Take a look at a list of some new Austen related books compiled from book ads from the Minneapolis AGM on the 'Austen Reading List' page!
2014—Montreal “Mansfield Park—Contexts, Conventions, Controversies”
2015—Louisvllle “Living in Jane Austen’s World”
2016—Washington, D.C. “Emma at 200: No One But Herself”
2017—Los Angeles “tba”
Save the date--December 13--JA Birthday Tea Columbia Club
Another way to stay in touch and keep up with the latest Austen related news--join our
“JASNA Region members must be members of JASNA.”
In order to attend region meeting and events, membership in JASNA is mandatory after the first visit.
The advantages of membership in JASNA are…
• A subscription to the society'ʹs newsletter, JASNA News, published three times a year, which contains book reviews, news from JASNA regions, feature articles, and more
A copy of Persuasions, JASNA'ʹs annual journal and a preeminent source for Austen studies, contains essays from the Annual General Meeting as well as articles written by members on Jane Austen, her family, her art, or her times. (Persuasions: Online is available to the public on JASNA’s web site. It is updated periodically and contains unique articles not found in the printed journal.)
• The opportunity to join in the activities of one or more of JASNA’s regional groups in the United States and Canada
• An invitation to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM), a three-‐‑day, Austen-‐‑themed conference held each fall in a different North American city, featuring speakers, entertainment, banquet, and Regency ball
• Participation in members-‐‑only tours to England, organized and led by professionals with special access to Austen sites.
Membership renewal month is October.
We need volunteers to work on decorations, program ideas and presentations, website management, and newsletter publication. We know many of you have the talent and creativity, if not the time, to help out just a bit. If you are interested in becoming more active in our group, please contact Sue Landaw at firstname.lastname@example.org. Is there interest out there to share favorite tea recipes? Scones? Sandwiches? Breads? Cakes?
Since one of our favorite pastimes after reading Jane Austen
is enjoying an afternoon tea, we are thinking of collecting your favorite tea
share in the newsletter or at some of our events. Please send a favorite tea
recipe—beverage, sandwich, cake, scone, bread, whatever-- my way, and we will
see where this collection leads.
Austen News Clippings--
How many of you receive Kerri Spennicchia’s emails about
Austen related news. Kerri is a
very active member of the New York Region. I can’t keep up with all the news
items she sends out. If you are
interested in receiving her clippings, here is her address: email@example.com
Have you heard.....
...Chawton's Jane Austen House Museum was able to acquire Jane Austen's ring which had
been purchased by Carrie Underwood.
....The Lizzie Bennet Diaries won an Emmy for special media presentation
...that Amy Patterson, of Ohio, who co-owns Jane Austen Books, wrote an essay
which appeared in the latest Regency World Magazine. Congrats, Amy!
...the P and P musical received more awards than any other musical in the New
York Musical Theatre's Festival's Awards for Excellence.
...Sandy Lerner, to whom we all owe a great debt for purchasing the Chawton
House property and restoring it to glory, has written her own sequel to Pride
and Prejudice--Second Impressions. She writes under the name of Ava
Farmer (she owns Ayrshire Farm in Virginia....get it?)
....Madame Toussaud's now has a Colin Firth figure.
...about the Jane Austen Fan Kit app?
...or seen the Amanda Vickery documentary, "The Many Lovers of Jane Austen?"
Featured is Charles Spencer, Viscount Althorp, the brother of the late Diana
Princess of Wales.
...about the book by Lindsay Ashford, wife of Steve Lawrence of Chawton House--The Mysterious Death of Jane Austen Was Jane Austen poisoned?
...the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, was the high bidder for the Austen
manuscript of The Watsons at 1.6 million US dollars.
Merchandise and Information from Bath
The Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England, is a wonderful source for books and other Austen related merchandise. Becca will happily answer all your questions. The address is www.janeausten.co.uk.
Three charming workers (and one rather staid Regency lady) at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England
I have information about Regency costumes from "The Dressmaker's Shop" in Leslie, Michigan. Go online to check it out.
There is also a costume maker, Becky Sanders in Avon who will make a Regency costume for you. She charges $10 an hour labor fee. Go to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In Newsweek recently, there was an article entitled "Not So Plain Jane" written by Sarah Ball. The former department chair of Sondra Bowers sent it to her and she, in turn, sent it to me. I have to admit it caused an unusually strong reaction on my part which I will share here. If you can take a look at the article (so far I have been unable to scan it for you here), do so. The main point of the article is that JA loyalists and "harrumphing English teachers with Austen-filled syllabi" should step up and do something about the Zombies and other spin-offs of the Austen canon or else shame themselves into oblivion. Here is my response:
Response to “Not So Plain Jane”
I share Sarah Ball's sentiments to a point. After seeing Abraham Lincoln, Vampire-Slayer at Borders and hearing about future zombie/ undead/ monster/ themed books coming out based on some other otherwise "sacred" literary texts, I do not agree that it is the sole responsibility of authentic Austen devotees that this tide of ridiculousness be stemmed.
The whole Twilight- inspired fascination with this genre has mystified me from the beginning. I strongly defended J.K.Rowling's raking in billions of dollars on the basis that her books got many non-readers converted to reading. Whether those readers continued to read other offerings has not been measured. So, whether those folks devouring (pardon the pun) werewolf and zombie books, will also read 'quality'' literature remains to be seen. Maybe not.
Bottom line--nothing seems to be sacred or beyond the reach of bastardization by hack writers and greedy publishers. As a matter of fact, I am nearly 70 pages into a book called Gertrude and Claudius, which is a prequel to Hamlet. It portrays Hamlet as a smug, sexist prick and goes into more erotic detail of the marriage bed of Gertrude and Hamlet senior (I have yet to get to the part where Gertrude and her brother-in-law get it on, but it is already hinted at) than I find tasteful. Who wrote this sensationalization of Shakespeare's masterpiece? No hack, to be sure. None other than John Updike.
I think her scornful remark about someone paying $11,000 for a lock of Jane's hair is out of line. Who cares? That has nothing to do with the aforementioned sensationalizing, money-hungry writers and publishers. If I had the funds, I would not hesitate to purchase some authentic artifact which once belonged to Shakespeare, I think.
She analyzes, albeit perfunctorily, the present phenomena of gore-ridden spin-offs which baffle many of us. However, her calling on "harrumphing Engish teachers with Austen-filled syllabi" is misdirected. Sadly, can you imagine the raucous rebellion at North Central if its English Department were asked to agree to put Jane Austen in the curriculum in place of Frankenstein, Julio and Romiette, or whatever contemporary fluff they now have in place?
She says "unless someone speaks up" familiarity with the authentic Austen will continue to fade. I think she needs to try to view this with more of a sense of humor. As the young woman at Starbucks who said that she loved Jane Austen and "I haven't read any of her books, but I've seen all her movies." or with the great increase in JASNA membership after Colin Firth strode across the grass in the wet, clingy shirt, new devotees of "authentic Austen" will come from directions other than the English classroom.
Haven't we all seen terrible, horrible, shameful presentations of Shakespeare? Jane is right behind him--on all counts.
'nuff said. I guess I needed to vent.
information: Sue Landaw email@example.com, 317-251-8284