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”

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”

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”

“The Other Bennet Sister”

JASNA Hawai‘i and JAS-friends from New Zealand and the US mainland discussed Janice Hadlow’s novel about Mary Bennet on Jan. 15. Rachel Orejana led a spirited discussion with some thoughtful questions. The concensus: an enjoyable read despite running longer than necessary and lifting some text directly from Pride and Prejudice without so much as aContinue reading ““The Other Bennet Sister””

At Last – Ayesha

JASNA Hawai‘i’s reading group met Saturday afternoon, September 18, 2021, to discuss Uzma Jalaluddin’s novel Ayesha At Last. Cheryl Ernst led the discussion. The consensus was that the book was an enjoyable read despite some legitimate criticisms and offered insights Muslim-American culture, which, in some gender-relations respects, resembles that of Georgian England.  Media &Continue reading “At Last – Ayesha”

P&P from the Servants’ Perspective

On January 16, 2021, JASNA Hawai`i was joined by mainland JASNA members from New Mexico, British Columbia, Washington D.C. and California for an interesting 90 minute discussion of Jo Baker’s Longbourn. The meeting took place virtually, over Zppm. Our thanks to Gretchen for leading the discussion, Katie for taking care of Zoom hosting, and allContinue reading “P&P from the Servants’ Perspective”

Society Talk

Joined by guests from California and Texas, JASNA Hawai`i met on October 17, 2020 (via Zoom), to talk about Natalie Jenner’s breakout novel, The Jane Austen Society. The discussion was led by local member Cheryl, who challenged us with a fascinating (and difficult!) quiz on the characters in the novel. A wide-ranging and interesting discussionContinue reading “Society Talk”

An Assembly Such as Ours

On Saturday, August 15, 2020, JASNA Hawai`i had another great online meeting, which included guest participants from California. Our discussion of the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy was lively and informative. Our next virtual get-together is planned for Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 1 PM HST. We’ll discuss Natalie Jenner’s recent novel, The Jane Austen Society.Continue reading “An Assembly Such as Ours”