"It is such a happiness when good people get together, and they always do."  Emma

JASNA Greater Sacramento has three types of meetings: Regular, reading group and board. All members are encouraged to attend. The public is welcome to the regular meetings.

Regular Meetings

We meet quarterly on a Saturday afternoon in March, June, September and December. The meetings are usually held in Sacramento County Public Library branches. Our meetings are open to the public and generally are free of charge.
If you are interested in the life, works and times of Jane Austen, we invite you to attend an upcoming meeting.

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 2:00 - 4:30 PM
Arden-Dimmick Library
881 Watt Avenue, Sacramento
A short business meeting will be included.
Rachel Dodge will be speaking about her new book, Praying with Jane, which will give us an in depth look at Jane's spiritual side, including her prayers, touching biographical anecdotes, intimate excerpts from family letters and memoirs and illuminating scenes from her novels.

Rachel is a founding member of the Greater Sacramento Region, a college English instructor, author, blogger, and speaker. With a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and an M.A. in English Literature from California State University, Sacramento, she teaches writing and literature classes and speaks at libraries, teas, and literary groups about Jane Austen, her life, and her novels.

Nina Edmondson, our Regional Coordinator, in  recognition of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Persuasion, will give a presentation on "The Navy in Jane Austen's Life".

Nina will show how characters in Jane Austen's  novels are enhanced by Jane's knowledge of the British Navy through her brothers. This will include officer ranks, the rating of ships and life on board.

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Jane Austen Birthday Tea
Details will be coming soon.

Reading Group Meetings

This group of JASNA Greater Sacramento Region members meet monthly to discuss readings chosen in advance. The goal is to deepen the understanding and appreciation of Jane Austen's novels, life and culture using her works and those of others. For more information, email Lynn Ossolinski at

All Reading Group meetings are at
McClatchy Library,  2112 22nd Street, Sacramento

Reading Group Meetings

  • Saturday, August 18, 2018, 2:30 - 4:30
    By the Book by Julia Soneborn
  • Saturday, September 15, 2018, 2:30 - 4:30
    The Making of Jane Austen by Devoney Looser
  • Saturday, October 20th, 2018, 2:30 - 4:30
    The Mystery of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe, first half of book
  • Saturday, November 17th, 2018, 2:30 - 4:30
    The Mystery of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe, finish the book
  • Saturday, December 15 (2:30 - 4:30)
    No book discussion -- Jane Austen Mystery Theater

Board Meetings

The officers meet three or four times a year to conduct regional business as well as to conduct annual program planning and to organize logistics for upcoming regular meetings. Additionally, the officers meet to plan and organize the logistics for the quarterly regular meetings. All members are cordially invited and welcome to attend.

None currently scheduled

Past Regular Meetings and Special Events

Prior Regular Meetings and Special Events since June, 2014 are summarized on the Past Events page.
The most recent Regular Meeting was:

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Claire Bellanti, president of the Jane Austen Society of North America, gave an illustrated talk, "You Can Get a Parasol at Whitby's:  Circulating Libraries in Jane Austen's time. References to Jane Austen's novels and letters showed how central circulating libraries were in the reading and sharing of books in Regency England.

Saturday, March 24. 2018
We had an AGM review from members who were able to attend and by popular demand we played more parlor games.

Saturday, December 2, 2017
Jane Austen Birthday Tea    ** Special Event **
Our birthday celebration included afternoon tea followed by an outstanding and lively talk by David Bell about music in Jane's life and novels. Soprano Sarah Messbauer accompanied by Carol Hess at the baby grand piano beautifully performed a selection of Jane's favorites. We were taken away by the music to the point where it seemed as if Jane were in the room with us.