The Idaho Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America was organized in 1994. Meetings are held four times each year in Boise, Idaho. For membership information, please visit For information about meetings, please contact Cheryl Russell-Griebenow, Idaho Regional Coordinator, at

April 13, 2010 JASNA-Idaho Meeting

JASNA-Idaho April Meeting

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

7:00 p.m.

Hillcrest Branch Library, Overland and Orchard, Boise

JASNA’s 2010 Annual General Meeting in Portland focuses on Austen's novel Northanger Abbey. In preparation, Jane Austen Book Club members will be reading Northanger Abbey for the September book club meeting. The April JASNA-Idaho Region meeting will feature a presentation on Austen's Northanger Abbey and the influence that Anne Radcliffe's Mysteries of Udolpho had on Jane's writing. Susan Durst, founder and past-Regional Coordinator of the Idaho Region, will be our featured speaker. In her presentation Susan will make a case for the brilliance of Radcliffe's novel and defend it as far more than one of the countless forgettable gothic mysteries of the day. While some critics believe that Austen's Northanger Abbey is little more than a humorous gothic melodrama, Susan contends that Austen actually pays homage to the genre and imitates--in her brilliant way and as the highest form of flattery--several of Radcliffe's plot and character elements. As we might expect, Jane does so with irony and humor.

Please attend April’s meeting and join in our discussion of Northanger Abbey.

The Jane Austen Book Club

Tuesday, January 9 - Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley (7:00 p.m., Collister Library, Sycamore Room)
Tuesday, March 13 - Jane Austen's Prayers edited by Terry Glaspey (7:00 p.m., Collister Library, Sycamore Room)
Tuesday, May 8 - Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell (7:00 p.m., Collister Library, Sycamore Room Boise)
Tuesday, July 10 - The Making of Jane Austen by Devoney Looser (7:00 p.m., Collister Library, Sycamore Room)
Tuesday, September 11 - Persuasion by Jane Austen(7:00 p.m., Collister Library, Sycamore Room)
Tuesday, November 14 - At Home by Bill Bryson (7:00 p.m., Collister Library, Sycamore Room)

The Jane Austen Book Club meets six times each year to discuss books by, about and because of Jane Austen. For information about book club meetings, contact Monica Van Bussum at