The Jane Austen Society of North America

Metropolitan Kansas City Region
(Including Kansas and Western Missouri)

2016 Member Events
(Registration Required)
*Open to the Public

— 2017 ---

January 28
“One By Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey”
Presenter:  Jenny Rytting
2:00-4:00 P.M.
Plaza Library Large Meeting Room
Contact:  Leah Wilson

February 11
Regency Sewing Party
1:00-5:00 P.M.
Home of Kemberley Payton
Contact:  Leah Wilson

February 18
False Colours, Georgette Heyer Group
1:00-3:00 P.M.
Home of Gaye Stevick
Contact:  Gaye Stevick

March 4
Whist in Warrensburg
1:00-4:00 P.M.
Home of Leah Wilson
Contact:  Leah Wilson

March 11
One Because of Jane:  Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid
Presenter:  Vicki Jones
1:00-3:00 P.M:
Contact: Leah Wilson

April 29
*Panel on Illness, Death, and Jane Austen
1:00-3:00 P.M.
Cheryl Kinney and Sheryl Craig
Plaza Library Forum Room
Contact: Sandy Lane

May 6
Northanger Abbey Film Fest
12:00-7:00 P.M.
The View Condominiums
Contact:  Leah Wilson

June 10
Whist in Brookside
1:00-4:00 P.M.
Crestwood Condominiums
Contact:  Becky Malomo

July 14-16
Jane Austen Festival in Louisville

August 5
Annual Planning Meeting
1:00-3:00 P.M.
Crestwood Condominiums
Contact:  Leah Wilson

August 12
Faro’s Daughter, Georgette Heyer Group
1:00-3:00 P.M.
Home of Valerie Hodges-Sporn
Contact:  Valerie Hodges-Sporn

September 9
Box Hill at the Midwest Tea Festival
Contact:  Leah Wilson

October 6-8
“Jane Austen in Paradise:  Intimations of Immortality”
Huntington Beach, California


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Save the Date: Saturday, January 28

Northanger Abbey

One by Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey  

Saturday, January 28
from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Plaza Library Large Meeting Room
4801 Main St
Kansas City, MO

Jenny Rytting Join us for a lively and informative lecture and discussion of Northanger Abbey led by Jenny Rytting from Northwest Missouri State's English Department. Professor Rytting has written and lectured extensively about early through 19th century British literature. Her article “Jane Austen Meets Carl Jung: Pride, Prejudice, and Personality Theory.” appeared in the Persuasions Journal, and she teaches classes at Northwest Missouri State about Austen, including "Jane Austen and Politics" and "Jane Austen and Her Literary Sisters."

Please bring a teacup and saucer and a treat to share.

We will continue to have an Emporium and, perhaps, a raffle basket or two.  Thank you so much for supporting our efforts at the recent Jane Austen Birthday Tea for we raised over $200.00.  I especially thank those of you who have contributed sale items to our Emporium.  Keep up the good work JASNA-KC!

Registration is free, but is required. Please use the link below to register for this event.

One by Jane: Northanger Abbey Registration

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as well as those marked with an * which are open to the general public.
Kindly note that registration is required.

 Jane Austen Society of North America

2017 Essay Contest

Essay Contest Topic: On the occasion of the 200the anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, JASNA is looking for short essays that address the following questions:

“Imagine that you are adapting an Austen novel for stage or film. What elements might you be tempted to change – especially for a modern audience – that should not be tampered with if the integrity of the work is to be preserved? These elements could be scenes, characters, dialogue or something else. Explain why they are so crucial to the novel. How does what can and cannot be changed shed light on Austen’s popularity and influence?

Who Is Eligible: Students at the high school, college and graduate levels. 

Awards: Judges select first-, second-, and third-place winners in each of the three divisions. Winners will receive:



• Cash scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000

• Paid registration and two-nights’ lodging for the JASNA Annual General Meeting in Huntington Beach CA, October 6-8 (first place only) 

• One-year free membership in JASNA 

• Publication of the winning essays on the JASNA website. 

Entry Deadline: May 21, 2017 

For Details/How to Enter: Visit the Essay Contest page at

Download a copy of this poster here:  Poster PDF