Jane Austen Society of North America, Southwest Region
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.
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...read more
Join us for Spring Cleaning at Chawton on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the UCLA Faculty Center. Coffee and continental breakfast begin at 9 a.m. with the program starting at 10 a.m. Registration is open now. The program will include a talk by Jan Fahey on...read more
The Southwest Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) is accepting video submissions for our second Young Filmmakers Contest. Students at the high school, college and graduate-school levels (including spring 2018 graduates) are eligible to compete...read more
JASNA Southwest welcomed a record-breaking number of visitors to our booth at the 2018 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the University of Southern California campus. Some 1,728 visitors stopped by our booth — up from 1,013 in 2017! Our "I'm a Jane Austen Fan"...read more
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” and Erika Kotite and Lynda Hall, “A Room of Anne’s Own: Homelessness and Female Spaces in Persuasion”
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.
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!