Program of Events


Registration is at 10:15 a.m. at St. Phillip’s Anglican Church Fireside Room, 3737 West 27th Ave., Vancouver, B.C.

Meetings get underway at 10:30. Meeting fee is $5.00.

2018 season:

Dec. 15: Join us for a little holiday merrymaking, enjoy a special luncheon featuring a Holiday Ham, and raise a toast to celebrate dear Jane’s birthday!

This year we welcome the return of one of our most popular guest speakers, Fashion Historian Ivan Sayers who will present an overview of the popular fashions of Jane Austen’s day. As this meeting is consistently well attended and space is limited, we are asking everyone to email their RSVP to Elaine, our Treasurer at by December 8. Please put RSVP JASNA in the subject line. Registration on the day of the meeting is at 10 a.m. and things kick off at 10:15.

The meeting fee is, as always, $5.00 per person (exact change appreciated) and please bring a festive side dish such as a salad or a dessert. Much appreciated!

As a special added attraction we are also featuring a gift draw. If you can contribute something appropriate, please bring the item (gift wrapped if possible) to the meeting. Tickets for the draw are $2.00 each or three for $5.00. Contact Pam Ottridge at for more information. Also, if you can help set up tables, etc. for the meeting, please come early.  Again, much appreciated.

There will be no library at this meeting so books are due at the Feb. 9 meeting.

We will take our regular January hiatus, and gather for the first meeting of 2019 on Feb. 9, followed by  March 2, April 13 (Jane Austen Day), May 11 and June 15. Watch for exciting events coming our way!

FEB. 9:  Guest speaker Spencer W. Stuart, Book Historian and Collections Advisor, presents “Now or Never:  The Origins and Influences of the Kilmarnock Burns.”

In July,1786, Robert Burns’ Poems:  Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect” was published. The attention the work garnered for the 27-year-old  ‘Heaven-Taught Ploughman’ was immediate, catapulting him the into the Edinburgh literati. Soon the work brought world-wide acclaim and readers clamoured for more. Mr. Stuart will discuss Burns’ meteoric rise and the publishing of the early editions of his work known as the “Kilmarnock Burns and Edinburgh Editions.” He will also explore the fascinating connections between Burns’ voice and the rise of Scottish national identity which transformed him into an avatar of Scottishness which continues into the modern day.

Mr. Stuart received a master’s degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute in London, England. He then took a position with Bonhams Auction House where he worked closely with the North American Rare Books and Manuscripts department in New York and Toronto. He received the Director’s award from the Courtauld and the Directors’  Scholarship from the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia in the U.S. He has a collections management service based in Vancouver.

MARCH 2:  “Presenting Fanny Palmer:  Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister” is the title of a presentation from our March guest speaker, author Sheila Johnson Kindred. Charles Austen’s wife Fanny Palmer led an extraordinary life as the wife of a naval officer who also raised her children aboard a working ship. This genteel young woman, born in Bermuda, met Jane’s brother Charles Austen and married him at the age of 18. Thus began a life of great adventure on the high seas. In fact, her sister-in-law Jane, with whom she had an amicable relationship, seems to have been influenced by Fanny when she described several female characters in “Persuasion.”

Ms. Kindred, a resident of Halifax, attended Western University and the University of Toronto. She taught in the Philosophy Department of Saint Mary’s University and has given many talks throughout Canada. She is both a member of JASNA and the Jane Austen Society of the UK and recently spoke at the AGM in Kansas City. Her book won the John Lyman Book Award for Naval and Maritime Biography.