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The Republic of Pemberley

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Austen In Boston: A Jane Austen Book Club

Austen on stage:

December 14-16, 2018, Shakespeare and Company, Lenox MA will do a costumed reading of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.

November 28-December 23, 2018 Merrimack Repertory Theater will present MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY, By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, Directed by Bridget Kathleen O'Leary, Featuring Veronika Duerr.

Articles by local JASNA members:

How I Came to See Fanny Price's Light

The Privilege of My Own Profession: The Living Legacy of Austen in the Classroom

Inherited and Living Variables: The Choices of Sisters and Brothers in Mansfield Park

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Regional Co-Coordinators: Jill Crowley and Carolyn Jack
Webmaster: Carolyn Jack
Treasurer: Angela Jack
Secretary: Julie DeWitt
Members of the Steering Committee: Marcia Folsom, Elizabeth Philipps, Isa Schaff, Amy Wertheim, Nancy Yee, Marianne Redmond


This is an open invitation to deepen your pleasure in and enrich your enjoyment of Jane Austen: If you really love Jane Austen, consider joining JASNA (The Jane Austen Society of North America) and JASNA Massachusetts, a local Region of JASNA. We welcome all who enjoy Jane Austen's works. Our JASNA Massachusetts Region is one of the many Regions of the national organization of JASNA, and includes all JASNA members who are residents of New Hampshire and Rhode Island as well as Massachusetts. We have many Austen scholars among our membership as well as those who simply enjoy reading Austen and sharing their pleasure with others.

We hold five events during our membership year: four regular meetings (September, November, March and May), plus a celebration of Jane Austen's birthday in December. These events usually consist of a talk or lecture lasting about an hour, followed by discussion and refreshments. We'd be very pleased to have you join us at our next meeting.

Meeting fee is $5 members, $10 non-members. Non-members may attend up to five events before joining JASNA.


NOTE: Back to our old Location!

The spring 2018 events will be held on Sunday afternoon at 2pm at Wheelock College, in the Ladd Room, 43 Hawes St, Brookline. This is the location where our meetings were held last year. Our thanks to Wheelock College!!

On the MBTA's green line, the Riverside (D line) trains stop at Longwood or Fenway. Click here for driving directions.

2017 - 2018 Season

May 20, 2018

Claire Bellanti

JASNA President

You Can Get a Parasol at Whitby's: Circulating Libraries in Jane Austen's Time

This is an illustrated talk about an 18th century social institution that was central to Jane Austen in her own life and in her fiction, the Circulating Library. Bellanti provides a brief history of the circulating library, the development of the novel, publishing in the period, and the interactions between women and the novel. The talk includes citations from Austen's novels and letters to explain the importance of the circulating library and other forms of sharing books in Regency England.

Claire Bellanti is the President of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). She holds an MA (European History) from UNLV and an MBA from UCLA. Retired from a 35 year career as a library professional at UCLA, she specialized in public services and preservation storage facilities. In addition to lectures and articles in the area of her professional interests, Ms. Bellanti has lectured and written on the Sadleir Collection of 19th Century Literature, 19th Century Silver Fork novels, and publishing Jane Austen in the 19th Century, using materials located in the UCLA Library Special Collections Department. A member of JASNA since 1987, she has actively participated in local JASNA activities and served as JASNA's Vice-President for Regions from 2010-2013. Although it can be difficult fitting more in alongside Jane Austen, her other interests include 19th European literature and history (with an emphasis on Great Britain and Russia), quilting, knitting, and gardening.

2018 - 2019 Season

Save the dates!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sunday, May 19, 2019

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