"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.

Sunday, March 3, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Arden-Dimmick Library
891 Watt Avenue, Sacramento

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, January 20th, 2019 (2:30 - 4:30)
    Praying with Jane, by Rachel Dodge
  • Saturday, February 17, 2019 (2:30 - 4:30)
    A Lie Universally Hidden by Anngela Schroeder
  • Saturday, March 17, 2019 (2:30 - 4:30)
    Emma by Jane Austen
  • Saturday, April 21, 2019 (2:30 - 4:30)
    Jane: Her Home and Her Friends by Constance Hill
  • Saturday, May 19, 2019 (2:30 - 4:30)
    Jane Austen's Letters, Edited by Deirdre Le Faye
  • Saturday, June 16, 2019 (2:30 - 4:30)
    The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Fowler

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.

2019 Annual Planning Meeting
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 2-4 pm
McClatchy Library
2112 22nd St. Sacramento

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 two Regular Meetings were:

Saturday, December 8. 2018
Saturday December 8, 2018, Jane Austen Birthday Tea
The afternoon included a visual presenentation by Jennifer Le Blanc, actress and playwright, who adapted Jane Austen's Persuasion for stage. It was produced and performed by the San Jose Stage Company, Acacia Theatre Company, The Ross Valley Players, and Livermore Shakespeare Festival. This was followed by our very own, Rachel Dodge, where we learned more about her recently released book, Praying with Jane. During out tea harpist Alanna O'Neill performed Regency-era music.

Saturday, October 6. 2018
Rachel Dodge spoke about her new book, Praying with Jane, which gave us an in depth look at Jane's spiritual side, including her prayers, touching biographical anecdotes, intimate excerpts from family letters and illuminating scenes from her novels.

Nina Edmondson
, our Regional Coordinator, in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Persuasion, gave us a presentation on "The Hidden Captain Wentworth". She showed how Jane Austen's knowledge of the British Navy through her brothers allowed her to create such a realistic character as Captain Wentworth.

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.