North Texas Region

December Birthday Luncheon
“Was Mr. Darcy Really That Rich?”
December 7, 2013

Start the holiday Jane Austen style!  The annual December luncheon honoring Jane Austen’s 238th birthday is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM.  The setting for the luncheon will be the Warwick Melrose Hotel.

Diane Capitani
Diane Capitani

We are honored to welcome Professor Diane Capitani.  Dr. Capitani will be speaking on the novel Pride and Prejudice – “Was Mr. Darcy Really That Rich?”

Diane Capitani, Ph.D., holds four Master’s degrees and is the director of the Writing Center at the Garrett Seminary where she is Affiliate Faculty in writing and theology.  She is also a lecturer in English and comparative literature at Northwestern University.  She has been a breakout speaker at the Toronto AGM, the AGM in Tucson and the AGM in 2011 in Fort Worth.  She has published in Persuasions On-line and has published scholarly articles in the United Kingdom and American in the journal Christianity and Literature on Iris Murdoch and in Feminist Theology on Frances Willard.  She is currently at work on an article for the Gaskell Society Journal and redoing the end of her novel, Henry Crawford’s Story before it goes to publication.

Luncheon menu includes mixed green salad with Gala apple, cherry tomato & white balsamic maple vinaigrette dressing, grilled chicken breast with ratatouille (whatever that is — but it sounds good), spinach, and arugula pesto, and chocolate-chocolate cake for dessert (that’s right – double chocolate!).  Coffee, tea, rolls and butter are included.

The event is open to members and guests and those with an interest in Jane Austen.  Cost of the program and luncheon is $42.00 and reservations are required by 11/30/13.  Registration forms are available on the North Texas website.  The Warwick Melrose Hotel is located at 3015 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219.

For more information contact Susan Jelen at

—Cheryl Kinney

Funding for Professor Capitani’s visit is provided by the JASNA Traveling Lecturer program.