We've Moved!

Hi, everyone --
As you may have noticed, our region has undergone some changes lately.  The big one is our new name: JASNA New Jersey (rather than Central New Jersey), reflecting our efforts to broaden our membership.  You can now find us across social media under our new name:

We also have a new email address:  Please add this address to your contacts. 

And we've updated our website! You can find our new online home at

Please like, share, and comment regularly on our social media, and stop by our website for programming news. We’re excited to continue expanding our offerings and bringing together Janeites from across the state!

We look forward to seeing every one at one of our meetings this year!

Regional Chair


Book Quote Monday

Trying something new here on the blog, using a random word generator I will get a word and find it in one of Jane's novels. I will share that quote here. 


"I must take leave to observe, Sir Walter," said Mr. Shepherd one morning at Kellynch Hall, as he laid down the newspaper, "that the present juncture is much in our favour. This peace will be turning all our rich naval officers ashore. They will be all wanting a home. Could not be a better time, Sir Walter, for having a choice of tenants, very responsible tenants. Many a noble fortune has been made during the war. If a rich Admiral were to come in our way, Sir Walter -- "

--Persuasion and chapter 3


Meet the Janeites - Ruth

Name: Ruth

How did you become a Janeite?  I've always been a history lover for all my life and enjoy reading novels of 18th and 19th centuries to gain an understanding of the mindset of those periods. Also after watching Persuasion starring Amanda Root and Sense and Sensibility with Kate Winslet I then purchased the Barnes and Noble book which contained all 7 novels of Jane Austen. Reading them I wondered why I never got into them way before!

Favorite Jane Austen Novel?  Persuasion

Favorite Character?  Marianne

Favorite Movie Adaptation?  Sense and Sensibility starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet

Any Sequels or Adaptations you enjoy?  Recently I just got into seeing for the first time the Colin Firth 1995 Pride and Prejudice mini series and I really enjoyed it!

Anything else you want to share?  I never realized how in depth the world of the Janeites really is! There are Regency costumed balls where you can learn to dance from that time period, distinguished scholarly authors lecturing on the works of Jane Austen, lively local monthly discussion groups delving into different aspects of her works, fan fiction, the Juvenilia members and the list goes on! A very fascinating group!

Want to be featured on Meet the Janeites? Please fill out the linked form which is a quick survey about your Janeite background.