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We started the New Year on a more scholarly note. Sylvia Hom, recently recovered from hosting Jane Austen’s birthday tea a month earlier, led a very thought provoking and educational discussion on Sanditon. It was obvious that she had spent a lot of time researching. The discussion and questions that were raised were quite contemplative, and I dare say, academic. This was not one of our typical events but no less enjoyable! Sanditon is one of Jane Austen’s lesser known works. Unfortunately, it was never finished. Jane stopped working on the book only months before her untimely death on July 18, 1817. The book study wasn’t very heavily attended (nine) but that does not necessarily conclude that the conversation was dull by any means! It was very agreeable! There are two more book studies this year, Longbourn, a current novel by Jo Baker and Evelina by Frances Burney, 1778. You won’t want to miss these! Thank you, Sylvia!