North Texas Region

“The Sounds of Silence: Anne Elliot among the Talkers”
December 1, 2012

Start the holiday Jane Austen style!  The annual December luncheon honoring Jane Austen’s 237th birthday is scheduled for Saturday, December 1, 2012.  The setting for the luncheon will be the Warwick Melrose Hotel.  Registration forms are available on the North Texas website.

Juliet McMaster
Juliet McMaster

We are honored to welcome Professor Juliet McMaster to the North Texas Region, where she will speak on the novel Persuasion – “The Sounds of Silence: Anne Elliot among the Talkers.”

A world-renowned scholar of 19th-century English literature and a highly respected teacher at the University of Alberta, Juliet McMaster was the first faculty member to receive the University Cup. The award, established in 1995 and presented annually, recognizes a senior faculty member who has distinguished themselves in both teaching and research.

A native of Kenya, McMaster completed her undergraduate degree at Oxford University before arriving in Edmonton in 1961.  In 1965, she was the first doctoral student to finish the University of Alberta’s PhD program in the Faculty of Arts.  That same year, in recognition of her placing second in the 1965 Canadian fencing championships and earning a place on the Canadian team, McMaster was named Alberta’s athlete of the year.

Since joining the University of Alberta in 1965, McMaster has taught some 20 courses, including a fencing course for drama students.  A noted author and scholar, she has written and co-authored books on Jane Austen, William Makepeace Thackeray, Anthony Trollope, and Charles Dickens; has produced a number of book illustrations and sculptures; and has over 70 articles and book contributions to her credit.

McMaster has won more than a dozen distinguished awards including the 1993 $50,000 Canada Council Molson Prize, Canada Council Killam Research Fellowship, J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research, a McCalla Professorship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.  She was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1980.

The event is open to members and guests and those with an interest in Jane Austen.  Cost of the program and luncheon is $40.00 and reservations are required by 11/23/12.  The Warwick Melrose Hotel is located at 3015 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219.

For more information contact Susan Jelen at or 214-448-5554.  Send reservations to Susan Jelen 4213 Prospect Lane, Plano, Texas 75093.

—Cheryl Kinney