- On Saturday, September 14, at the Liverpool Public Library (310 Tulip St., Liverpool), our Michaelmas meeting topic will be “Jane Austen and the 10-Pound Note.” The Bank of England has recently announced its plan to feature JA on its 10-pound note as of the year 2017--so, using this as our inspiration, let’s talk about money in the novels and in JA’s own life.
- On Saturday, November 2, at RiverRead Books (5 Court St., Binghamton), we’ll begin our observance of Mansfield Park's bicentennial in 2014 by discussing “Slavery and Servitude in Mansfield Park” at our All Hallows meeting.
- And on Saturday, December 7, we’ll gather for a joint Christmas/JA’s birthday meeting with the Jane Austen Book Club-CNY of Hamilton (which otherwise, alas, is on hiatus this fall) over dessert at the Colgate Inn, 1 Payne Street, Hamilton. We’ll hear Deborah Knuth Klenck, JASNA Syracuse member and Professor of English at Colgate University, present a talk titled “Performing to Strangers: Being, Seeming, and Courting in Pride and Prejudice.”
Finally, we encourage those of you who are already JASNA members to renew your memberships (the renewal letters just went out from JASNA national by U.S. mail). And we urge those of you who are not presently members to join or rejoin JASNA (go to this link). There’s still time to take advantage of the special offer: Join before August 31, and you’ll get the summer issue of JASNA News, the Society’s newsletter. (And if this is any particular inducement, your Regional Coordinator's book review of the recent republication of Fordyce’s Sermons to Young Women appears in this issue. Never fear; several readers have asserted that the review is more fun than it sounds!)