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Vancouver Region: Jane Austen Day (Virtual)

Apr 10

10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Mariners and Memoirs

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Join JASNA Vancouver for a day-long celebration of Jane Austen.

In the morning session, Gordon Laco will talk about "Life at Sea in the Royal Navy in Jane Austen's Time." Laco served as Captain of HMS BEE, a replica 1812 warship, and sits on the boards of directors of Tall Ships Canada and Tall Ships America. He has served as Lead Technical Advisor and Historic Consultant for the feature film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and has consulted on over 60 other projects. Laco recently retired as a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. 

After the first presentation, we'll pause for a plate of comestibles and will be joined by Mr. Tony Elliott, retired British naval officer for an informal Q&A over our potluck lunch.

Following lunch, we'll dive into a specially organized Scavenger Hunt, which promises to be great fun!

Dr. Lise Gaston will round out the day with a presentation on "Jane Austen’s Bodies: Late Works and Family Legacy." Gaston is an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria and specializes in Romanticism, the long eighteenth-century, Victorian literature, and women’s writing. Her current research focuses on circulation, women’s mobility, and forms of property ownership in eighteenth and nineteenth-century fiction, especially in novels by Frances Burney, Charlotte Smith, Ann Radcliffe, and Jane Austen.

This virtual meeting is open to all. For more information or to register for the Zoom presentation, please email the Regional Coordinator. Also, please note that the times listed are Pacific Time.