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The next JASNA Nova Scotia meeting is on Sunday, May 4th at 2pm. We’re venturing outside the Halifax area – hooray! – and we’re meeting at Catherine Morley’s house in the beautiful town of Hantsport. Let me know (by leaving a comment below) if you’re interested in attending and need directions.

Blue Beach, Nova Scotia

Blue Beach, near Hantsport, NS

I’ll be speaking on one of my favourite topics: “Why Mansfield Park is a Tragedy,” and leading a discussion of the novel, especially its famous “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery” ending. You can read about why I think it’s a tragedy in this post I wrote a couple of months ago.

And then on May 9th, you can read Lyn Bennett’s guest post on the opening paragraph of Mansfield Park on the blog. If you haven’t received it yet, you can find “Your Invitation to Mansfield Park” here.

An Invitation to Mansfield Park

An Invitation to Mansfield Park

I love this novel and I’m excited about discussing it with JASNA NS in person and with all of you on-line. Next week, I’ll write more about Anne of Green Gables and Halifax, and then it’s on to the Mansfield Park celebrations!