Welcome

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 offer numerous local reading and game 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.

Spring Cleaning at Chawton

At the 2018 Spring Meeting on June 2 at the UCLA Faculty Center, JASNA Southwest members Jan Fahey and Terry Ryan gave enlightening presentations on bathing, hygiene, housekeeping and home remedies on the topic “Spring Cleaning at Chawton.” The event attracted a...

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Q&A with JASNA President Claire Bellanti

Claire Bellanti has served as president of the Jane Austen Society of North America since 2014. She previously was vice president for regions from 2010 to 2013 and JASNA Southwest's co-president/regional coordinator from 2005 to 2008. She retired from UCLA after a...

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Regional Meetings

Save the Date for the following upcoming events! Sign up for our mailing list for more information.

Fall Meeting — Saturday, September 8, Pasadena Central Library, Collins Hemingway, “Persuasion and the Art and Science of Austen’s Fiction”

Winter Meeting — Saturday, December 8, Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield

Reading and Game Groups

For the upcoming schedule for each of our reading and game groups, visit the reading and game groups page.

Immerse yourself in an Austen novel, participate in a reading or game 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 Southern California by attending one of our regional meetings.

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