Reading Group

Discover the full depth and genius of Jane's work by participating in the JASNA Dayton Reading Group. This casual, light-hearted society meets four times a year to discuss Miss Austen's work over tea and light refreshments. You'll gain insights into Jane's working process, learn about the deeper meanings and influences behind her work, and enjoy "the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation."

Note: You don't need to be a member of JASNA Dayton to attend Reading Group meetings. If you're new to the group, it's a great place to visit and get to know us!

The Reading group, right now, is rotating around to different venues and with different discussion leaders for each meeting. However all meetings will be 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Keep an eye on this page for further details for upcoming Reading Group meetings.

Reading Group Dates for 2017–18

The Reading Group is currently discussing Mansfield Park

This book is in three Volumes: Vol. I = 18 chapters, Vol. II = 13 chapters, Vol. III = 17 chapters


  • November 12, 2017 at Wilson Palmer's home (821 Dunore Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45220. Click here for directions). Kate Spencer will lead the discussion on Vol. II chapter 13 through Vol. III chapter 4 or chapters 31-35 in continuous editions. 
  • February 11, 2018 at Judy McCoy's home (385 Fairway Dr., Fairborn, OH 45324. Click here for directions). Mariah Busher will lead the discussion. We will discuss Vol. III chapters 5-11 or chapters 36-42 in continuous editions.
  • April 8, 2018 at Eilanna Price's home (2334 Lostwood Ct., Xenia, OH 45385. Click here for directions). Discussion leader TBD. We will discuss Vol. III 12-17 (end of book) or chapters 43-48 (end of book) in continuous editions.

If you are interested in leading a discussion or hosting a meeting, please contact Wilson Palmer (see newsletters for information).

Check back often for more updated information.