April 8, 2017: Ohioana Book Festival

We are excited to announce that JASNA-Dayton is an official partner of the 2017 Ohioana Book Festival, an annual event that celebrates and connects readers with Ohio authors and their books. 2017 marks the 11th year of the Festival, which will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10:30a.m.-5:00p.m at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square (75 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215). Readers can meet 120 Ohio authors representing all genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s and young adult). The event will include a book fair/book signing, panel discussions, children’s and teen activities, food trucks, and more. Admission is free—no ticket or advance registration required.

The event also includes numerous literature-related festival partners—literary societies, libraries, writers’ organizations, university presses, etc. As a partnering organization, JASNA-Dayton will have a table where we can meet attendees and share information about JASNA and the Dayton Region. We could use a few more volunteers. If you are interested in covering a shift at JASNA-Dayton’s table, please contact Mary Ann Gasior at gasiormaryann@yahoo.com or (937) 434-5992. (You’ll have fun—we promise!)

More information about the Ohioana Book Festival, including participating authors, partner organizations, activities, directions, and parking, can be found here.

If you have additional questions about the event, contact Carrie at rc@jasnadayton.org


April 23, 2017: Claire Bellanti visit and talk at Patterson House

On April 23rd Claire Bellanti will come to the Patterson Homestead to give a talk and have tea. Jane Austen Books will also be present to give attendees a chance to to browse and buy books during the event. There will also  be a brief vote about a change to our By Laws at this meeting. For more information on the changes, please contact Carrie Bebris at rc@jasnadayton.org

Claire Bellanti is the current president of the Jane Austen Society of North America, and she is coming to visit and talk to our region about circulating libraries in the 18th century:

“’You Can Get a Parasol at Whitby’s:’ Circulating Libraries in Jane Austen’s Time” is an illustrated talk about an 18th century social institution that was very important to Jane Austen in her own life and her fiction, the Circulating Library. It provides a brief history of the circulating library, and includes citations from Austen’s novels and letters to explain the centrality of the circulating library and other forms of sharing books in Regency England."

Schedule: 11:30 - 12:30 Arrival and Shopping

                 12:30- 1:30 High Tea and Announcements

                 1:30 - 3:30 Introduction; Talk by Claire Bellanti; Shopping

                 3:30 - 4:00 Farewells


               Dill Cucumber Salad; Lemon pepper Parmesan crackers; peaches and cream scone and clotted cream.

               Vegetarian Quiche; Peas and carrots sandwich; Turkey with basil mayonnaise sandwich.

               Fruit and Cheese skewers; Chocolate shortbread; Honey cake.

               Black Tea: Irish Breakfast; Herbal Tea: Chamomile

Cost: $27 for JASNA members; $30 for guests

RSVP: By April 18. Please send your check made payable to JASNA-Dayton along with your phone number and e-mail address to Mary Ann Gasior 2727 Old Whipp Court Centerville, OH 45440. For questions e-mail Mary Ann at gasiormaryann@yahoo.com or call her at (937)-434-5992.

This event is funded in part by JASNA.


May 6, 2017: "Friends of Jane Austen" event at Glendower

The Glendower Mansion will be hosting an event celebrating Jane AUsten with refreshments, lawn games, readings, and music. You can come in your Regency best or modern clothing. See their website here for more details and ticket information.

July 20, 2017: Carrie Bebris Gives Talk to Commemorate Austen's Death

July 18 this year marks the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death. To mark the event, Carrie Bebris will present a talk entitled

                                                “Tracing Jane Austen’s Literary Footsteps.”

                                                        Thursday, July 20, 6:30 – 8:00

                              Community Room of newly remodeled Dayton Metro Library Main Branch

                                                (120 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton OH 45402)

The event will be a celebration of Austen’s life and work. Carrie’s talk will describe Austen's path to publication in a period when women were discouraged from writing professionally and novels were considered lowbrow entertainment. Carrie will also talk about how she recreates Austen's Regency England in her own novels.

July 23, 2017: Summer Reading Group Discussion of Matters at Mansfield

Last year’s summer Reading Group session on Carrie Bebris’ first Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery, Pride and Prescience was a really remarkable experience. With the author present, we were able to ask her directly about the choices she made in developing the plot; in employing Austen characters for her own purposes; in adding new characters. Carrie’s answers gave us valuable insights into her creative process. This coming summer we skip to Carrie’s fourth Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery, in which Henry Crawford, with his usual devastating effect, meets Anne de Burgh; and Mr. and Mrs. Darcy hasten to the rescue at Mansfield Park.

The meeting will be held on July 23 at Eilanna Price’s home, 2334 Lostwood Court in Xenia. Map and directions here.

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