If you feel that “There is a monsterous deal of stupid quizzing, & common-place nonsense talked, but scarcely any wit”, then we encourage to attend any or all of these events on Jane’s social calendar for “It is such a happiness when good people get together — and they always do.”
From lectures, teas, dances, and Jane’s Birthday there is something to attend yourself in the realm of a Janeite. Anyway, do not fret should you find yourself required to go alone because “from the whole she deduced this useful lesson, that to go previously engaged to a ball, does not necessarily increase either the dignity or enjoyment of a young lady.”
Memories are to be made and friends are to be had, “But remember that the pain of parting from friends will be felt by everybody at times, whatever be their education or state.”
See you there!
On Saturday, June 5, join JASNA St. Louis on Zoom for a lively and offbeat program—the premier episode of Just Plain Jane, a fictional chat show for Jane Austen enthusiasts! While exploring Jane’s own reading choices, we’ll address our favorite author by her first name and welcome a little cheekiness. Our home-grown, knowledgeable panelists will tackle such questions as: How do we know what Jane read? And what do we know about those books? What did she learn from them, positive and negative? Did these authors influence her own writing style?
Then stay tuned for our playful bonus program, “Jane’s Greatest Reader,” an original contest to find the top reader among all Austen characters! We’ll time-travel via the novels to six of Austen’s fictional country villages, where reporters will be standing by, ready with the latest developments in a hot competition to crown Jane’s own reading champion.
This original program was written by Life Member Bettye Dew, author of JASNA St. Louis’s December 2020 adaptation of Lady Susan, Facts Are Such Horrid Things.
This program is free and open to all. Registration is required.