums/KB41/KB338/Jane%20Austen_s%20Kent.pdf.
There is also an interesting interview with Terry Townsend about the book series, as well as his background and interest in Jane Austen, on the My Jane Austen Book Club site here at http://thesecretunderstandingofthehearts.blogspot.com/2014/08/talking-jane-austen-with-terry-townsend.html.
A new film, Love Finds You in Charm, will premiere on June 7, 2015 on the UP TV Network.
The plot centers on a young Amish woman, Emma Miller, who is making the decision between staying with the Amish community, or leaving it behind to explore the world. She is caught between her conflicting emotions about the Amish community, and also between two men: Amish Noah and Englisher Andy. Emma is a big Jane Austen fan, going against the Amish community rules to even read the books. She quotes Austen's books in the film, and draws parallels between her life and that of Austen's characters.
The official website is here http://www.lovefindsyouin.com
You can view the trailer here https://vimeo.com/111052898
You can get updates and follow the TV movie's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Love-Finds-You-in-Charm/391117864393415
The AGM Tribute Grant Committee has chosen the 2015 winner! She is Grace Garrett, a college student, where she plays the violin and belongs to the Scottish Country Dancing Club. She is a member of our chapter here in Portland and attends meetings when she is in town. Grace looks forward to learning more about the social significance of dance in Regency England, the great world events that shaped Austen's life, and the lives of women who were able to have careers in Regency England when she attends the AGM in October. We offer Grace our heartiest congratulations!
To those who also applied for the grant this year, we thank you for your applications and encourage you to apply again next year. This year's grant pays tribute to two former members, now deceased. We will always have fond memories of both Kathleen McCann and Virginia Urrutia. Their contributions to our group were extensive. Our tag sale at this year's spring event netted us $545, with most of the proceeds coming from the sale of books from Kathleen's estate. These proceeds have been added to our AGM Tribute Grant account.
Registration for the 2015 AGM is set to open on May 20th. When the call goes out, try to register within the first hour or two, as extra activities fill up quickly!
From the JASNA website:
"To foster the study and appreciation of Jane Austen, JASNA conducts an annual student Essay Contest, with support generously provided by the Sonia Raiziss Giop Charitable Foundation.
Students interested in the life and works of Jane Austen are encouraged to enter. The Essay Contest is open to students world-wide at the high school, college/university, and graduate school levels of study. Entrants do not need to be members of JASNA. Students must be enrolled full-time or part-time in coursework during one or more semesters/quarters of the contest year. Home-schooled students at the high school level are also eligible. Part-time is defined for the college/university level as a minimum of six credit hours and for the graduate level as a minimum of three credit hours leading to an advanced degree."
The 2015 Essay Contest topic aligns with the JASNA Annual General Meeting theme, “Living in Jane Austen’s World.”
The Submissions page on the JASNA website includes important rules about format and submission of essays and a link to the official Essay Contest entry form. Entries must be e-mailed by May 15, 2015.
From the JASNA Persuasion archives, highlighted recently in last month's JASNA Update... an article from our very own Mary Margaret Benson! Her article, "Excellently Qualified to Shine at a Round Game", originally published in Persuasions, No. 8, 1986, "demonstrates how the ever-inventive Jane Austen transformed domestic card tables and casual card games into veritable microcosms of the domestic society portrayed in each of her novels."
An excerpt of the article below:
The full article is available to read and enjoy online at http://www.jasna.org/persuasions/printed/number8/benson.pdf, through the Persuasions archives on the JASNA website.
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!
Welcome to the web site of the Oregon & SW Washington Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). We are a friendly and active group dedicated to the appreciation of Jane Austen's life and works.