Upcoming Events

 

Jane Austen Birthday Tea

What: Every year, JASNA regions hold a tea or other event to celebrate the birthday of our beloved Jane Austen on December 16th. This year the Iowa Region is trying out a new location and we have high hopes for a lovely event.

Where: The Salisbury House & Gardens, 4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA 50312

When: Saturday, December 16th at 1:00 PM

*This event is now SOLD OUT*

"Letters To Alice: On First Reading Jane Austen" by Fay Weldon

What: One of our objectives in planning our 2018 calendar was to read and discuss at least four books in the coming year. To that purpose, we are starting 2018 off with a book discussion. Please read Fay Weldon's book and come to the January meeting prepared to discuss it. 

Where: The Beerhouse, 4810 NW 86th Street, Urbandale, IA  50322

When: Sunday, January 21st at 3:30 PM

"The Men In Jane Austen's Life & Works" with Twila Glenn and Myra Goodhue

What: The men in Jane Austen's real life certainly influenced her writing. With two brothers in the Navy, surely Captain Wentworth's character was colored by her knowledge of their experiences. Clergymen also abounded in her family; her father and two brothers employed by the church at some point. How might they have influenced her depiction of Mr. Collins or Edmund Bertram or Mr. Tilney? Myra and Twila will help us sort it all out at our February meeting.

Where: The Beerhouse, 4810 NW 86th Street, Urbandale, IA  50322

When: Sunday, February 18th at 3:30 PM

"The Ball at Netherfield: How Jane Austen and Her Characters Prepared for a Ball" with Allison Petersen

What: From the invitation to the last dance and everything in between, how might Jane and her fictional characters have prepared for a private ball or public assembly and what went on when the evening finally arrived? With a little help from her friends, Allison Petersen will explore the possibilities.

Where: Location TBD

When: Date & Time TBD

"Persuasion" by Jane Austen

What: We have decided to make it a priority to read at least one of Jane Austen's works every year. As the theme for the 2018 JASNA AGM in Kansas City is "Persuasion", it makes sense to choose that novel for this year. Please read it again and prepare to share your feelings.

Where: The Beerhouse, 4810 NW 86th Street, Urbandale, IA  50322

When: Sunday, April 22nd at 3:30 PM