Monday 13 March 2018 at the Boston Public Library–Free talk/lecture with Ted Scheinan, author of–Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan.

To be held on 13 March, 2018, 6pm at the Boston Public Library, Central Branch, Boylston Street, Copley Square, in the Newsfeed Cafe — free talk/lecture with Ted Scheinan, author of the book: Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan.  More info. via the link —

An excerpt of the book is also featured in The Paris Review.



Via JASNA — Name change update: Chawton House (formerly Chawton House Library). Photo credit: the official Chawton House web site.

Photo credit: The official Chawton House web site — chawtonhouse(dot) org —

Via JASNA — the name Chawton House Library has been changed/updated to Chawton House —  to fully meet the mission guidelines.




Call for Submissions: JASNA Annual Essay Contest: Open to High School, College/University, and Graduate Students — 2018 theme celebrating Persuasion.

Just a quick word, JASNA — the Jane Austen Society of North America has an annual essay contest open to students in three (3) categories: 1) High School, 2) College/University, and 3) Graduate School.  The deadline for submissions is May 18, 2018.

The 2018 theme, celebrates the anniversary of Austen’s novel Persuasion — The trio of faith, hope and charity all feature in Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion. Discuss how possessing or lacking these qualities affects a character’s behavior and drives the plot. You may focus on one quality or examine the interplay of two or all three. You may include more than one character in your discussion.

For more information link to the main web page/url — there is a link to the FAQs, as well as Submission Guides and PDF documents poster/flyer.


JASNA Tour of England 2018 celebrating the publication of Persuasion.

Update February 2018–This year’s tour is full!  According to JASNA it filled two(2) weeks after being announced — so folks have to move/book fast!

JASNA has announced the theme of its 2018 England Tour — will be to celebrate the publication of Austen’s Persuasion.  More info on their website/URL/link below —



Mass. JASNA’s Annual Birthday Celebration for Jane Austen.

All photos by Dena Barisano, copyright 2017.

Today, a dear friend treated me to an early holiday present, we attended the Mass. Chapter of JASNA’s annual Jane Austen birthday celebration event.  This year in 2017, it was a concert featuring a Musical Program by Laura Jeppesen on the viola da gamba, Catherine Liddell on the lute, and tenor Jason McStoots.

It was held at Endicott House in Dedham, Massachusetts — my photo of the stately entrance is above. It is owned by MIT and part of a conference center complex.

The concert was held on the second floor, up this lovely staircase (see my photo below).

IMG_0219The music was just wonderful, and afterwards we had tea in what is apparently called the “gun room,” but  the folks at our table, renamed it “the library,” with tables very festively set in red and green. My photo of “the library/gun room” is below.


Thanks to all at Mass. JASNA that organized this event!

For more information about Endicott House link/url is below: