JASNA Dayton News!

Of Note…

I write as President of the North American Friends of Chawton House about our new fundraising campaign: https://www.nafch.org/bench

As you know, we sold sponsorships of “garden spots” last year for a new Jane Austen Garden Trail at Chawton House. With only 20 garden spots, we sold out during the first two days of the AGM. This time there are 30 benches to be sponsored.

As per last year, all sales go through NAFCH, so that the bench locations can be released in order of sale and there are no duplications. This way Americans also get tax credit for their donations. No one should contact Chawton House direct. There is an order button on the page that sends me an email.

Thank you for your support of Chawton House.

Janine Barchas

Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor in English Literature

University of Texas at Austin

President, North American Friends of Chawton House


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.


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