2016 Emma Program Suggestions Needed


 

Jane-Austen-Emma-1816It is planning time for the year 2016, and we are asking your input for program ideas.  2016 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Emma, and in keeping with the 2016 AGM theme of Emma, we ask that program suggestions center on that book.  You may also attend the planning meeting.

The planning meeting will be on Sunday, September 13, 2015, from 2-4 p.m. at the St. Louis Bread Company located in the Loughborough Commons, near Highway 55 and Loughborough (across from Carondelet Park).  The address is 1008 Loughborough Avenue, 63111

 

 

For the four meetings per year, a variety of programs can be considered:

  • March and September –  speaker presentations, open to the public.
    • Literary in nature (often presented by a professor or other academic)
    • A special area of interest to JASNA members – As we did with Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park, we will probably use the March meeting to hold a “Reading of your favorite passages from Emma.
  • June (members-and-their-guests) – often a book review or discussion, delivered by one of our club members or another other lighter topic
  • December (members-and-their-guests) – a birthday celebration for Ms. Austen – mostly light and entertaining in nature, also delivered by one of our club members.

 

Deadline for submissions is September 6, 2015.   Those can be make using the convenient online contact form below.

You can conveniently use your Regional Coordinators’ (Rose Marie Nestor and Jim Heine)  online contract form to submit your ideas and suggestions for your 2016 Emma programs.

 

In Memoriam


 

Our national organization reports, via the UK’s Telegraph newspaper, that Austen fans have lost another author and long-time advocate of Jane Austen. Marie Dobbs made an interesting life for herself and penned other works besides her 1975 completion of Sanditon, as her Telegraph obituary indicates:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11790472/Marie-Dobbs-author-obituary.html

Last month, the Telegraph also marked the passing of Austen scholar Irene Collins, perhaps best known for her book, Jane Austen and the Clergy (1994):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11753737/Irene-Collins-historian-obituary.html

Some years ago, Jane Austen and the Clergy was the topic at one of our summer luncheon meetings, held that year at the Chatillon-DeMenil House.

 

Revisiting the A&E/BBC’s 1995 P&P

Finally, on a lighter note, if you need an excuse to skip over to England in the next few weeks, here is the perfect reason for making the trip, courtesy of the Basingstoke Gazette:

http://www.basingstokegazette.co.uk/leisure/general/13582167.Selected_cast_and_director_of_1995_BBC_Pride_and_Prejudice_to_attend_Chawton_conference/?ref=fbshr

For more information about the the library’s Sept. 5 presentation, “BBC Pride and Prejudice 1995: Reflections Around a Much-Loved Production,”  visit the Chawton House Library’s website,

www.chawtonhouse.org, or simply click on this link for a program agenda: www.chawtonhouse.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/ProgrammePP3.pdf

Among the presenters Sept. 5, our own Devoney Looser (a.k.a., Stone Cold Jane Austen, www.devoneylooser.com/roller-derby.html). Now with Arizona State University, Devoney’s topic will be “Playing Mr. Darcy, from Archery to Wet Shirts.”

Also, you may recall that Chawton House Library founder Sandy Lerner was our 2012 Birthday Luncheon guest.

And speaking of topics, this is a good time to remind everyone that our next JASNA Metropolitan St. Louis Region meeting is Sept. 26 at the University City Public Library. Dr. Toby Benis, of Saint Louis University’s College of Arts and Sciences and a fellow region member, will speak on “Jane Austen’s Portsmouth.” The 2 p.m. presentation is open to the public; so please invite your family and friends. The library is located at 6701 Delmar Blvd., University City, Mo. We’ll see you then.