Category Archives: JASNA

Survey of Janeites, Thoughts on the Results

Survey of Janeites, Thoughts on the Results

In 2008, the Jane Austen Society of North America took a survey of its membership about Austen’s characters. I’ve come across the results several times. I thought I’d recap them here and offer a few thoughts of my own. Fully one-third of Janeites read three or more of Austen’s books in a year. Eleven percent… more goodness …

Presents for Jane, Meant for All of Us

Presents for Jane, Meant for All of Us

Beginning this blog on December 16, the 243rd anniversary of Jane Austen’s birth, and finishing it on December 25, the 2018th anniversary of the birth of that little child of Bethlehem, I find myself in a reflective, seasonable mood. There are many gifts in life, and in Austenia. I hope you enjoy your gifts as… more goodness …

Persuasion–and Anne Elliot!–Comes to Kansas City

Persuasion–and Anne Elliot!–Comes to Kansas City

The 2018 annual general meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America in Kansas City focused on Persuasion, Jane Austen’s last and most poignant novel. The AGM featured numerous insights into both the book and issues related to it, including my own talk on the influence of Jane Austen’s naval brothers on the text.… more goodness …

Report on the Jane Austen Festival in Louisville AND the debut of “A Lady Bonnet Boutique” by Sharon Lathan

Report on the Jane Austen Festival in Louisville AND the debut of “A Lady Bonnet Boutique” by Sharon Lathan

Get ready for a long blog post, y’all! I have SO much to talk about and share with a TON of photos to highlight what I have been doing this past month.   To begin, I must refer to my last Austen Authors blog post, dated July 10:  Busy Bee Sharon has been Making Regency… more goodness …

Austen Sideroads Yield Interesting Journeys

Austen Sideroads Yield Interesting Journeys

Combing the internet for information on the life and times of Jane Austen sometimes leads to links in which the English author is mentioned in passing or as part of a broader story. More times than not, these side trips become worthwhile journeys of their own. Today we look at some of these online detours… more goodness …

Jane Austen’s Legacy ~ A Festival in Louisville

Jane Austen’s Legacy ~ A Festival in Louisville

Three years ago I moved to Kentucky from California, and naturally there were many reasons why we chose this area. A big one was the JASNA Region in Louisville, albeit more for me than my husband! Located about forty miles from where we live, it is an easy, beautiful countryside pictorial drive for the meetings… more goodness …

Aspen on Austen and a Giveaway

Aspen on Austen and a Giveaway

I entered the world of Austen by fits and starts, first with film adaptations, then by reading her novels, then by reading JAFF, then by writing it. Somewhere along the line, I became aware of the Jane Austen Society of North America, or JASNA. A little poking around on the main JASNA website led me… more goodness …

Winners of the “Find The Austen Authors” Giveaway from AGM 2015

Winners of the “Find The Austen Authors” Giveaway from AGM 2015

While in Louisville for the JASNA AGM, the six Austen Authors who attended conducted a “scavenger hunt” of sorts. Participants were to find Sharon Lathan, Regina Jeffers, Melanie Schertz, Rose Fairbanks, Elizabeth Ann West, and Sarah Price, and have the author initial a special postcard (*see below). Placing the completed postcard into the AuAu bowl… more goodness …