Program of Events

Meeting 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. Fee is $5.00. All are welcome.

The following dates have been announced for the 2019/2020 JASNA Vancouver meetings

Nov. 16:  Please join us when author and UBC archivist Dr. Sheldon Goldfarb comes (perhaps with deerstalker cap in hand?) to speak on “Conan Doyle is no Jane Austen.” Dr. Goldfarb is a member of Stormy Petrels of British Columbia, Vancouver’s Sherlock Holmes Society, which meets monthly to discuss the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Up for discussion will be one of Doyle’s best-known stories written in 1890, “Sign of the Four” which Dr. Goldfarb says contains a subplot concerning  the matrimonial prospects of some characters. Though he cannot be certain Conan Doyle ever read Austen, he may, says Dr. Goldfarb, have been “imitating imitators or the genre of matrimonial fiction.” In addition to penning his own award-nominated murder mystery in 2005 plus two academic books on William Makepeace Thackeray, Dr. Goldfarb has drawn from his own notes for a new work entitled “Sherlockian Musings” which is now out and can be ordered at

Dec. 14:  Our annual birthday tribute to Jane Austen and special Christmas celebration. We will welcome special guest Justin Newell, Art Historian, Fine Artist: Painter and Photographer to discuss British artists who were Austen contemporaries including John Constable, Sir Thomas Lawrence and Joseph Mallord William Turner and, as a contrast, William Blake.

Feb. 15: TBA

These Spring dates will be confirmed in October.

March 21

April 18

May 16

June 13