JA Reading Group

Jane Austen Reading Group – JASNA-Vermont Region

The JASNA-Vermont reading group is called “Friends of Jane” – we meet six times a year, meet in members’ homes, and follow what we affectionately call “The Montreal Plan” as a guide to choosing books (though we do not strictly adhere to this as you will see in our reading list below):

This Montreal plan includes:

  1. A work by Jane Austen
  2. A work about Jane Austen
  3. A work Jane Austen read
  4. A work inspired by Jane Austen
  5. A work about her time: the Regency, etc.
  6. A work of popular culture

If you have an interest in joining the group, please contact us and you will be put on the email list: jasnavtregion [at] gmail [dot] com

Schedule 2010-11:

  • July 7, 2010. Pride & Prejudice
  • September 22, 2010: Sense & Sensibility
  • November 10, 2010: Persuasion
  • January 12, 2011: Mansfield Park
  • March 16, 2011: Northanger Abbey
  • May 11, 2011: Emma


Schedule 2011-12:

  • July 20, 2011: Lady Susan
  • Sept 21, 2011: all the Juvenilia
  • Nov 9, 2011: Claire Tomalin, Jane Austen, a Life
  • Jan 11, 2012: Jane Austen’s Letters
  • Mar 21, 2012: Sanditon + a continuation?
  • May 9, 2012: The Watsons + a continuation?


Schedule 2012-13:

  • Sept. 19, 2012 : Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
  • Nov. 7, 2012: Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers
  • Jan. 13, 2013: Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Austenprose’s Laurel Ann Nattress
  • April 10, 2013: E. M. Forster, A Room with a View
  • May 22, 2013: William Deresiewicz, A Jane Austen Education
  • July 2013: Georgette Heyer


Schedule: 2013-2014

  • Sept. 11, 2013: Jane Austen, Persuasion
  • Oct. 9, 2013: Carolly Erickson, Our Tempestuous Day: A History of Regency England
  • Dec. 4, 2013: George Eliot, Adam Bede
  • May, 2014: Patrick O’Brian, Post-Captain
  • July 9, 2014: Jane Austen,Mansfield Park
  • August 2014: JA The Letters / planning meeting


Schedule 2014-15:

  • Sept. 4, 2014: Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
  • Oct. 15, 2014: Kate Ross, Cut to the Quick
  • Dec 4, 2014: Paula Byrne, The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things
  • March 19, 2015: Horace Walpole, Castle of Otranto
  • May 20, 2015: Anne Bronte, Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • July 29, 2015: Edith Wharton, House of Mirth


Schedule 2015-16:

  • Sept 23, 2015: Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Dec 2, 2015: Jo Baker, Longbourn
  • March 30, 2016: Irene Collins, Jane Austen and the Clergy
  • May 25, 2016: Jane Austen, Emma – Jane Austen.
  • July 27, 2016: Maria Edgeworth, Castle Rackrent


Schedule 2016-17:

  • Sept. 28, 2016: Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White
  • Nov. 30, 2016: Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
  • Jan. 22, 2017: Charlotte Lennox, The Female Quixote
  • Mar. 22, 2017: George Eliot, Middlemarch
  • May 17, 2017: Jane Austen, Sense & Sensibility
  • July 19, 2017: Joanna Trollope, Sense & Sensibility


Schedule 2017-18:

  • Sept 6, 2017: Virgina Woolf, To the Lighthouse
  • Nov 29, 2017: Charlotte Bronte, Villette
  • Jan 17, 2018: Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
  • April 12, 2018: Jane Austen, Sanditon, and The Price of Butcher’s Meat, by Reginald Hill
  • May 23, 2018: Lucy Worsley, Jane Austen at Home
  • July 11, 2018: Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford

Schedule 2018-19:

TBA