Dayton/Cincinnati 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 rotates 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 

The Reading Group is currently discussing Persuasion, which is broken up into two volumes (both volumes have 12 chapters each). If you have a version with continuous chapters, we will note those as well once we get into the second volume.  



  • September 8, 2019: We will begin our discussion of Persuasion with Volume I, Chapters 1 through 7 at Eilanna Price's home (2334 Lostwood Ct, Xenia, OH 45385. Map and directions here). Mariah Busher will be the discussion leader.   
  • November 10, 2019: We will continue our discussion of Persuasion with
    Chapters 8 through 12 (end of Volume I) at Lisa Tyler's home (3843 Rosecliff Dr, Beavercreek, OH 45440. Map and directions here). Marilyn Rueth will be the discussion leader.  
  • February 9, 2020: We will continue our discussion of Persuasion with Volume II, Chapters 1 - 8 (continuous 13-20). Location and discussion leader TBD. 
  • April 19, 2020*: We will finish our discussion of Persuasion with Volume II, Chapters 9 - 12 (continuous 21-24) at Marilyn Rueth's home (10615 Willow Brook Rd, Dayton, OH 45458. Map and directions here). Discussion Leader TBD. 

*Note: This is the third Sunday of the month rather than our usual second Sunday. 

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.