Below is a notice about Jane Austen study group classes that might interest our members, courtesy of our own Pauline Beard.
Reading Jane Austen
With Annie Lighthart
Perhaps we shouldn’t find Jane Austen’s novels as fascinating as we do: people from another era sit quietly and talk. They politely drink tea. Characters take uneventful walks to neighboring towns. Yet the tensions, passions, and histories in that world of small gestures make the novels of Austen complex, astute, and, in a word, irresistible. This study group will look at four of Austen’s enduring novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion. We’ll consider the questions Austen’s work raises, especially her recurring and timely inquiry into whether the heart and mind stand a chance in a world dominated by status and money.
We’ll meet four Saturdays from 10:00 to 1:00: September 10th, October 8th, November 12th, and December 10th. Participants are asked to read one novel per session and join in a relaxed and friendly discussion. Since Austen’s characters valued good conversation over tea or a meal, we will too: please feel free to bring your lunch or pick up a cup of tea at the TaborSpace café.
Whether you are new to Austen’s work or a long-time fan, a reader looking to immerse herself in another world or a writer hoping to gain new insights from a past master, this study group welcomes you.
The group will meet in the ArtSpace room at TaborSpace (5441 SE Belmont) where there is ample parking and a bus that stops right outside the front door. https://taborspace.org.
The fee is $60; scholarship are available. The group is limited to 15. To register, send an email to email@example.com, and a check made out to Soapstone, 622 SE 29th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214.
Annie Lighthart is a writer, teacher, and the author of the poetry collection Iron String. Her work has been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac and chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye to be placed in Ireland’s Galway University Hospitals as part of their Poems for Patience project. She has taught at Boston College, with Portland’s Mountain Writers, and with community groups of all ages.
Mark your calendars, the Historical Novel Society is coming to Portland June 22-24, 2017. They will have two spectacular guests of honor: Pulitzer-prize winning author Geraldine Brooks and David Ebershoff, acclaimed author of The Danish Girl. There will also be full days of programming that will be open to members and non-members alike. Schedule and details are still getting confirmed. Click the graphic above or link here for more details.
Regional member and author Collins Hemingway will doing another lecture in our area, at the Cornelius Public Library for a lecture and reading on Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. He will be reading from his new novel, The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen.
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To help celebrate Mother's Day, why not enjoy a couple of articles about representations of mothers in Jane Austen's works?
A couple of deadlines coming up for local Jane Austen events:
Sunday, May 1: Send an email to our JASNA ORSWWA Regional coordinator, Margaret Christmann at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in sitting with other regional members to attend the play, Emma, that will be put on at the Bag and Baggage Theater in Hillsboro. Member Pauline Beard will be doing a talk before the performances on Friday, May 20th and 27th. If you want to sit with other members of our group, send Margaret an e-mail by May 1st and note which day you want to attend. Margaret will then buy tickets together for the shows.
Friday, May 6: The registration deadline for our annual spring tea on May 14. Feel free to invite a friend to join us. Our speaker has an interesting topic in Lending Libraries, and you can find out more about the program and the speaker here on our 2016 Events page.
The AGM Tribute Grant Committee would like to announce the selection of the 2016 grant recipient. Congratulations to Vonnie Alto, who will be attending the conference in Washington D.C. this October! We are sure she will find the upcoming JASNA conference to be an enriching experience.
We would also like to ask you to consider rooming wth Vonnie and splitting the cost of her room. Washington D.C. is an expensive city and we would like to be able to cover the cost of her trip. Please let Margaret know if you would like to share Vonnie's room. It is already reserved at the special rate (still super high) for four nights, October 20-24th.
The 2016 AGM Tribute Grant Committee
There is just a week left to get your applications in for the 2016 AGM Tribute Grant, due April 15. Application forms are available online here at http://www.jasna-orswwa.org/tribute-grant-2016.html and must be filed electronically. It doesn't take long to apply. You must be a member of our region who has not attended an AGM before. This is a great opportunity to attend the 2016 AGM in Washington D.C., October 21-23.
The Grant Committee:
We have previously featured the 2015 title, The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen, written by our own regional member Collins Hemingway, on our website (here in Nov. 2015 and here in Jan. 2016), and we are pleased to further highlight two new audio interviews spotlighting Collins and his work.
Audio interview with JASNA Philadelphia, March 2, 2016 (45 minutes)
Audio interview with book reviewer Diana Jordan (7 minutes)
You can read more about Collins Hemingway and his works on his website, Austen Marriage, here at http://austenmarriage.com/
The annual spring tea and luncheon will be held on May 14, 2016, with speaker Claire Bellanti. Costumes welcome but not required. A Raffle will be held to benefit our Tribute Grant fund ~ delightful books, tea, & treats!
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Holy Names Heritage Center, 17425 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Program: You Can Get a Parasol at Whitby’s: Circulating Libraries in Jane Austen’s Time
Speaker: Ms. Claire Bellanti, JASNA National President
Reservations: Reservations are required for this event. Please note that the date to register is May 6. Registration fee is $15.00 per person. Students may attend for free, but must make a reservation. (Send a copy of student ID in lieu of registration fee.)
Contact: To register or for more information, please email email@example.com
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