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:

May 27:  JANE AUSTEN DAY. Doors will open at 10 a.m. for this meeting.

We welcome this year’s JASNA Travelling Lecturer, Timothy Erwin, Ph.D, from the University of Nevada as our morning speaker for our annual Jane Austen Day. Professor Erwin’s talk, entitled “Seeing and Believing in Northanger Abbey,” will examine the exaggerated humour of Austen’s most whimsical novel and its ties to the flourishing of caricature and comic prints in England which began in the 1770s. Are there parallels between her masterfully executed displays of wry humour and the visual culture of the period?

In the afternoon, Jessa Alston-O’Connor, M.A., an Art Historian, Educator, and Writer, will speak on”Canada in the Age of Jane Austen: Life and Art in early Canada 1775-1817.” Ms. Alston-Connors, lead adult and family educator at the Vancouver Art Gallery and a teacher at Emily Carr College, will explain her views and conclusions on what was unfolding in our fledgling colony during the period of Austen’s writing.

Of course, Jane Austen Day always includes a delicious catered buffet luncheon with choice of entree, so be sure to reserve your space by April 30 by going to as this event is one of our most popular of the year. Tickets are $40 for members and $50 for non-members and guests and you may choose an entrée at time of registration. Please make cheques payable to JASNA Vancouver.

June 17:  “Books and Berries” – our last meeting until September will again feature contributions from our members’ libraries available for purchase at unbelievably low prices. Members are encouraged to contact the program committee if they wish to review a book at the meeting. As always, we will enjoy a potpourri of delicious berry desserts in addition to our usual wonderful choices of potluck finger food.

PREVIEW: The first meeting of the fall schedule in September (date to be announced) will focus on “Jane Austen’s illness, death, and legacy.” A panel of members will consider the lasting impact of her books and other writings 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.