Regular meetings are usually held the second Sunday of every other month, unless a special program dictates otherwise. The information below is subject to change.

Don’t forget to bring contributions to Hookham’s Circulating Library. Austen-related books are donated by members and circulated for $1. You can keep the book or, after reading, bring it back to circulate to others.

Meetings are usually held at either Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library in Broomfield (map) or Standley Lake Library in Arvada (map). But other locations are also used, so be sure to check the meeting notice emailed to you for meeting location.

February Meeting
Sunday, February 12, 2017, 1:30–3:30 pm

Standley Lake Library 
8485 Kipling St., Arvada, CO, 80005 (map)

Claire Bellanti, President of JASNA, will be our guest speaker. "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. 

April Meeting
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 1:30–3:30 pm
Standley Lake Library 

8485 Kipling St., Arvada, CO, 80005 (map)

Francine Mathews will be our guest speaker. Writing as Stephanie Barron, she is the author of the Being a Jane Austen Mystery series. There will be plenty of time for questions, so be thinking about what you might like to ask her.

We'll begin with a 15-20 minute reception, during which you'll be able to meet our guest and indulge in refreshments. After brief announcements, Francine will begin her presentation, which should last 40-50 minutes. She'll have copies of her latest Austen mystery, Jane and the Waterloo Map, for sale. She's unable to take credit cards, so it must be check or cash only. 

Hookham's will be open for business. Since we have a special guest, your contributions to the refreshments would be much appreciated.

June Meeting
Sunday, June 11, 2017, 1:30–3:30 pm
Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library,
3 Community Park Road, Broomfield, CO, 80020

It’s the season for strawberries, and as is the custom in June, our Strawberries at Donwell Abbey meeting. Please bring strawberry treats to share (or any other treats you like).

On the program is “Rescues in Austen’s Novels.” Here are a few things to mull over prior to the meeting (we’ll discuss adaptations as well):

  • What constitutes a rescue in an Austen novel?
  • Which rescues are fundamental to the story?
  • Which seem more like plot devices?
  • Several of the rescues have comprised crucial scenes in the various Austen adaptations. Which ones have remained true to the novels? Which ones have enhanced a rescue or added one that’s not in its respective book?
  • Are there rescues that are simply narrated and don’t take place on the page?
  • Do any of the novels lack a rescue?

Be thinking about any additional questions you may wish to raise for this discussion. We'll be taking a look at scenes from some of the adaptations.

August Meeting
Sunday, August 13, 2017, 1:30–3:30 pm
Standley Lake Library 

8485 Kipling St., Arvada, CO, 80005 (map)

Austen Potpourri —We're hoping that several of you will share Jane Austen news. Because of commemorating the 200th anniversary of her death, one need only Google her name to find countless articles, blog posts, etc., that may contain a tidbit to share. However, personal insights, feelings, commemorations, passages from the works are entirely appropriate, since this is definitely a time for us to remember the reasons we celebrate the life and work of this remarkable woman.

August is traditionally our "Picnic at Box Hill" meeting, so if you can, please bring something to share that might have been in one of those picnic hampers.

October 6-8, 2017,
Huntington Beach, CA

Jane Austen in Paradise: Intimations of Immortality

October Meeting
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 1:30–3:30 pm
Standley Lake Library 

8485 Kipling St., Arvada, CO, 80005 (map)

Now that the year marking the 200th anniversary of Austen's death is coming to a close, let's take the opportunity to reflect on her life. To do so, we'll watch portions of the drama, Miss Austen Regrets, and discuss characterization, themes, and dramatic license, among other topics.

To prepare, you may want to reacquaint yourself with the following people who play major roles in the movie:

  • Rev. Brook Bridges
  • Fanny Knight Knatchbull
  • Charles Thomas Haden
  • Rev. James Stanier Clark

As time allows, we'll have reports from the AGM.

December Meeting — Annual Birthday Tea
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 2:00–4:30 pm

Denver Tea Room
1165 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210

Stay tuned for details about this fun and popular annual event!