News & Notes

Modes of Transportation in Jane Austen’s novels

At the March meeting, Joan Reynolds discussed various modes of transportation found in Jane Austen’s novels and others of the period. As is often true today, the kind of vehicle, or carriage, one could afford to maintain was an indication of status and bank account. Thanks Joan for your spirited and humorous talk.

Don’t miss “A Season for Friendly Meetings: Exploring Jane Austen’s Influences and Legacy”

**NOTE:  The panel discussion has been rescheduled from Feb. 3 to Thursday, March 2.**

UBC’s Rare Books and Special Collections is delighted to announce that the Feb. 3 panel discussion which was postponed due to poor weather has been rescheduled. The date is now Thursday, March 2. A warm welcome is extended to all.

This panel discussion from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC (Lillooet Room, 301) will feature scholars from UBC and SFU speaking on topics ranging from “Jane Austen’s Print Trouble” to “Gothic Influence” to “Jane Austen as Popular Culture: Then and Now.” Moderated by UBC Professor Emeritus of English Dr. Herbert Rosengarten, the event is free and open to the public.
It is one of the many highlights featured in “Ever Austen: Literary Timelessness in the Regency Period’ , an exhibition mounted by UBC’s Rare Books and Special Collections on now until February 28 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of one of the world’s great authors.
RBSC is also celebrating the recent acquisition of First Editions of Austen’s ‘Northanger Abbey’ and ‘Persuasion’.
For more information to rarebooks@ubc.ca or call 604-822-2521.

Jane Austen Christmas luncheon

Our annual festive gathering featured a fascinating discussion on the Art of the Apothecary by Cole Benoit, proprietor of the Apothecary Bitters Company (www.apothecarybitters.com)

Michelle “mikes up” October guest speaker Dr. Herbert Rosengarten

Michelle “mikes up” October guest speaker Dr. Herbert Rosengarten, Professor Emeritus, UBC English Department, and Bronte scholar. Dr. Rosengarten gave a lively and quite fascinating presentation on the similarities and the differences in the approach to their novels of two of our favourite authors, Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte. He pointed out that the plots of “Jane Eyre” and “Pride and Prejudice” really have a great deal in common although the writing styles are very different.

Michelle “mikes up” October guest speaker Dr. Herbert Rosengarten, Professor Emeritus, UBC English Department, and Bronte scholar. Dr. Rosengarten gave a lively and quite fascinating presentation on the similarities and the differences in the approach to their novels of two of our favourite authors, Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte. He pointed out that the plots of “Jane Eyre” and “Pride and Prejudice” really have a great deal in common although the writing styles are very different.

2016 season

**The following books were reviewed by our members at the June Books and Berries meeting:

  1. Bonnie Herron reviewed “Jane Austen Sings the Blues” – a memorial book honouring  the late Bruce Stovel, esteemed Austen scholar.
  2. Sandy Lundy reviewed “Indigo: From Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans” by Jenny Balfour Paul.
  3. Elizabeth Walker reviewed “The Bronte Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects” by Deborah Lutz.
  4. Lorraine Meltzer reviewed “Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor” by Stephanie Barron.
  5. Irene Howard reviewed “Voices from the World of Jane Austen” by Malcolm Day.
  6. Aileen Hollifield reviewed “Miss Jane Austen’s Guide to Modern Life’s Dilemmas” by Rebecca Smith.
  7. Barbara Phillips reviewed “Fierce Convictions: The extraordinary life of Hannah More by Karen Swallow Prior.

FALL DATES:  Here are the dates of our fall/winter meetings. Watch for program announcements/changes here.

November 19:  “Writers in our Midst.”  We are delighted to welcome a trio of  our members to discuss how Jane Austen’s fiction has served as a source of inspiration for their own particular writing process. Bonnie Herron is the author of “My Courage Rises,” a work of historical fiction. Jennifer Bettiol has written her own completion of Austen’s “The Watsons.” Keiko Parker has recently published translations of  both “Emma” and “Persuasion” into Japanese.

Plus, we will have a review by members who attended the recent JASNA conference on “Emma at 200 – No One But Herself” which took place in Washington, DC.

December 10:  Don’t miss a fascinating discussion by Cole Benoit, proprietor of the Apothecary Bitters Company, who will delve into the art of the Apothecary.  Mr. Benoit’s company creates unique and appetizing bitters by hand using natural ingredients. These unique concoctions commonly used today in the blending of cocktails were, in Austen’s era, the basis of  tonics, medications, and various health treatments. “He had been at the pains of consulting Mr. Perry, the apothecary, on the subject.” (“Emma”)

Hycroft House presents: Garden Party at Pemberley

Sunday August 14th, 4 – 6 pm, $25.00
The University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft teams up with the Jane Austen Society of North America – Vancouver Region for an afternoon tea celebration of our favourite Regency period author. Featuring a short lecture on the author by Professor Amanda Burgess of UBC, plus other delightful activities as well as plenty of time to discuss your favourite moments from the novels. See updates at www.uwcvancouver.ca.

Japanese translations of Persuasion and EmmaKeiko at Chawton

Long time JASNA Vancouver member (1981) and former chairperson Keiko Parker has recently published Japanese translations of Persuasion and Emma and both have been given pride of place in the group of Austen’s translated works in the ‘Emma at 200’ exhibit at the Chawton House Library in England.

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At the Books and Berries meeting in June, new JASNA Vancouver member Violet Hayes (on the right) received this year’s Bountiful Basket from Aileen Hollifield. Congratulations Violet!

 

May Meeting Highlight

20160514_115834JASNA Vancouver president Michelle Siu (l) welcomed Ruth Williamson and her husband Ian from New Zealand to our May meeting.

Mrs. Williamson, the founder of the Jane Austen Society of New Zealand, presented a fascinating talk on Robert William (R.W.) Chapman, scholar and famed Austen editor. After graduating from Oxford with a First in Classics and Humanities, Chapman began his career at Clarendon Press where he rose to become secretary. He married Katherine Marion Metcalfe, an accomplished scholar in her own right who made significant early contributions to her husband’s work on Austen.

Chapman wrote for the Times Literary Supplement while serving in World War I. He published editions of five Austen novels in 1923. This was followed by editions of Austen’s miscellaneous work in the 1920s and ’30s which were eventually collected in a sixth volume entitled “Minor Works of the Novels of Jane Austen.” He edited Austen’s correspondence which was criticized by some critics but later published a three-volume edition of Samuel Johnson’s letters which garnered universal praise. Chapman was a contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary released during his tenure at Clarendon Press.

Chapman, according to Mrs. Williamson, was known as a most thorough and scrupulous editor; tireless in attention to correct grammatical usage and every other detail of the works which passed through his hands.

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Step into history! Stand and be counted!

You are invited to take part in a Guinness World Record Challenge when the Centennial Belles stage a Jane Austen Festival in Port Alberni  this July 8 and 9. The Belles are hoping to get in the record books for ‘The most persons dressed in Regency costume at one gathering.’ To beat the current record, more than 409 costumed participants are needed and Jane Austen fans are warmly invited to join in. For all information on the festival including suggestions for nearby accommodation, go to www.centennialbelles.ca.

Christmas Entertainments:phyl-linds

Celebrating Jane Austen’s birthday with good food and good friends on Dec. 12. Phyllis and Lindsay play the parts of Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner in Shannon Winslow’s vignette “Behind the Scenes” which highlights a lively discussion of Darcy’s feelings for Elizabeth after the visit to Pemberley.

Jane Austen’s Discovery

jasna120747Thanks to Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies Professor Richard Harvey for his presentation on May 23 of “Jane Austen’s Discovery” which had us all guessing about whose “voice” Austen was using in various prose passages. More than almost any other author, Mr. Harvey said, Austen’s books bring deep satisfaction to her readers. Part of her secret, he said, was her novel way of using language to explore the emotional makeup and responses of characters. With Austen’s writing, literature took a great leap forward and later writers, such as George Eliot, studied Austen to improve their own narrative style. Mr. Harvey, a Psychotherapist in private practice, has explored the work of many great authors in SFU’s Continuing Studies program. A list of his lectures can be found at www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/instructors/e-h/richard-harvey.html.

Jane Austen Day – a grand success featuring two delightful speakers!

The fur trade in Canada during Jane Austen’s time

Pride & Prejudice at Metro Theatre

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JASNA December Meeting

England expects every man (and woman) to do his (her) duty

jennifer-joanJennifer Bettiol (Lord Nelson) and Joan Reynolds (Captain Hardy) re-enacted Philip Stokes take on how regulations governing the British Navy have changed since the Battle of Trafalgar. Stokes, a former chairman of the Jane Austen Society of the U.K., gave his comedic presentation entitled Rears and Vices: the Georgian Royal Navy, at the recent JASNA AGM in Montreal. He is a direct descendent of Rear-Admiral Charles Austen, Jane’s brother, and is credited with giving her a gold chain and topaz, a scenario quite familiar to readers of Mansfield Park.

“Jane’s Bountiful Basket” Winner

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Naval historian Anthony Sessions

On March 22 we welcomed naval historian Anthony Sessions who gave an overview of the British Navy during Jane Austen’s lifetime with references to her seagoing brothers Charles and Francis and their accomplishments.

Mr. Sessions, a long time collector of Lord Nelson and other naval memorabilia, discussed the remarkable career of the admiral and, during the question period, spoke about the memorable exploits of Captain James Cook. He recently donated items from his fascinating personal collection to the Vancouver Maritime Museum for their exhibit “Nelson’s Letters”. To learn more, go to www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com.

Christmas & Jane Austen’s Birthday

Many members got in the spirit to celebrate Christmas and Jane Austen’s birthday at our December meeting. We thank Bonnie for producing this excellent collection of photos showing us in our best Regency finery!

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“Cosy Classics” children’s books

Holman Wang brought his “Cosy Classics” children’s books to the November meeting including “Pride and Prejudice” published last year and “Emma” which is about to appear. Holman and his brother Jack have ingeniously used just 12 words of print to describe the action in various classic tales including “Les Miserables”, “Tom Sawyer”, and “Moby Dick.” The books feature photos of fuzzy puppet dolls handcrafted by the Wang brothers to delight toddlers and their parents and introduce youngsters from babyhood up to classic literature.

Theatre at UBC Announces Pride and Prejudice

Click to see poster

Click to see poster

By Jon Jory (adapted from the novel by Jane Austen), Nov. 14 – 30, 2013 at the Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Rd., UBC

CURTAIN: 7:30 pm
TICKETS: Reg. $22/Senior $15/Student $10/Youth $2/Groups $2 off ~ plus service charges | $7 Preview Nov. 13
Talk Back: Wed. Nov. 20
BOX OFFICE: 604.822.2678

Jane Austen’s Families

Dr. June Sturrock

Dr. June Sturrock

Dr. June Sturrock, Professor Emeritus from Simon Fraser University, gave an entertaining presentation from her book “Jane Austen’s Families” (Anthem, 2013), focussing on mothers and daughters and fathers and daughters.

 

 

Celebration to honour the late Joan Austen-Leigh

On Sept. 14, several of our members attended a special celebration to honour the late Joan Austen-Leigh, one of three co-founders of the Jane Austen Society of North America,  hosted by the Victoria Jane Austen Society. Thanks to everyone who made our visit so enjoyable.

JASNA Vancouver June meeting: Books and Berries

The following books were reviewed by our members:

“What Happens in Jane Austen” by John Mullan and “The Chief Factor’s Daughter” by Vanessa Winn were reviewed by Mary Atkins.

“Patronage” by Maria Edgeworth was reviewed by Jackie Johnson.

“Tea with the Bennets of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: An Anthology of Recipes” by Margaret Vaughan and “The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen: A Novel” by Syrie James were reviewed by Lorraine Melzer.

“Britons” by Linda Colley”, “Jane Austen’s Juvenilia” and “Jane Austen in Style” by Susan Watkins were reviewed by Sandy Lundy

Stephanie Barron’s Jane Austen sequels: “Jane and the Man of the Cloth” and “Jane and the Wandering Eye” were reviewed by Irene Howard.

“The Best Laid Plans” by Terry Fallis was reviewed by Ron Sutherland.

“The Age of Wonder – How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science” by Richard Holmes and “Master Under Good Regulation” by Kara Louise were reviewed by Joan Reynold.

 

Winner of the draw for “Jane’s Bountiful Basket”

Audrey NormanAudrey Norman is this year’s winner of the draw for “Jane’s Bountiful Basket” – a cornucopia of delightful Jane Austen-related gifts which JASNA Vancouver gives away annually to some lucky new member. Audrey picked up her basket on June 15 at the conclusion of “Books and Berries”, the last meeting of the year before our summer hiatus.” See you in September.

Cultivating Sense from the Cult of Sensibility

SpoonersJane Austen Vancouver member Susan Spooner with her daughter Emma who was dressed in Regency finery for her presentation at the May 18 meeting on “Cultivating Sense from the Cult of Sensibility: The Influence of Frances Burney and Maria Edgeworth in Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.” Emma is engaged in post-graduate studies at the University of Calgary and working on her doctoral thesis which will have an Austen focus.

DSC_0070sm Special guest visitor JASNA president Iris Lutz (right) chats with a JASNA Vancouver Region member following her fascinating presentation on several houses occupied by Jane Austen and her family. Lutz gave a virtual tour of the various homes which Austen shared with her sister Cassandra, her mother, and other family members from her earliest years in Steventon Rectory to her final abode prior to her death and burial in Winchester Cathedral.
DSC_0071sm Civic Historian John Atkin (right) spoke on architecture of the Regency period on the afternoon of Vancouver’s annual Jane Austen Day and was a guest for lunch. Atkin conducts walking tours of Vancouver and also of London, England. More information on his tours is available at www.johnatkin.com.

Columnist explains how he was captured by wit and wisdom of Jane Austen

Vancouver Sun columnist Pete McMartin explains how he was unexpectedly captured by the wit and wisdom of Jane Austen on his first reading of Pride and Prejudice.

Thanks Mr. McMartin – the Vancouver Janeites share your views!”

 

  • Read the full article here

 

Jane Austen Day

Jane Austen Day, May 26, brought together our members to hear two excellent speakers. Dr. John Stape, adjunct professor of English, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver, spoke on Jane Austen and Mozart in the morning session while Dr. Pauline Beard, from Pacific University of Oregon, discussed Lady Bertram: Lover or Loafer? during the afternoon.

P.S., the catered lunch was delicious and the quizzes were fun. Thanks to all organizers!

“Emma” at Metro Theatre Vancouver

EmmaMetro Theatre Vancouver presents “Emma”, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel by Michael Bloom, from May 19-June 16 at 8 p.m. For tickets call 604-266-7191 or go to www.metrotheatrevancouver.com. The Metro Theatre is located at 1370 Southwest Marine Drive.

On April 28, a fully costumed Chris Dellinger (Mr. Knightley) and “Emma” director Joan Bryans gave a talk to JASNA Vancouver members on the process of bringing the novel to the stage.

 

St. Patrick’s Day brunch

Jane Austen Vancouver members enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day brunch after talks on Jane Austen’s Connections to Ireland by Joan Reynolds, Jennifer Bettiol and Laureen McMahon.

Suggested Reading List:

Jane Austen: The Parson’s Daughter by Irene Collins – Hambledon Press (1998) – available in JASNA Library:

Jane Austen and the Clergy by Irene Collins – Hambledon Press (2002) – available in JASNA Library:

Miniatures and Morals: The Christian Novels of Jane Austen by Peter J. Leithart – Canon Press (2004):

Jane Austen’s Anglicanism by Laura Moneyham White (2011) Ashgate.

(All are currently viewable on-line at Google Books).

Christ Church Cathedral Visit

Jane Austen Vancouver members visited Christ Church Cathedral to hear about Jane Austen and the Anglican Book of Common Prayer and take a tour of the refurbished cathedral.

Highlights of Forth Worth

Our JASNA Vancouver members recall highlights of Forth Worth, 2011

Dr. Rowan McMaster

Dr. Rowan McMaster consulted these works for his presentation to our region on Women on Men-of-War ships.

Consulted Works

Books and Berries books:

The following books were reviewed in June, 2011

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson reviewed by Joan Reynolds.

Dianna Mosley by Anne de Courcy reviewed by Sandy Lundy.

Up and Down Stairs: A History of the Country House Servant by Jeremy Musson reviewed by Joan Reynolds.

The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis reviewed by Elspeth Flood.

Mrs. Delany and Her Circle by M. Laird and A. Weisberg-Roberts reviewed by Sandy Lundy

Sugar: A Bittersweet History by Elizabeth Abbott reviewed by Joan Reynolds.

A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen edited by Susannah Carson reviewed by Phyllis Bottomer.

Plus – The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock and Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier.

Little Flower Academy Regency dancing

Little Flower Academy English students demonstrate Regency dancing for the Jane Austen Vancouver Region members on May 14.

Jane Austen Christmas

Ron Richardson’s presentation

Family therapist and Jane Austen enthusiast Ron Richardson’s presentation to JASNA Vancouver on March 20/2010

The Good Marriage in Jane Austen’s Novels (PDF)

Dr. Robert Miles’ presentation

Presentation by Dr. Robert Miles, University of Victoria, on Dec. 12

Jane Austen, Happiness and Moral Luck (PDF)

Victoria Tang’s award-winning essay

UBC student Victoria Tang’s award-winning essay (PDF) presented on Nov. 14.

Chawton House

On this video, Sandy Lerner, founder of Cisco Systems discusses her plans to search out books authored by long-neglected women writers of the 18th century for the Chawton House Library.

Ann Kent talk on gardens and floral design

Our region welcomed Ann Kent, a horticultural therapist and educator from VanDusen Botanical Gardens, on June 27 to give an illuminating talk on gardens and floral design from the Regency period.

Handout from the talk (PDF)

JANE AUSTEN DAY – The Law, Lords and Ladies

Seattle lawyer Jim Nagel was the featured speaker for this year’s Jane Austen Day in Vancouver. Following a catered lunch, the afternoon was filled with games and skits in the “drawing” room.

Thanks to all who organized the wonderful event.

Fun and Frivolity at KCTS Hycroft Tea:

To highlight their Masterpiece Classics series of Jane Austen programs, KCTS Seattle hosted a tea and dance at Hycroft in Vancouver. Several JASNA Vancouver members participated in the dancing exhibition for the 120 Austen fans who attended.

Talks for our members

The following talks were presented recently to our members in Vancouver. Click to read them.

‘Strangers filling their place’: Jane Austen and the Decline of the Landed Order” (PDF) by Haymen Leong. Presentation to JASNA Vancouver May 24, 2008.

Austen Lecture & Prologue (PDF)

Dr. John Hulcoop, Professor Emeritus of the University of British Columbia, presentation to JASNA Vancouver on Jane Austen Day, April 12, 2008.

Women’s Travel in the Time of Jane Austen (PDF)

by Barbara Hodgson

A talk for the Jane Austen Society, given on 8 April 2006, on the occasion of Jane Austen Day.

Soup and Snobbery: Food in the Novels of Jane Austen

by Tanya Lewis

A talk for the Jane Austen Society, given on 8 April 2006, on the occasion of Jane Austen Day.