JASNA Dayton News!

JASNA-Dayton co-founder Martha Caprarotta is now a published author!

Our very own Martha Caprarotta is now a published author. Her book, Fire and Forgiveness: A Nun’s Truce with General Sherman, was published February 19th (under the pen name Martha Dunsky)by the University of South Carolina Press (you can check it out on Amazon here). 

The middle-grade historical fiction tells the true story of young girls who fled a convent school during the Civil War burning of Columbia, SC. The book’s message is the importance of peacemaking. Martha launches her book in Columbia February 21 – 23 with book signings at Mast General Store and the South Carolina State Museum, and author visits at two schools. At St. Peter’s Catholic school, the “descendant” of the convent school destroyed during Columbia’s burning, Martha reads part of her book to students in the adjacent cemetery, where the convent school girls hid over night during their ordeal.

Here in Ohio, Martha will sign copies of her book at the Ohioana Book Festival in downtown Columbus, on April 27. The day-long event showcasing Ohio authors will be held at Columbus Metropolitan Library's Main Library for the first time. If you can’t make that event, you can join Martha on May 13 at the “Second Monday Authors” program at Woodbourne Library in Centerville. Keep track of Martha’s upcoming events on her author’s web site at marthadunsky.com, on her “Martha Dunsky” Facebook and Instagram accounts, and her Twitter account @DunskyMartha.


The Jane Austen Summer Program is delighted to announce its seventh annual symposium, “Pride and Prejudice and Its Afterlives"! The events will take place June 20-23, 2019 at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Carrboro, NC and at various locations on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill, NC. Participants will have the opportunity to hear expert speakers and participate in discussion groups on Austen’s beloved novel and its many afterlives in fiction, film, and digital media. They also will partake in an English tea, dance at a Regency-style ball, attend Austen-inspired theatricals, and visit special exhibits and workshops tailored to the conference. The Jane Austen Summer Program is designed to appeal to established scholars, K-12 teachers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and Austen fans—anyone with a passion for all things Austen is welcome and encouraged to attend!

For more program information, to see comments and photos from previous programs, or to register, please visit the program’s website janeaustensummer.org or follow the program at facebook.com/janeaustensummer or via twitter, @JASPhotline. You may also contact us at janeaustensummer@unc.edu.

Pride and Prejudice Finalist in the Great American Read!

Janeites all over the country voted and put Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice into the top 5 finalists for Americas's favorite book. See PBS's website here for more of the results.



Chawton in Columbus: A Jane Austen Reading Group

You are cordially invited to join Chawton in Columbus, a new Jane Austen Reading Group.  If you enjoy the stories of Jane Austen, whether you are a neophyte or a long-time Janeite, you are welcome. If you would like to spend time with other Jane Austen enthusiasts, please plan to join us.

If you have questions or need more information, write to violethunter@columbus.rr.com. 

You can also find more details on our Columbus Reading Group Page

Sherry Rose-Bond and Sandi Brennan, Coordinators