Triangle Reads What local book clubs are up to

Triangle Reads: What local book clubs are up to

tleonard@newsobserver.comMarch 2, 2014 

Jane Austen’s “Persuasion.”

  • Fiction

    Persuasion

    Jane Austen

    Oxford University Press, 249 pages

The Jane Austen Society of North American in North Carolina averages 15 to 30 members and has been meeting every six weeks or so at the Cameron Village Public Library in Raleigh since 1992.

Tell us about your club: We read the entire Jane Austen canon every few years and then intersperse with other books about her work. We take suggestions on what to read, and then our planning committee decides when meetings should be and what they should focus on.

What are you reading now? “Persuasion.”

What is your club’s favorite book? “Pride and Prejudice.”

What’s unique about your club? We are a diverse group of Janeites (Jane Austen fans), with everyone from high school students to retired professors in our group. We are hoping in the next few years to host the JASNA Annual General Meeting in Raleigh, which would bring more than 750 Janeites from around the country and around the world to Raleigh. We are also working with Inger Brody at UNC-Chapel Hill on the second annual Jane Austen Summer Program at UNC, a four-day residential symposium that focuses on one of Austen’s works each summer. Last year’s program celebrated the 200th anniversary of the publication of “Pride and Prejudice.” This year’s program will focus on “Sense and Sensibility.”

How to join: If you’re interested in joining the Janeites, contact Gisele Rankin at 919-462-9161. Learn more about the Jane Austen Society of North American at jasna.org.

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