2018, Dec 8: The Annual Jane Austen Birthday Luncheon

Our annual Jane Austen Birthday luncheon was held at The Gatesworth.  Many members and their guests were present enjoy a delicious lunch and champagne toast followed by a lively game of Speculation taught and lead by JASNA member, Shelia Hwang, Ph.D.   Speculation (a fun, fast-paced card game featured in … READ ON

Jane Austen’s Portsmouth And the Dynamics of the Price Family

At the Saturday, Sept. 26, meeting of the St. Louis Metropolitan Region, Jane Austen Society of North America, members and guests experienced not one but two insightful presentations concerning Austen’s 1814 novel Mansfield Park. The presentations were offered by members Phyllis Thorpe and Toby Benis. Last year, at JASNA’s Montreal … READ ON

To Forgive is Divine – and Practical, Too

Robert Mai, a local member of the Metropolitan St. Louis Region of the Jane Austen Society of America, has written an article that is published on Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-Line. Robert Mai is a principal in Stakeholder Insights, an opinion research firm in St. Louis.  He teaches courses … READ ON

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 … READ ON

Kara Louise: How She Came to Writing and Jane Austen and Where It Led

Kara Louise's novel Darcy's Voyage - program presentation at Jane Austen Society in St. Louis

On June 6, members of the St. Louis Region of JASNA and their guests congregated at the lovely home of member Bettye Dew to enjoy one of her delectable luncheons and then a delightful presentation by author Kara Louise. Ms. Louise (her pen name) recounted the story of her exploration … READ ON

Assessing Belle

  (Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2014)   Last Thursday, May 8, several JANSA-StL members, ourselves included, attended a preview of the new costume drama Belle at Plaza Frontenac. Just released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Belle, as you may know already, is set in Georgian England and is based on the life … READ ON