A Visit to Camp Austen

On Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. HST (4 p.m. PST, 7 p.m. EST) we will discuss Ted Scheinman’s Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan via Zoom. Email JASNAHawaiiNei@gmail.com to receive the link. The book is available in ebook or paperback from Amazon  (used copies available) or Barnes and Noble. Here’s whatContinue reading “A Visit to Camp Austen”

P&P Onscreen: Discussing MGM’s 1940 film – with quiz

Before Colin Firth there was Laurence Olivier. Like the 1995 mini-series, the 1940 black and white film spurred interest in Austen’s novels. Hawai‘i JASNA members were joined by fellow Janeites from as far as St. Louis and Montreal on Jan. 21 to discuss the merits of various screen adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and debateContinue reading “P&P Onscreen: Discussing MGM’s 1940 film – with quiz”

P&P, Irreverently

Members Gretchen, Donna and Cheryl enjoyed front row seats for Koa Theater’s production of Kate Hamill’s Pride and Prejudice in December. Directed by Kelsey Baehrens with intimate, minimalist staging, the “bold, surprising, boisterous and timely” comedic take offered a fun, fresh approach blending period-dress and traditional language with modern sensibilities and amazingly quick on-stage costumeContinue reading “P&P, Irreverently”

Meet me at the AGM

Although they live on different islands in Hawai‘i, Regional Coordinator Cheryl Ernst, far left, and member Margaret Gill, far right, were together on Canada’s Vancouver Island for the 2022 Annual General Meeting in Victoria, British Columbia. Theme for JASNA’s 2022 AGM was Sense and Sensibility in the City of Gardens. The nearly 700 attendees enjoyedContinue reading “Meet me at the AGM”

Kiss and Tell in Courting Jane

Hawai‘i Region founding coordinator Bob Newell answered questions about his first book, a time-travel romance titled Courting Jane during the Sept. 24, 2022 reading group discussion. Bob gamely accepted criticism, shared opinions about the characters, identified locations described in the book and explained some of his plot decisions (including the kissing and ambiguous ending). ViewContinue reading “Kiss and Tell in Courting Jane”

Courting Jane

Our next Reading Group gathering is online Saturday, September 24 at 1 p.m., when we will discuss Courting Jane. Pay vicarious visits to Regency England and a fictional Annual General Meeting in Honolulu with this Jane Austen time travel romance. Email JASNAHawaiinei@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link. The book was penned by Hawai‘i Region founder,Continue reading “Courting Jane”

Birthday Jeopard-Tea

Fully vaccinated O‘ahu-based members gathered in the garden at the Kailua home of new Regional Coordinator Cheryl Ernst for the annual tea belatedly celebrating Jane Austen’s birthday. Decadent treats were served, and a Jeopardy-style game focused on Jane Austen tea references and related trivia (did you know there are just two mentions of tea inContinue reading “Birthday Jeopard-Tea”

The Jane Austen Project

From Maui to Washington, D.C., Reading Group participants joined our Aprll 9 Zoom discussion of The Jane Austen Project. After a brief digression to share thoughts on Masterpiece Theater’s Sanditon, Season 2, Gretchen Savage led a thought-provoking conversation on Kathleen Flynn’s story of a time traveling team who visit Jane Austen. We talked about motivation,Continue reading “The Jane Austen Project”

Bob Newell Helps Celebrate P&P Day

Hawai‘i Region founder Bob Newell represented all of JASNA in Jane Austen’s House’s annual celebration of Pride and Prejudice Day. He was one of the readers from 13 nations spanning the globe from Argentina to Thailand who shared the first chapter of Pride and Prejudice. The novel was first published on January 28, 1813 andContinue reading “Bob Newell Helps Celebrate P&P Day”

First Ever Pan-Pacific Conference

Seven speakers from five countries spread across 12 time zones shared a wide-ranging discussion on Jane Austen in the Pan Pacific in a first-of-it’s kind conference Nov. 13, 2021. The ambitious undertaking was hosted by JASNA-Hawai‘i and JASNA-Southwest, with special greetings from JASNA President Liz Philosophos Cooper and welcomes from Hawai‘i Regional Coordinator Bob NewellContinue reading “First Ever Pan-Pacific Conference”