Borrowing the words of Miss Bates, "It is such a happiness when good people get together—and they always do." Check the JASNA and Non-JASNA event calendars below for opportunities to join others in celebrating Jane Austen.
JASNA Regions host creative special events that all members of the Society are invited to attend. In many cases, non-members who would like to know more about JASNA are also welcome. (For information on Regional book discussions and other regular meetings, visit a Region's website or contact the Regional Coordinator.)
Regional Coordinators: To promote an upcoming special event, contact JASNA's Vice President for Regions, Debra Roush, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The events listed below are a small selection of upcoming events that may be of interest to Janeites. These events are not organized by JASNA or its Regions.
The Taft Museum is offering a look at two exciting and exclusive concurrent exhibitions this summer. Jane Austen: Fashion and Sensibility will give Janeites a rare chance to view familiar costumes up close! The exhibition features approximately fifty costumes and accessories worn in popular film and television productions, drawn from the collection of award-winning British costume house Cosprop Ltd.—bringing to life beloved characters played by Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, and more. Then hie thee to the Museum's Sinton Gallery to examine a wall-sized map of Georgian London. This extraordinary map, created in the mid-1700s, represents a monumental achievement in cartography and offers a rare opportunity to experience the history of one of the world's great cities. Trace the paths Austen and her characters took on their visits to Town.
Group reservations and general admission tickets are available now, and reservations are strongly suggested. Click here for more information.
TAFT MUSEUM OF ART
JUN 11-SEP 4, 2022
The theme of this year's four-day event is "Jane Austen and Shakespeare." We know that the Austen family delighted in theater in general and was well-versed (iambically?) in Shakespeare's works. Explore the influences and legacies of the beloved authors through Mansfield Park, King Lear, and All's Well That Ends Well. Presentations on food, costume, and material culture will provide context for each writers' era. Workshops on sewing and creative writing, as well as a Saturday evening murder mystery event, will further enliven the event. For more information, visit the Jane Austen Summer Program website.
HAMPTON INN- CARRBORO/CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA
JUN 16-19, 2022
Imagine a female novelist whose critically acclaimed works still sell very well long after her death. She never married and lived contentedly with her beloved sister, writing novels about life in a village among three or four families. If you guessed Jane Austen you are correct—and if you thought of Barbara Pym, you are also correct. Paula Byrne has published a biography that offers deep insights into Pym's life and work and some racy details gleaned from Pym's own letters, notes, and diaries. In collaboration with Boswell Books of Milwaukee, JASNA's Wisconsin Region invites you to hear an interview with Byrne about her book.
This event is free and open to all. Please click here to register and receive Zoom information.
JUN 8, 2022
7:00 PM, CENTRAL TIME