Whether you have just discovered Jane Austen or are a lifelong aficionado, you are welcome at the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) and our local region of the society, JASNA-Southwest.

Our region is one of the oldest and largest in the national society. We host three regional meetings annually, featuring a wide range of speakers and presentations, and support numerous local reading groups. Learn more about the benefits of joining JASNA and JASNA-Southwest on our membership page.

We hope you enjoy exploring our site and we hope to see you soon!

Left: Lyme Park stood in for Pemberley in the 1995 Pride and Prejudice mini series.

JASNA-SW Spring Meeting

Jane Austen to Downton Abbey Join us on Sunday, May 21 for "Jane Austen to Downton Abbey" at the University Club of Pasadena, from 1:30-4 p.m. Our featured speaker is Dr. DiAnn Ellis, who will discuss "Historical, Cultural and Social Links from Jane Austen to Downton...

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Call for Films!

Young Filmmakers Contest The Southwest Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) is accepting video submissions for its Young Filmmakers Contest, part of the 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) “Jane Austen in Paradise: Intimations of Immortality.”...

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Interview with Robert Rodi

Robert Rodi's eagerly anticipated new novel, Edgar and Emma, is his first Austen-inspired fiction. A longtime Austen devotee, he previously published the Bitch in a Bonnet blog and book series with his irreverent and insightful takes on Austen's six novels. He was our...

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May 21
Spring Meeting
“Historical, Cultural and Social Links from Jane Austen to Downton Abbey”
University Club of Pasadena

Oct. 5
JASNA AGM Pre-Conference Tour
Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens

Oct. 6–8
Huntington Beach, CA

Oct. 9
JASNA AGM Post-Conference Tour
San Diego Harbor

Reading Groups

For the upcoming schedule for each of our reading groups, visit the reading groups page and click the link of the group nearest you.

Immerse yourself in an Austen novel, participate in a reading group or catch up on the latest JASNA-Southwest news.
Explore the benefits of becoming a JASNA and JASNA-Southwest member, or join or renew your membership now!
Discover our wide range of events or scroll through our archive for recaps, video and audio from past meetings.
Join other Jane Austen fans from around the country October 6-8 at the 2017 Annual General Meeting, hosted by our region.
Greet visitors at our Festival of Books booth, organize a new reading group or assist with events and more as a valued volunteer.
Support JASNA’s Southwest region with a tax-deductible donation in any amount. Your gift truly makes a meaningful difference in all we do!
Discover a treasure trove of resources, including our comprehensive guide to film adaptations as well as books Austen herself admired.
Email jasnasw or visit our contact page to direct your query on a specific topic or to a board member. We look forward to hearing from you.

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“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
—Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.”
—Jane Austen, Jane Austen’s Letters

“For my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.”
—Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

“It is not what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”
—Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

“It is such a happiness when good people get together, and they always do.”
—Jane Austen, Emma

“I am not a great reader, and I have pleasure in many things.”
—Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“My idea of good company … is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation.” “That is not good company, that is the best.”
—Jane Austen, Persuasion

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”
—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“We all have our best guides within us, if only we would listen.”
—Jane Austen, Mansfield Park