JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY NORTH AMERICA

Maine Chapter

 

We are a regional organization of admirers of Jane Austen and her writings, founded in 1977.  Our group meets four times a year, mostly in the Greater Portland or Brunswick area, to hear speakers, discuss Austen’s work and life, celebrate her birthday and enjoy the company of other Janeites.  We are proud of our summer “Boxhill picnic”.
Anyone who has chuckled at, appreciates or has been moved by Austen’s novels will find a cordial welcome at our meetings.   You can also visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janeaustensocietyofnorthamericamaine.
JASNA-Maine is one of more than 70 regions which comprise the Jane Austen Society of North America.   Membership in our parent group confers regional membership.  One may attend the regional meetings as guests.  To learn more about JASNA or to join, see http://www.jasna.org/membership/index.html.

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Laura Rocklyn

Miss Austen at Home: The year is 1815, and Jane Austen has just returned from a visit to The Prince Regent’s London residence. The honor of this invitation prompts her to reminisce about the events that led the daughter of a country clergyman to a position of such prestige. She shares her thoughts and feelings about her novels and how their publication changed her life forever.

Maine Janeites enjoyed the unusual experience of drinking tea with Jane Austen!  She joined us for our Fall meeting at the University of Southern Maine.  Miss Austen, aka Laura Rocklyn, reminisced on her life as a clergyman’s daughter, a sibling in a large family, a beloved sister and a published author.  Dressed in a simple regency frock that Elizabeth Bennett might have worn, members and guests easily joined in a simulation of the highpoints of Austen’s life. “Miss Austen At Home” is the creation of Laura Rocklyn who lives and works in Washington, D.C.