Sunday, September 22, 2019

Special Community Event: "Playing Cards with Jane Austen" at Vanderbilt Central Library, October 24

Our book-loving friends at Vanderbilt are hosting "Playing Cards with Jane Austen: An Evening of Speculation," on Thursday, October 24, beginning at 5 pm in the Community Room of the Central Library -- and we're invited!

English Professor Robin Bates will speak about card playing in literature, specifically Mansfield Park and Speculation and, after his remarks and refreshments, guests will try their hands at the game.

Presented by the Friends of Vanderbilt's Libraries, this event is free but because seating is limited, the courtesy of a reply is requested by October 14: respond to or 615-343-1222.

Friday, September 6, 2019

September 22 meeting: "Creativity and Place" with Elizabeth Meadows

For our meeting on Sunday, September 22, from 2 to 4 pm, we'll gather in the rehearsal/performance space of Actors Bridge Ensemble, located in the lower-level chapel at the Darkhorse Theater (4610 Charlotte Pike) in West Nashville.

Professor Elizabeth Meadows, of Vanderbilt University, will lead an interactive place-based creative approach, with a discussion of how specific times/places are important in Austen’s work, and then leading to people creating their own Jane Austen story in their particular place/time. 
Attendees are encouraged to bring a notepad and pen.

Elizabeth Meadows is Associate Director of Vanderbilt’s Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, which promotes interdisciplinary research and study in the humanities and social sciences. Meadows brings to the Warren Center considerable experience in community and student engagement; she spent six years at Vanderbilt’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy, where she developed and led programs offering faculty, staff, and students opportunities to engage in creative practice and fostered innovative projects and collaborations with our campus and local community. Meadows helped develop the Curb Center’s Public Scholars Program, worked with campus and local partners to organize the Mellon Summer Institute in Public and Digital Humanities, and collaborated with Nashville’s Metro Arts Commission in developing the Racial Equity in Arts Leadership program. A scholar of Victorian literature and culture, Elizabeth taught at Mount Holyoke College, before coming to Vanderbilt in 2013, and she has published in Dickens Studies Annual, The Oxford Companion to Victorian Literary Culture, and has collaboratively guest edited a special issue of Victorian Review. She is also Faculty Head of East House on the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons.

JASNA members are asked to bring a tea-time treat to share; beverages will be provided.
Guests are welcome, but please let us know you're attending, so we can plan for seating and refreshments:

Founded in 1995, Actors Bridge is a professional theater company and an actor's training program, specializing in the Meisner Technique. AB also produces Act Like a Grrrl (ALAG) an autobiographical writing and performance program that inspires girls (ages 12-18) to write about their lives and transform their thoughts into monologues, dances, and songs for public performance.

The Darkhorse building was originally a Presbyterian church, and in 1990 became a performance venue; AB moved into the chapel in 2015. It's a space that has been home to hundreds of productions set in all parts of the world and in all time periods -- perfect for our afternoon considering "creativity and place."

The Darkhorse is located at 4610 Charlotte Avenue / 37209, but the entrance to the chapel is along the 47th Avenue side street [McDonald's is next door]. Look for signage on the doors.

Free parking is available along 47th, in the SunTrust lot at the corner of 46th Avenue, and at the Richland Park library directly across the street from the theater.

"Netherfield Park is let at last!"

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Summer Outing to Franklin's Lotz House

Please join us on Saturday, August 17, for an excursion to the historic Lotz House (1858), near downtown Franklin.

We'll meet at the Civil War house museum at 11 am for a one-hour tour, then have lunch (Dutch-treat) nearby at the Bunganut Pig Pub.

For our JASNA group, Lotz (it's pronounced "Loats") House admission is $10 per person, and you may pay at the door.

There's plenty of room and guests are most welcome, but please let us know if you'll be attending by Tuesday, August 14, for planning purposes:

  • The Lotz House is located at 1111 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, TN 37064.
  • The Bunganut Pig is located at 1143 Columbia Avenue (across from the Carter House).

About the Lotz House
German immigrants Albert and Margaretha Lotz moved to Franklin in 1856 and two years later built this house, a product of Albert’s master carpentry and woodcarving skills. In 1858, Albert’s craftsmanship gained him a commission carving the mantels and other woodwork in Franklin’s courthouse. The Civil War changed life for the Lotzes, in ways they could not have imagined. When the Confederate charge came late in the day on November 30, 1864, this house found itself at the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin. The Lotz family raced across the street to take shelter with their friends the Carters, in their basement, and returned in the morning to find their planked house nearly destroyed. What remained of the building sheltered wounded Confederates after the battle.

Visitors will learn about lives disrupted by the “Bloodiest Five Hours” of the Civil War, while viewing magnificent period furniture and decorations. Artifacts from the Battle of Franklin, including weapons and bullets as well as soldiers’ personal items, are on display, as are bloodstains and cannonball scars.

For more information on Franklin, go to

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Tennessippi Biennale and Summer Soiree

You're invited to a Joint Meeting of the Middle Tennessee and Mississippi Regions

Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8, 2019

in Holly Springs, MS

Downtown Holly Springs, MS
Holly Springs is:
1 hour from Memphis, TN • 1 hour from Tupelo, MS • 1.5 hours from Jackson, TN
3 hours from Jackson, MS • 3.5 hours from Nashville, TN

April 14: Gothic Horror Buffet

We'll be meeting Sunday, April 14, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at a private home for a set of mini-book club discussions. 

In the spirit of this year's Annual General Meeting theme of Northanger Abbey (at which our own Roger Moore, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Principal Senior Lecturer in English at Vanderbiltwill be a plenary speaker), we're choosing the three most well-known titles among the ten mentioned in the book: Ann Radcliffe's The Italian and The Mysteries of Udolpho and Matthew Lewis's The Monk

Please choose one to read and be ready to discuss. If you'd like to read one of the other seven, feel free to do so--and be ready to give us all a little report. 

These three famous titles (The Italian, The Mysteries of Udolpho and The Monk) are all in print; they are also easily accessible as free electronic titles. In addition to your public library, try sites like Project Gutenberg (, Google Books (, and Hathi Trust (, and YouTube for audio versions.

Valancourt Books, a small press in Richmond, has reissued those other seven titles in their "Horrid Novels" series; they are available in paperback or electronic editions. (You can find all ten of the titles in many editions, both print and electronic, at online and brick-and-mortar retailers as well as the public library.)

Please contact for location details. Attendees are encouraged to bring a tea-time to share; beverages will be provided.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Thanks to all who attended our first event --
join us June 7-8, 2019 for our
2019 event in Holly Springs, MS!

A Joint JASNA Meeting: 
Middle Tennessee Region 
and Mississippi Region

Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Oxford, MS

2017 schedule follows

Friday, April 14, 2017

May Day

"Do you want me to answer truthfully, or like a lady's maid?"

Dede Clements will host our Sunday, May 7 meeting, from 2 to 4 pm. The afternoon will reveal secrets and wisdom found in The Duties of a Lady's Maid; with Directions for Conduct and Numerous Receipts for the Toilette, recently published in a facsimile edition by Chawton House Press after the 1825 original. 

This how-to is divided into two sections: the duties of Behavior (good temper, economy, diligence, correct speaking), and the duties of Knowledge and Art (dressing for success, hair-styling, cosmetics, figure-enhancing, use and abuse of soap).

Please bring a treat to share. For directions, contact