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.

2017 season:

We are now on our regular July/August hiatus.


**Mark September 23 on your calendar as the date for the first meeting of the fall season.**

“Jane Austen’s illness, death, and legacy” will be discussed by a panel of our members to consider the lasting impact of her books and other writing over the past two hundred years. As this program is still being shaped, you are invited to contact the Program Committee to share your ideas or participate.

The following dates are also confirmed and information will be posted ASAP on the program for each meeting:

Oct. 21

Nov. 18

Dec. 16

A brief summary of the books reviewed at the Books and Berries. More information is posted on the NEWS and NOTES page:

“What Regency Women Did For Us” by Rachel Knowles, a compilation of twelve outstanding Austen contemporaries whose contributions, including, of course, Jane Austen, continue to enrich our lives today. Reviewed by Laureen.

“A Jane Austen Education” by William Dersiewicz extolling the unexpected (for him) pleasures of discovering Austen and the “Constant Love” book series by Sophie Turner which outlines interesting “what happened next” plots using Austen characters. Reviewed by Mary A.

“Textiles the Whole Story” by Beverly Gordon wherein the author explains how the development of fabrics altered the course of human history and continues to do so down to the present day. Reviewed by Iris. (Thanks Iris for organizing the book reviews).

J.E. Austen-Leigh’s “A Memoir of Jane Austen by Her Nephew” and “Walking to Camelot: A Pilgrimage Along the Macmillan Way Through the Heart of Rural England by John Cherrington. Sandy reviewed these books in her inimitable reviewing style which always amuses and entertains.

Margaret Drabble’s “The Dark Flood Rises” was reviewed by Sue who found this meditation on aging and death highly enjoyable in spite of the subject matter.

Tour Opportunity:  Members are warmly welcomed to sign up for “Remembering Jane” a tour scheduled for this October 15-29 to celebrate Jane Austen’s legacy and consider her impact since her death 200 years ago. This 15-day English adventure will take in many locations familiar to Austen readers including Bath, Steventon, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Godmersham, Chawton, and Blenheim Palace. There will also be an opportunity to spend a few days in London. For more information please contact Keiko Parker at or Dianne Globe, tour organizer, Pauwels Travel Bureau, at