Today’s event at the Pasadena Public Library celebrating “200 Years of Persuasion” attracted a record 139 registrants, by far the most for one of JASNA Southwest’s fall meetings. Attendees traveled from as far away as San Diego and Fresno as well as Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Many new members were in attendance, as well as longtime JASNA members. Some 33 people donated to help make the event possible.

The presentations by Collins Hemingway (Persuasion and the Art and Science of Austen’s Fiction) and Erika Kotite and Lynda Hall (A Room of Anne’s Own: Homelessness and Female Spaces in Persuasion) were fascinating and elicited lively Q&A discussions after each. The event concluded with book signings.

A longer recap of the day will follow later but here are a few photos from the event.