Jennifer Cothran

Books & Berries: Annual Book Sale Fundraiser & Member Book Reviews

Our Books & Berries meeting began with our annual book sale fundraiser. There were so many books donated that you could hardly see the tables beneath that displayed them! During the housekeeping/announcement portion of the morning we were informed by our Regional Coordinator, Janice Mallison, that the Toronto chapter of JASNA will be closing. This …

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“Let a Woman be Seen: Henrietta Bowdler’s Novel Pen Tamar”

Our guest speaker for the day was Dr. Cindy Aalders of Regent College. She gave a presentation on Henrietta Maria Bowdler (1750–1830), a writer and literary editor who lived in Bath at the same time as Jane Austen. Like Austen, Bowdler was something of a force in contemporary literary and religious circles. Half the leaders …

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Jane Austen Day

Our program for the day included 3 knowledgeable and entertaining guest speakers, a rare collection of first editions of Jane Austen’s novels, and a fantastic catered lunch! Our first speaker, David Lank, told us about his mother Edith (February 27, 1926 – January 1, 2023) who was born during the Great Depression and became a …

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Member Panel Discussion: “Shocking and Scandalous”

Our panel discussion topic of the day was “Shocking and Scandalous”. Five members chose a rogue and made their arguments for which of Jane Austen’s characters engaged in seductions, illicit liaisons, adultery, elopements, secret engagements or betrayals was the most scurrilous. The Panel Members, their characters of choice and arguments were: Meghan Hanet – Mr. Elliott …

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Regency Fashion in Film

Marlo de Vaal presented a talk focusing on how the legacy of Regency fashion (1811 – 1820) has been translated on-screen addressing the question, “Does inaccurate always mean bad?” Marlo discussed the numerous adaptations of Jane Austen’s most famous novels and how despite the fact that Austen provides few descriptions of her characters’ outer appearances, …

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