The Jane Austen Society of North America

Metropolitan Kansas City Region
(Including Kansas and Western Missouri)
Founded 1995



2018 Member Events
(Registration Required)
*Open to the Public


— 2018 ---

Saturday, April 21

“Jane Austen:  The Awakening of a Media Tycoon”
Presenter:  Karen Kelleher Bacon, Documentary Producer and Writer

12:00-1:00 P.M.  Members Only Lunch with Karen

1:00-2:00 P.M.  Karen’s Presentation and Q&A

2:00-4:30 P.M.  Screening of Persuasion with Amanda Root, a film on which Karen worked

Truman Forum at the Plaza Library
Contact:  Leah Wilson


Saturday, June 9

Boxhill Picnic

1:00-3:00 P.M.

Home of Gaye Stevick
Contact:  Gaye Stevick


Saturday, August 11

Annual Planning Meeting and Election

1:00-3:00 P.M.

Crestwood Condominiums
Contact:  Becky Malomo


September 28-30

Jane Austen Society of North America Annual General Meeting
“Persuasion:  200 Years of Constancy and Hope”

Westin Kansas City at Crown Center 


Saturday, December 1

Jane Austen Birthday Tea

"Women's Rights in Georgian England"
Presenter: Sheryl Craig

1:00-3:00 P.M.

Crestwood Condominiums
Contact:  Cathy Blake

Borrow from our
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Jane Austen: The Awakening of a Media Tycoon

presented by 

Karen Kelleher Bacon
Film producer, Writer and Director

Karen Kelleher Bacon, who has developed and worked on films for Paramount Pictures, Miramax Films, A&E Networks and PBS, will take us on a journey examining Jane Austen's enduring popularity. She will discuss Austen's timeless appeal, her literary genius, and the ties the bind her world to ours. Her talk will be followed by a screening of the 2007 television adaptation of Persuasion, a novel about second chances and enduring love.  

About Karen Kelleher Bacon 

Karen Kelleher began her film profession in 1989 at Paramount Pictures in the Motion Picture Group in Los Angeles. She worked on developing films including Regarding Henry directed by Mike Nichols and Dead Again directed by Kenneth Branagh. She returned to New York City and joined the Film Department of A&E Networks where she developed with Executive Producer Delia Fine both Pride & Prejudice and Emma.

Karen has studied film history, producing, screenwriting and directing at both UCLA and Columbia University. But she credits a profound love of literary works from poetry to song lyrics, novels, history and biography as the single greatest influence on her successful film career. Karen lives in Connecticut and Newport with her husband and treasured collection of books.

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Plaza Library Truman Forum

Members Only Lunch at Andre’s 11:30 A.M.
Lecture 1:00-2:00 P.M. Open to the Public
Screening of 1995 Persuasion 2:00-4:30 P.M. Open to the Public

Registration is now open. 

The event is co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library. An informal tea precedes the presentation.