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Discuss Claire Tomalin’s “Jane Austen: A Life”

June 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Contact Sarah Rose Kearns for location and more information.

The details of this meeting are to be announced soon; but for now, please be advised that our topic of discussion will be Claire Tomalin’s contemporary-classic biography Jane Austen: A Life. This work was published in 1997, and there seem to be quite a few inexpensive used copies for sale online. It’s also available as an eBook.
Up second, when we convene in July, is Gill Hornby’s new novel Miss Austen, a well-researched work of fiction inspired by the life of Jane’s sister Cassandra. This one is reasonably-priced at BookOutlet.com (thanks, Nicole!). July meeting date TBA.
And finally — if the current Black Lives Matter protests are prompting you, too, to reassess your relationship with systemic racism and anti-Blackness: may I suggest you take a look at this Daily Beast article from February, which — click-baity headline notwithstanding — is in fact a celebration of Austen’s broad appeal, with numerous perspectives from Janeites of color about their relationship to her work and their experience in the fan community. (Full disclosure: reporter Jasmin Chua interviewed me for this piece, though I wasn’t quoted.) It’s maybe a good place to start, when thinking about how JASNA NY might become even more friendly and diverse than it is right now.
Do you have any recommendations for books, articles, blog posts, podcasts, videos, or other resources created by and/or about BIPOC in relation to Jane Austen, her fans, or her world? If so, please feel free to send them my way. I’m compiling a list!


June 25
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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