December Regional Meeting

“Writing the Regency: Jane Austen and the ‘Strange Business’ in America” was the theme of our Regional Meeting on Saturday, December 14 held at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.  We were fortunate to catch our guest speaker, Prof. Robert Morrison o...

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Lizzy Bennet Boozy Tea

On Saturday, February 8th, Janeites gathered at The Storyteller’s Cottage in Simsbury, CT for Lizzy Bennet’s Boozy Tea. Guests were encouraged to bring their own sparkling beverages to add to the provided complimentary ‘tea-tinis.’ The available flavor...

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Emma. Movie Review

When Jane Austen introduced Emma Woodhouse, the eponymous title character in her 1816 novel Emma, she wrote the following: “I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.” The new adaptation of Emma. was released into theaters la...

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Persuasion Reading at King Manor

On the first two Saturday afternoons in February, local Janeites gathered at historic King Manor in Jamaica, to read aloud from Jane Austen’s last completed novel. Persuasion felt appropriate for the time of year, given our proximity to Valentine&#82...

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The Influence of Jane Austen on Other Authors

The prompt for the December 2019 Birthday meeting was as follows: Written in the style of a Trump Tweet from the perspective of Rev. Elton. Mrs. Clay total loser This spotty dog can’t hold onto her husband-so sad-good luck making a deal to marry William Elli...

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Report on JASNA-NY Metro Regional Meeting September

Saturday, September 14, JASNA-NY Metro held its fall meeting at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen. The program began with Laurie Morison leading a formal farewell to Nili Olay and Jerry Vetowich. They served two terms as innovative Regional Coordi...

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One Wish for Air and Liberty – Mansfield Park

A select group of JASNA-NY book group members met for our annual Box Hill picnic at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn on a surprisingly mild and sunny day in August.  At the highest elevation in Brooklyn, the cemetery afforded a vista over two counties, avenue...

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Report on JASNA-NY 40th Anniversary Dinner

The first-ever meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America took place in New York City on October 5, 1979.  To commemorate the 40th anniversary of our organization, twenty four JASNA-NY members gathered on Saturday October 5, 2019 for dinner at the...

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Report on the Brooklyn Book Festival

These days, physical bookstores are not as plentiful as they once were. Depending on where one lives, buying books in person may require getting into a car or relying on public transportation to get you to your book store of choice. The Brooklyn Book Festival ...

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Inside the Yale School of Music and the Instruments from Jane Austen’s Time

Walking onto the Yale campus feels as one has stepped back through time. With its historic and impressive Romanesque-style building (that style so beloved of Gothic writers!), one might expect to see the likes of Fanny Burney or Mary Shelley wandering through...

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