Program Information – Jane Austen: Working Women

Join JASNA-NJ on Saturday, November 13th at 2pm for a discussion with Liz Philosophos Cooper, president of the Jane Austen Society of North America and co-sponsored by the Princeton Public Library.

Jane Austen: Working Woman

“I must keep to my own style & go on in my own Way”

Jane Austen was a working woman and determined professional writer.This illustrated talk will explore Austen’s involvement in the business of publishing novels during a time of rampant financial instability. The Austen family were active participants in both war and finance and these two sectors intertwined in the story of Jane Austen’s writing and publishing.

About the Speaker

Liz Philosophos Cooper is the President of JASNA. Liz is a second-generation JASNA member who fell in love with Austen’s work as a high school student. A member of JASNA since 1992, she has actively participated in local JASNA activities and served as JASNA’s Vice-President for Regions for six years starting in 2012 and Regional Coordinator of Wisconsin prior to that. A popular speaker, she is a contributing writer to Jane Austen’s Regency World and co-edits Wisconsin Region’s A Year with Jane Austen calendar. Her talk from the Washington DC AGM, “The Apothecary and the Physician: Emma’s Mr. Perry” was published in Persuasions 38.

She holds a BA (Communication Arts) from the University of Wisconsin. She worked in marketing before taking time off to raise four sons. Literature has always been a part of Liz’s life. She began a Village book group in 1986 that is still going strong and organized and implemented a Junior Great Books reading program at the local elementary school. An active volunteer in the community, Liz served as president of a community foundation for many years.

Liz and her husband Scott run a marketing consulting firm and look forward to traveling again. True fact: they visited Chawton on their honeymoon in 1978! After having three brothers and four sons, it is a great joy for her to have three new daughters through marriage. Her three granddaughters and four grandsons are known to host tea parties with Jane Austen showing it’s never too early to learn about Jane!

To join us on Saturday, November 13th, please register here. We look forward to seeing you.

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