About Us

                                                                                              Ciad Mille Failte!

Which is the Gaelic tag line for the province of Nova Scotia, meaning “One Hundred Thousand Welcomes”, and underscores our Maritime tradition of hospitality.  Our small Canadian province is on the Eastern Seaboard perched upon the Atlantic Ocean, and is a base for The Royal Canadian Navy – which celebrated its Centennial two years ago in 2010.    The regional Nova Scotia chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America, is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, although we are delighted to have members residing in the neighbouring Maritime provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. 

We are one of 11 Canadian regions of the Jane Austen Society of North America  (JASNA) which make up JASNA Canada, which recently launched an attractive site http://jasna.ca, highlighting the Canadian component and the other regions, which are: Calgary http://www.jasnacalgary.ca Edmonton; London; Manitoba; Montréal & Québec City http://jasna-mtl.weebly.com; Ottawa; Saskatchewan; Toronto; Vancouver http://www.jasnavancouver.ca; and Victoria.)  In order to become involved in our region, membership is required in JASNA  (Please see the tab, About JASNA).

One of our members, Sarah Emsley, has an extremely interesting blog and her enchanting story,“The Jane Austen Playgroup” – about young children being introduced to the stories of Jane Austen – was high-lighted in The Jane Austen Centre in Bath’s Newsletter 67, September 2010.  Have an entertaining read at: http://sarahemsley.com

Sarah has also reviewed a new annotated edition of Pride and Prejudice, edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks, that was published in the October 2010 issue of Open Letters Monthly – an Arts and Literature Review“More than any of Jane Austen’s other novels, Pride and Prejudice seems to lend itself to continual reinterpretation”.

With such an intriguing opening sentence, you may continue reading the rest of Sarah’s review by clicking on this link:


As we are a small group, we are able to  meet several times a year in the hospitable comfort of our members’ living rooms, to discuss Jane Austen’s works, related books and papers.  We not only meet to discuss the novels and the minor works, but there are other activities, such as The Strawberry Afternoon Tea and our Indoor Box Hill PicnicWe were also extremely pleased to have participated in a very special lecture at Dalhousie University by distinguished speaker, Professor Alistair Duckworth, Professor Emeritus of the University of Florida, on November 19, 2010. (Please see tab, Past Events

The Regional Co-ordinator for JASNA – Nova Scotia, is Anne Thompson, and you may contact her @ anne_thompson@ns.sympatico.ca

2 Responses to About Us

  1. A number of Vancouver members will be attending the AGM in Fort Worth – are any of your members going to be there? We should all try and meet up over the course of the event – it would be lovely to meet you all. Best regards.

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