2019, March 10 – Mrs. Allen’s Closet OR Costume in the Time of Jane Austen

“Mrs. Allen’s Closet; OR Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen” looked at the revolutionary changes in women’s dress during Jane Austen’s lifetime.  What were these changes, what prompted them, and have there been similar fashion revolutions in modern times – our presenter, Cathy Reilly led an interesting conversation with … READ ON


The 2019 JASNA annual AGM is in Colonial Williamsburg VA this year (Oct 4 -6).  The hotels are open for booking your reservation starting TODAY / NOW.  (All AGM programs will be held at the Williamsburg Lodge.)  If you want to attend, I strongly encourage you to book your reservation … READ ON

A Tantalizing Austen Fragment

  From BBC South Today, a recent four-minute report about a fragment of Jane Austen’s handwriting that will go on display in Chawton later this year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uKJCBm_L6I The subject of the fragment is prayers and praying, and perhaps by extension, preaching, a subject Austen approached also in chapter 34 of … READ ON

Back Issues of Persuasions on Sale

Back issues of Persuasions on sale. The region has acquired limited quantities of JASNA’s literary journal Persuasions, ranging from No.17 in 1995 to the current issue, No.34. Each contains articles that were presented at the previous year’s Annual General Meeting. So if you have gaps in your collection, you can fill them now. Review the list at “Persuasions for sale“.  (The list is two pages, so scroll down.) Contact Kerri Spennicchia at kspennic@ix.netcom.com to purchase. All proceeds benefit JASNA–NY Metro.

Lizzie Bennet Diaries to do Emma Next

“Lizzie Bennet Diaries” Team Will Take On Jane Austen’s Emma Next

And finally, this also from our NYC colleagues, who keep close track of these things: After scoring one of the biggest Web series hits of 2012 with “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,” Streamy winner Bernie Su is ready to turn another Jane Austen classic—Emma—into a witty, teen-friendly vlog (video blog). To wit: http://www.tubefilter.com/2013/08/02/emma-approved-bernie-su-jane-austen-lizzie-bennet-diaries.