Members Meeting - Sept 27 2014

Fall Reading


In the freshness of fall and a newly renovated hall, JASNA Calgary members gathered to celebrate the work of Jane Austen. New program coordinator Carol introduced the exciting upcoming events including the annual Jane Austen Tea on January 17. Also, she provided a copy of the proposal from Edmonton for the JASNA AGM to be held in Banff in 2018.

Judith then highlighted several new offerings from the library including What Matters In Jane Austen?, The History of England, and a modern retelling of Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid. She also read an excerpt from the fascinating Memoirs of A Highland Lady.


Lady Susan: a Savoury Parody of the 18th Century Female Rake

Our own Elizabeth then delighted those in attendance with her play "Lady Susan: a Savoury Parody of the 18th Century Female Rake." Elizabeth took the part of the narrator while Anne Marie simpered as Lady Susan, Randy cowered as her daughter Frederica Vernon, Amber empathized as Mrs. Johnson, Linda glowered as Mrs. Vernon, and Stuart dazzled as Reginald De Courcy. The play was written, as the story, in a series of letters between characters. However, where the book does not allow us to see what the recipient feels as he or she reads each epistle, the play allowed us a peek into that experience. Dressed in Regency attire, the entire cast was a pleasure to behold.