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.

Special Event:
"Will and Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity"
Talk by Kristina Straub, Prof. of English at Carnegie Mellon Univ.

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 3:00 pm
Special Events Room, Anderson Academic Commons
University of Denver, 2150 E. Evans Ave., Denver

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
Location TBD

Austen Potpourri — We'll share anything related to Austen and/or the Regency period.

October 6-8, 2017,
Huntington Beach, CA

Jane Austen in Paradise: Intimations of Immortality

October Meeting
Sunday, October TBD, 2017, 1:30–3:30 pm
Location TBD

Professor Arthur N. Gilbert will discuss James Gillray’s famous etchings.

December Meeting — Annual Birthday Tea
Saturday or Sunday, December 9 or 10, 2017, 1:30–3:30 pm

Location TBD

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