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.  



  • August 11, 2019: We will be discussing Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld at Wilson Palmer's home (821Dunore Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45220). WARNING: This book does contain some language people might find offensive, as well as some sexual situations. If you are uncomfortable reading Eligible then you are still welcome to attend and read Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal. We are open to discussing both. 
  • September 8, 2019: We will begin our discussion of Persuasion.  
  • November 10, 2019: We will continue our discussion of Persuasion
  • February 9, 2020: We will continue our discussion of Persuasion

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.