"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, June 23, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Sacramento Central Library, West Meeting Room
828 I St., Sacramento
Join us for the illustrated talk, "You Can Get a Parasol at Whitby's:  Circulating Libraries in Jane Austen's Time," on Saturday, June 23, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Central Library, Sacramento. Claire Bellanti, president of the Jane Austen Society of North America, will provide a brief history of the circulating library and, using references to Austen's novels and letters, show how central such libraries were in the reading and sharing of books in Regency England.
Claire Bellanti comes to her topic naturally after her 35-year career as a library professional at UCLA. She holds an M.A. in history (UNLV) and an M.B.A. (UCLA). She has served in various leadership capacities within the Jane Austen Society of North America since 1994.

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, April 21, 2018, 2:30 - 4:30
    Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley,
    by Charlotte Gordon

  • Saturday, May 19, 2018, 2:30 - 4:30
    Persuasion by Jane Austen - first half

  • Saturday, June 16, 2018, 2:30 - 4:30
    Persuasion by Jane Austen - second half

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, 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.