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 2021 marked the beginning of our 10th year as a region. You are cordially invited to attend any of our events. Visitors are always welcome!

You are cordially invited to attend, via ZOOM

From Promenade to Pandemic

20 Years of the Jane Austen Festival in Bath

presented by Jackie Herring, Festival Director

Saturday, November 20, 2021

11:00 AM MST

R.s.v.p. by November 18 to jasnaphx@gmail.com

instructions will be sent upon response.

2020 was to have been the Jane Austen Festival’s 20th anniversary, but we all know what happened!

A one-off illustrated presentation by Jackie Herring in what is to be her last year as Festival Director.

Sharing images and behind the scenes anecdotes, together with insights into some of the horrors and

delights of running this world-famous Festival for 20 years.

 Join fellow Janeites for an evening at the theatre.

“Miss Bennet:

Christmas at Pemberley”

 Live performance at the Herberger Theater

Center Stage

Presented by Arizona Theater Company

Friday, December  10, 2021

7:30 PM MST

Tickets are $25 per person. Guests are welcome!

R.s.v.p. by November 10 to jasnaphx@gmail.com

Payment instructions will be sent upon response.
Join us for a festive night out at the theatre! On Friday, December 10, at 7:30 pm JASNA Greater Phoenix will be gathering to watch “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” produced by the Arizona Theatre Company at the Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix. Tickets are $25 per person, and guests are welcome!
From the pen of the writer of last season’s hit “Silent Sky,” and America’s most produced playwright, comes this charming and cleverly imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice. It is two years later, and the Bennet family gathers at Pemberley to celebrate Christmas together. Unlike her witty and vibrant sisters, Mary Bennet is unmarried, nerdy, and growing tired of her role as the obedient middle sister. But an unexpected guest gives Mary the boost she needs to embrace her independence and find true love. “Miss Bennet” is an energetic, witty, and romantic holiday comedy about family, awkward nerd love, and personal transformation that will delight and en-chant Jane Austen aficionados and newcomers alike.
If you are interested in attending, please respond via email (jasnaphx@gmail.com) with how many seats you would like to reserve, and you will be sent payment instructions. Payment (either electronic or by mail) must be received by Nov. 11 to reserve your seat(s). All sales are final. Arizona Theatre Company will not refund ticket(s) if you are unable to attend the performance that night.
Arizona Theatre Company also has the following health and safety protocols in place:
– All guests (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) must wear masks or appropriate face coverings during the performance
– All guests must provide proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the performance
– See the ATC website for more details:

You are cordially invited to attend, via ZOOM

Picking Up Jane Austen’s Quill

presented by Rose Servitova

Author of The Longbourn Letters and A Completing of “The Watsons”

Sunday, February 27, 2022

10:00 AM MST

R.s.v.p. by February 25 to jasnaphx@gmail.com

instructions will be sent upon response.

Rose Servitova is an award-winning Irish author and essayist. Published widely, she claimed bronze at the International SPR Book Awards 2019, was shortlisted at the Flash Prize and twice at Listowel Writers Week for her humour essays. 

Rose’s witty debut novel, The Longbourn Letters – The Correspondence between Mr Collins & Mr Bennet, was described as a ‘literary triumph’ on publication. Her second novel, a completing of Jane Austen’s unfinished work, The Watsons, has been hailed as ‘an extraordinary piece of work’. Her current work-in-progress is a completion of Austen’s final but unfinished work, Sanditon.

Rose has made author appearances at literary events nationally and overseas including Bath’s Jane Austen Festival as well as online events for festivals, book-clubs and the Austen birthday celebration at Chawton House (2020).  She also speaks in schools, libraries and universities. 

Rose curated Jane Austen 200 – Limerick, a festival celebrating Limerick’s many links to Austen while nodding at its extensive Georgian heritage and has, since, regularly facilitated themed nostalgic afternoon tea events and literary and heritage events.

Rose lives in the South-West of Ireland with her husband Filip and children Laura and Charlie.


JASNA Greater Phoenix cordially invites you to attend,

via ZOOM, a study of

A Room of One’s Own

Facilitated by Dr. Holly Welker

Sunday, March 27, 2022

2:30 PM MST

R.s.v.p. by March 25 to jasnaphx@gmail.com

instructions will be sent upon response.

(Adeline) Virginia Woolf was an English novelist and essayist regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One’s Own (1929) with its famous dictum, “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”

A Room of One’s Own is an extended essay, first published on the 24th of October, 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women’s colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928. While this extended essay in fact employs a fictional narrator and narrative to explore women both as writers and characters in fiction, the manuscript for the delivery of the series of lectures, titled Women and Fiction, and hence the essay, are considered nonfiction. The essay is seen as a feminist text, and is noted in its argument for both a literal and figural space for women writers such as Jane Austen, George Eliot, and the Brontes, within a literary tradition dominated by patriarchy.

 JASNA Greater Phoenix cordially invites you

to attend, via ZOOM, 

as a part of the 2022 Speaker Series

of the North American Friends of Chawton House 

The Regency Years

Presented by Robert Morrison

Saturday, April 9, 2022

10:00 AM MST

R.s.v.p. jasnaphx@gmail.com

Robert Morrison will explore the fascinating decade of the Regency (1811-1820), when Jane Austen published all six of the novels for which we celebrate her today, and when her work appeared alongside the achievements of other major Regency figures such as the Duke of Wellington, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, Maria Edgeworth, Sarah Siddons, J. M. W. Turner, and Elizabeth Fry.
Robert Morrison is British Academy Global Professor at Bath Spa University and Queen’s National Scholar at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. The Regency Years was selected by The Economist as one of its 2019 Books of the Year, and shortlisted by the Historical Writers’ Association for the 2020 Crown Award for the best in historical non-fiction.
The North American Friends of Chawton House supports Chawton House in its ongoing work of fostering greater understanding of early women’s writing.
R.s.v.p. by April 6 to jasnaphx@gmail.com
Log-on instructions will be sent upon response.
Virtually presented by the Jane Austen Society of North America Greater Phoenix Region
Regency attire always admired, but never required.

Join JASNA Greater Phoenix for our fifth annual

Box Hill Picnic

Krowne Park, Lake Montezuma (Northern Arizona)

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Noon MST

R.s.v.p. jasnaphx@gmail.com

Revelers should bring their own picnic lunches. Beverages and tableware will be provided. Please bring a folding chair, if available.

Phoenix-area Janeites will probably carpool. Driving directions will be given with response.

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.