Jane Austen in Calgary


Lending Library

Members have access to the library during each Member Meeting and can borrow materials until the following meeting for the small sum of 25 cents per item. To plan your reading in advance, review the Library List and send an email to JASNA Calgary to request your particular books, as our library is now too large to bring all the books to each meeting. If you cannot wait until the next meeting, try the resources of the Calgary Public Library.



Latest Additions

  • The Dashwood Sisters Tell All: A Modern Day Novel of Jane Austen by Beth Pattillo

    Ellen and Mimi Dodge have never been close, but their mother's dying wish sends them on a walking tour of Hampshire, England, that follows in the footsteps of Jane Austen. Their mother also left them something else: a diary that belonged to Jane's sister Cassandra. 

  • Jane Austen: A Brief Life by Fiona Stafford

    Newly updated, Jane Austen: A Brief Life offers a rich and sympathetic insight into a writer who was just as much the Romantic genius as Keats, Shelley or Byron “ full of youthful exuberance, intensely creative once she had found her individual voice, and dead before she reached middle age.

  • Pride and Prejudice and Puzzles: Ingenious Riddles and Vexing Dilemmas Inspired by Jane Austen's Novels by Richard Galland

    Permit yourself the indulgence of an interval of recreation and amusement to make your acquaintance with the riddles and conundrums contained within; for you are sure to receive no inconsiderable pleasure from the puzzling over and resolving of them. Your quest for an amiable distraction will be over, leaving your curiosity entirely satisfied. 

  • The Three Colonels: Jane Austen's Fighting Men by Jack Caldwell

    Two of the three military heroes emerge straight from Jane Austen: Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam and Colonel Christopher Brandon. The third, Colonel Sir John Buford, has been conjured up from the author’s fertile imagination. One is married (Brandon); one gets married (Buford); one wants marriage (Fitzwilliam). 
    Thanks to Jennifer for this donation.


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Six incredible books from our dearest Jane Austen

  • Sense and Sensibility (originally published 1811)

  • Pride and Prejudice (originally published 1813)

  • Mansfield Park (originally published 1814)

  • Emma (originally published 1815)

  • Northanger Abbey (originally published 1817)

  • Persuasion (originally published 1817)

The Unfinished Works

  • Lady Susan

  • The Watsons

  • Sanditon

The Life and Times of Jane Austen

  • The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things, Paula Byrne

  • A Portrait of Jane Austen, David Cecil

  • Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World, Claire Harman

  • The Spirituality of Jane Austen, Paula Hollingsworth

  • Jane Austen: Her Life, Park Honan

  • Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister: The Life and Letters of Fanny Palmer Austen, Sheila Johnson Kindred

  • Jane Austen: Obstinate Heart, Valerie Grosvenor Myer

  • Jane Austen: A Life, David Nokes

  • Young Jane Austen: Becoming a Writer, Lisa Pliscou

  • Jane Austen: A Life, Claire Tomalin

  • Jane Austen at Home: A Biography, Lucy Worsley

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JASNA Persuasions Journals

JASNA Calgary is proud to offer it’s members access to the full collection of JASNA’s annual, peer-reviewed print journal, Persuasions. It offers essays on Jane Austen’s writing, her world, and her legacy in literature and other media.  

  • Issues 1 - 39 (1979 - 2017)

Each issue includes papers from JASNA's most recent Annual General Meeting as well as essays by scholars and others on a variety of topics. The lively writing is aimed at both academics and general readers who wish to learn more about Jane Austen.

To see detailed descriptions of each issue click the link below to view the official JASNA Persuasions page and then make your reading request with us.

We all just want the stories to go on and on…

With dozens of titles already, and a growing list of additions on the wish list, this is definitely our most popular section. Authors and fans alike just can’t seem to get enough of the stories of Jane Austen and the Regency characters she created.

Choose to search by Author or Title



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Studying Jane and her impact

Jane Austen’s Names: Riddles, Persons, Places, Doody, Margaret

Jane Austen & Company: Collected Essays, Forster Stovel, Nora, ed.

Jane Austen’s Heroines: Intimacy in Human Relationships, Hardy, John

The Jane Austen Writers’ Club: Inspiration and Advice from the World’s Best-Loved Novelist, Smith, Rebecca

Jane Austen, Game Theorist, Suk-Young Chwe, Michael

Jane Austen’s The History of England & Cassandra’s Portraits, Upfal A., & C Alexander, eds.


Watch your favourite Jane adaptations

BBC Classics: Jane Austen’s Persuasion DVD (1971)

BBC Classics: Jane Austen’s Emma DVD (1972)

BBC Classics: Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility DVD (1981)

BBC Classics: Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park DVD (1983)

BBC Classics: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice DVD (1985)

BBC Classics: Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey DVD (1987)

Pride and Prejudice Book CDs (1994)

Pride and Prejudice DVD (2005)

Classic Jane Austen DVD (2007)

Emma DVD (2010)

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The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
— Mr. Tilney, Northanger Abbey