A-Z Challenge ~ JASNA – Jane Austen #atozchallenge

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About six years ago I found Jane Austen and devoured every single one of her books. My favorite by far is Persuasion, but there’s not a single one I dislike.

This year is the 200th anniversary of Mansfield Park, and JASNA (Jane Austen Society of North America) is celebrating. I belong to JASNA and go to all of the Southwest meetings. If you’re a fan, find the charter in your area. This Spring they are having a great meeting at UCLA with a tour of their botanical gardens to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mansfield Park.

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Here’s a sneak peek at what sort of things we’ll be doing at the Spring meeting.

They have confirmed four wonderful speakers so far: Kim Wilson, the author of In the Garden with Jane Austen, who will speak about one of the novel’s major themes: gardens in Jane Austen’s day; Anne Mellor, Distinguished Research Professor of English at UCLA, who will speak about the slave trade in Mansfield Park. Dr. John Halperin, the author of The Life of Jane Austen, and Phil Rundel of UCLA who will describe some of the UCLA gardens attendees may visit.

A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to go to Bath and visit her museum.

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The famous Pump Room so often referred to in her novels.

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The Jane Austen Centre in Bath

 Have you read all her books? What is your favorite Austen novel?