Jane Austen Society
of North America
Greater Phoenix

JASNA Greater Phoenix is a unique group of people, friends, who enjoy reading and discussing the works of Jane Austen. We also enjoy learning about and experiencing and some of the “past-times” Jane may have enjoyed. We are one of over 70 regional groups across the United States and Canada.

Members at a local JASNA meeting may discuss an Austen novel, hear a lecture about Austen or the Regency era, or enjoy a tea or Box Hill picnic. We celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday with a luncheon, tea, or special event. Other activities may include museum and garden tours, English country dancing, and Regency fashion shows. We also host special events such as scholarly conferences and galas which are open to the public.

January 2018 marks the beginning of our seventh year as a region. You are cordially invited to attend any of our events. Visitors are always welcome!

In good conscience, all events have been canceled for March and April.

We will announce a decision as to resumption of events

as the situation unfolds.



In the meantime, while we are social distancing and sheltering at home,

here are some ideas for ways to occupy one’s time.






First of all, check our LINKS page for many diversions.




Additionally, following are some other offerings.







JASNA’s Janine Barchas has created “Pride & Plague” on Twitter. Will and Jane will be tweeting once-daily to their fans, with pictures of their adventures as they practice safe social distancing. Suggestions of future adventures welcome!  






JASNA News Spring 2020 Digital Edition Now Available Online


The spring issue of the newsletter has been mailed to all JASNA members in good standing as of February 24, 2020, and will arrive in mailboxes soon. Please keep in mind when reading it, the deadline for copy for this issue was the beginning of January. Our world has certainly changed since then.


The digital edition of the newsletter is also available in the Member Portal now and can be viewed and downloaded by all current members.


 To download the newsletter, click the link below and log in to the Member Portal to view the JASNA News landing page. If you land on the portal Welcome page first, select “View/Download JASNA News” from the dropdown menu on the right. 


View/Download JASNA News:




Tip: Be sure to log in to your existing account in the Member Portal. A new account will not give you access to the JASNA News landing page. Forgotten your Member Portal login name or password? If you remember the email address associated with your existing account, click above. If not, contact membership@jasna.org for help.




From the Jane Austen Summer Program


 Quiz: How well do you know Jane Austen? It may be time to brush up on some of the basic details of her life. Take this quiz to find out whether you’re a pro or need to catch up on some reading.




See Jane go: Austen on the big and small screens






There’s something about Jane Austen: More biographies to read






From Dr. Devoney Looser:


Free stuff from Project Muse! So many Austen-related books are temporarily available for free download on Project Muse. Look for the green “Free” or “OA” symbols. The Making of Jane Austen is available free here.






 Two courses from Future Learn, University of Glasgow


A History of Royal Fashion:  Explore how British kings and queens have influenced fashion over 500 years. In partnership with Historic Royal Palaces.






Jane Austen: Myth, Reality and Global Celebrity


Discover the fascinating story of author Jane Austen, from her own life in Hampshire to what she means to a global audience today.






“Emma.” (2020) Now available on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu, for from $19.99. It is also available from other providers.












11 podcasts about royal women from history


 Want to learn more about royal women of the past? We’ve rounded up 11 fascinating episodes from our podcast archive, ranging from the life of warrior queen Matilda to a look inside the mind of Elizabeth I. Listen now to episodes with Helen Castor, Lucy Worsley, Alison Weir and many more expert historians.






Virtual tours of attractions in Bristol, Bath, and beyond to enjoy from your sofa. Get a cyber taste of museums, theatres, and attractions in southwest England .






10 Historic Homes You Can Virtually Tour


Our list ranges from Buckingham Palace to the Frida Kahlo Museum to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.






The first lines of 10 classic novels, rewritten for social distancing.






For those handy cooks out there, The English Kitchen blog





And, finally,  a list of free, online, boredom-busting resources by ChatterPack






The Centers for Disease Control recommend frequent handwashing for preventing the spread of disease. Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy. We should scrub our hands for at least 20 seconds. We offer this handy guide.

You are invited to join

the Jane Austen Society of North America.

The Jane Austen Society of North America is dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing. The Greater Phoenix Region serves Phoenix and its surrounding areas.
The Jane Austen Society of North America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and relies substantially for its funding on membership dues and contributions. Contributions to the JASNA-Greater Phoenix Region, a local chapter of the Society, are tax-deductible and are gratefully acknowledged with a receipt.