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The captivating storytelling and characters from Jane Austen's beloved novels--such as Emma, Mansfield Park, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility--have captured the hearts of millions of readers. Because of that, the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) has more than 4,500 members and 70 regional groups across the United States and Canada. This volunteer-based nonprofit is dedicated to fostering the enjoyment and appreciation of her work.

Since 2012, Mississippi has been represented in JASNA, and the chapter is steadily growing and reaching Jane Austen fans across the state.

Carolyn J. Brown, who teaches at Millsaps College in Jackson, is the regional coordinator for JASNA-MS. Brown established JASNA-MS along with Susan Allen Ford, a well-known Austen scholar at Delta State University and editor of Persuasions, the official journal of JASNA. Together, they have been jointly teaching the Jane Austen Book Club series at Millsaps. "Dr. Susan Allen Ford is an Austen scholar in the truest sense," says Brown. "She has published extensively on Austen and this period, and provides insightful background and historical contexts for understanding her work."

JASNA-MS members have a variety of opportunities to meet, engage in discussions, showcase Jane Austen-inspired crafts, and attend events across the state. This September at the Eudora Welty Library in Jackson, JASNA president, Iris Lutz will present "Houses in Jane Austen's Life and Fiction."

In November, Brown and Ford will discuss Mansfield Park during their Jane Austen Book Club series at Millsaps, and the annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea will be held in December.--SMB

Visit or email for more information on membership and events.

"It is such a happiness when good people get together--and they always do."

Jane Austen, Emma

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Publication:Mississippi Magazine
Date:Jul 1, 2014
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