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April Special Event!

April 18, 2015 @ 11:00 AM PDT

Please join us on Saturday, April 18th at 11am, at the La Jolla Public Library (7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037) for a special presentation by JASNA President, Claire Bellanti:

“You Can Get a Parasol at Whitby”: Jane Austen and Circulating Libraries

Circulating libraries made reading fashionable when books were expensive, but in Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Collins snubs a book at the Bennets’ after the book was announced to be from a circulating library. Why would a stuffy clergyman refuse to read such a book and why did young ladies like Lydia read little else? President Bellanti will have the answers for us.

Claire Bellanti holds an MA in History from UNLV and an MBA from UCLA. Retired from a 35-year career as a Library Professional at UCLA, she specialized in public services and preservation storage facilities. In addition to lectures and articles in the area of her professional interests, Claire has spoken and written on the Sadleir Collection of 19th Century Literature, located in the UCLA Library Special Collections Department. A member of JASNA since 1987, she has actively participated in her region as Treasurer, Regional Coordinator, and Co-Coordinator of the JASNA Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Los Angeles, California. She also served as JASNA’s Vice-President for Regions from 2009-2012. Although it can be difficult to squeeze anything more in alongside Jane Austen, Claire’s other interests include 19th century British and Russian history and literature, knitting, and quilting.

Members: This very special event is open to the public. Please invite friends and family, and, as always, we appreciate any baked foods or other goodies you can provide. If you have Regency Attire, this is the time to wear it! If you can arrive early to help set up, that would be super helpful.

This program is funded in part by the Jane Austen Society of North America.


Special Members Tea

JASNA Members and their guests are invited to join Claire after her presentation for Afternoon Tea at Mary’s English Kitchen.

Cost: $23.95 (about $30 after tax + tip).

Address: Mary’s English Kitchen, 7918 Ivanhoe Avenue, La Jolla, 92037

Parking: There is limited parking, so please carpool or take a taxi to the tea.

We must have your RSVP to attend the Tea, as we must make reservations. Please e-mail Jeanne at jeannecat@aol.com, and send your check for $30 to hold your reservation to:

Jeanne Talbot
c/o Answer California
181 Rea Ave., Suite 201
El Cajon, CA 92020

Can’t wait to see you there!


April 18, 2015
11:00 AM PDT
Event Category:


Jane Austen Society of North America San Diego


San Diego, California

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