Jane Fest 2017

Tickets on sale beginning June 17th!


The 2nd Annual Jane Austen Festival, known as “Jane Fest“, hosted by The Jane Austen Society of North America, Central California Region, will be held on September 23, 2017, from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Clovis, CA.

During her lifetime, Jane Austen published only six novels, but 200 years after her death, her popularity remains stronger than ever. It stands to reason then that the theme of this year’s Jane Fest would, and should be, Jane’s Enduring Legacy.

The programme for the day will include two lectures on Austen-related topics, an afternoon tea, and an evening dance in the English Country Dance style. We are also opening up spaces for vendors of craft goods fitting the theme (reflecting the 18th – 19th centuries) to sell to interested shoppers.


Lectures – $10.00 each
Afternoon Tea – $20.00
Evening Dance – $20.00
Full Day Package – $50.00 (that’s a 15% discount or one free lecture!)

The vendor area selling hand-crafted goods, vintage items, and other wares will be open to the public for free.

Tickets on sale beginning June 17th!



Hilton Garden Inn
520 W. Shaw Ave.
Clovis, CA 93612
Coming from out of town? A limited number of hotel rooms will be available for attendees at a discounted rate of $119 per night on a first come – first served basis.


9:00 am – 5:00 pm-  Craft Fair & Attendee Registration (all day)

10:00 am – 11:00 am – A lecture from Austen sequel writer, Diana Birchall
“The Sequel Explained It” – Writing Austenesque fiction as a way to explore and to celebrate Jane Austen

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm -A Traditional English Tea and Silent Auction

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – A lecture from Fresno Pacific University professor, Eleanor Nickel
“Jane Austen’s Legacy in Film and Television Adaptations”

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner On Your Own
Feel free to choose one of our fabulous local
restaurants, or stay and eat at the Great American Grill inside the Hilton Garden Inn.
Austen-themed drink specials will be available at the bar starting at 5:00 pm.

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Regency Ball
Bay Area dance caller, Alan Winston, will guide us through an evening of English Country Dancing

Tickets on sale beginning June 17th!



Diana Birchall recently retired from her career as a story analyst at Warner Bros, where she read novels to see if they would make movies. The author of some of the earliest Austenesque fiction, her “Mrs. Darcy’s Dilemma” and “Mrs. Elton in America” were published by Sourcebooks, and she writes regularly for Austen Variations. Her play about Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, “You are Passionate, Jane”, was performed at Chawton House Library in England, with Diana as Charlotte, and fellow Austenesque author, Syrie James, channeling Jane. Diana and Syrie co-wrote two comedy plays for JASNA, “The Austen Assizes”, presented in New York in 2012, and “A Dangerous Intimacy: Behind the Scenes at Mansfield Park”, in Montreal in 2014. Diana is also the author of a scholarly biography of her grandmother, the first Asian American novelist, Onoto Watanna. To date, she has given nearly a hundred talks on subjects including Jane Austen, sequel writing, Hollywood, and her grandmother, in places ranging from Oxford and Yale to Alaska and Calgary.

Eleanor Hersey Nickel is Associate Professor of English and Chair of the English Department and Humanities Division at Fresno Pacific University. Her research interests include television adaptations of women’s fiction, with published articles on Edith Wharton’s The Buccaneers, L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, and Willa Cather’s My Ántonia. In 2013, she took advantage of her lifelong love for Jane Austen and published “When Darcy Is a Dog: How Wishbone Introduces Children to Jane Austen” in Persuasions On-line. She is proud to be the first person–to her knowledge– to have published a scholarly article on Wishbone, one of the great children’s television shows of all time.

Caller, choreographer, and community leader, Alan Winston has been dancing since 1978 and calling since 1985. His dance interests include Regency, Early American, Victorian, modern English Country Dance, ceilidh, contra dance and morris dance. A co-founder of the Bay Area English Regency Society and chair of the Bay Area Country Dance Society, Alan served on the CDSS Board for six years. His clear, cheerful, and witty instructions have served dancers well at a variety of venues, including science fiction and romance writer conventions, weddings, JASNA annual assemblies, Playford Balls on both coasts, the Seattle English Ball (and Lake City Contra Dance), a residential Victorian weekend, and many other events. Alan has led English Country Dancing in 10 states and two countries. His dances “Sparkling and Still”, “Movement Afoot” and “New Decade Waltz”, among others, have entered the American country-dance repertoire.


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Tickets on sale beginning June 17th!


Questions regarding Jane Fest? Contact Regional Coordinator, Carrie Flores, below…