Program of Events
Jane Austen Society of North America
Puget Sound Region







Maybe.  Maybe... MAYBE!  

There's a chance... just a chance... that our August meeting will be held in person! 

The Puget Sound area has been doing so well at getting vaccinated, that we may have the chance to try out a meeting in person.  Kimberly Milham is leading a discussion on Persuasion - her favorite of Jane Austen's books.  Well, it's the favorite of a lot of us!  Book discussions lend themselves to small groups discussing different aspects of a book.  A friendly, intimate back and forth of ideas and enthusiasm. Of course, it can be done online.  But we are thinking we may be able to do it in person!


We are watching the news, seeing the number of new cases, hospitalizations and very serious cases drop daily, as more and more of us are getting vaccinated.  What does that mean for us?  Well, the Governor has said that fully vaccinated people can gather in groups of any size, indoors or out.  We are expecting him to drop the mask mandate in the next few days (though many of us may continue to wear them.) 


This is a very personal decision - nobody should feel as if they have to attend, or have to wear a mask, or have to go unmasked.  We understand - it's all been agonizing and we don't want to let down our guard just when the finish line is finally in sight.  While we want all members to join us in this first outing in more than a year and a half, please come if you are vaccinated.  If you are not, we don't want you to take the risk. But just thinking about getting together is fun, isn't it?  Here is the information for the meeting:


Persuasion. Are You Persuaded?

Sunday, August 8, 2,pm

At the AGM in Fort Worth, a poll was taken of the members asking which was their favorite Austen novel. By a close but decided margin, Persuasion won the poll.  


Why?  Is it the somewhat older heroine that appeals to the modern independent woman? Is it because this is Austen’s last book and reflects the skilled maturity of her powers?

Do the experienced JASNA members relate to the possibility of second chances as their own vicissitudes have taught them? 

Here’s your chance to spout out your opinion.  Let’s discuss, cajole, argue and otherwise engage in lively debate about this well prized novel.

Take the time before our August 8th meeting to reread this short novel.  Or watch one of the filmed adaptations to remind you of what you’ve read already.

Some other questions to ponder----
What are the results of eight years of waiting for Anne? For Wentworth? 

What values do Sir Walter Elliot and Elizabeth represent? Captain Wentworth, the Crofts, the Harvilles and Benwick?

Jane Austen described her heroine in a letter to her niece Fanny Knight (23-25 March 1817), “You may perhaps like the Heroine, as she is almost too good for me.” Do you agree?

The characters are subject to different types of persuasion. Who is persuaded by rank/class/family connections? Who is persuaded by self-interest? Who is persuaded by self-importance?

The Crofts are portrayed as one of the few happily married couples in the novel. What is it about their relationship that seems so different from the other relationships portrayed in the book?

Join me in this lively discussion whether it is on Zoom or, we hope, in person.


Find a printable list of questions for the discussion here.

Kimberly Milham

Here's Your Chance!
To help a modern-day Jane Austen


JASNA  Information Services was contacted by an author, Amy Dyson, who is seeking a reader to review her draft novel.   She is willing to pay a stipend of $100 to someone who will take the time to read it and give her thoughtful feedback.

Here is her summary of the book, Leaving Norland Park:

LEAVING NORLAND PARK is a fast-paced 88,000-word retelling of Jane Austen’s SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. Informed by my 80’s Texas upbringing and love of Austen (and Austin), it tells the story of restrained Elinor and impulsive Marianne in a fresh, funny way, with Dallas snobs, Austin software nerds, and over-the-top Texas pride. 

I will add that I have tried — as the movie Clueless does — to imbue originality to the familiar Austen plot. Like Clueless pokes fun at Valley girls, my book is a send-up of Texas.

I have been working on the book for two years now and have enthusiastic readers in my family and friends. But I need honest feedback from impartial readers who are in my target audience (and JASNA is in the bullseye of my target audience). I will pay a $100 stipend to each reader who is interested. I would appreciate at least one reader, but even a few more would be welcome.

Contact:    Amy Dyson,  or JASNA Informational Services through our own Kimberly Milham

The Jane Austen Society of North America is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers and dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing.  The Puget Sound Region of JASNA serves Western Washington from the Canadian border to Southern Washington.  We sometimes partner with other regions near us - Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho Region and the Oregon and SW Washington Region

Vision:  Because literature has the power to change and enrich our lives, we want to see more people reading the great authors, with special emphasis on Jane Austen.

Mission:  Our mission is to foster among the widest number of readers the study, appreciation, and understanding of Jane Austen’s works, her life, and her genius.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement:  To fulfill JASNA’s mission of fostering among the widest number of readers the study, appreciation, and understanding of Jane Austen’s works, her life, and her genius, JASNA strives to ensure that all people are welcome and feel valued in its meetings, events, and community spaces. JASNA is committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Society. There is no place in JASNA for discrimination or exclusion, including on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, ability, appearance, or education.

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, scheduled events have changed to virtual programs.  This will continue as we follow the restrictions being recommended.  Of course, the health and well-being of our members is of utmost importance to JASNA Puget Sound, and we will not hold in-person meetings until it is safe to do so.  If a public event is scheduled as a gathering, please double-check this site a day or two before the event to be sure.  Or email us at:


Note: Unless otherwise stated*, our meetings begin at 2 p.m. on the second Sunday of every other month: February, April, June, August, October and December.  That said, any programs not on our regular schedule will be fitted in wherever we can find an opportune time, so do, please, check regularly.  We are finding opportunities online that we can't pass up, and of course, that's wonderful!


Because Washington State and King County in particular, is doing a spectacular job of getting the vaccine to people, 60 % of the population has received at least one dose, and 53% are fully vaccinated (as of June 24, 2021).  Because the Governor has said that fully vaccinated people can gather together and mingle without masks,  Wand we are expecting him to remove the restriction for social distancing, soon, we are evaluating whether we can have an in person meeting in August.  Please be patient a little longer as we sort out what is best to do.


Wondering about time zones, Daylight Saving Time adjustments, or the international date line?  Worry no more!  I just learned of this site - you can plug in dates, times, etc. and easily find out the date/time in another time zone.  So much easier than what I have been doing (which is scratching my head and asking my husband if he knows what time zone Timbuktu is in!  - It's Greenwich Mean Time,  and apparently, it's almost an hour past midnight tomorrow, 79° and I sure hope that's Fahrenheit!  They are also experiencing a dust storm, so I think I'll stay put.)

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