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.

2017 Festival of Books

More than a thousand visitors stopped by the JASNA-Southwest booth at this year's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books the weekend of April 22-23. For the seventh year, JASNA-Southwest hosted a booth at the event -- the nation's largest book festival. Visitors were...

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AGM Registration Opens June 7!

Registration for the 2017 Annual General Meeting in Huntington Beach -- being hosted by our own JASNA-Southwest -- opens next week, on Wednesday, June 7 at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Registration often sells out quickly, so mark your calendar! Here are a few tips to help...

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Spring Meeting Recap

Members and guests were transported to the England of Jane Austen's Regency era as well as early 20th century Britain in an illustrated and illuminating presentation by DiAnn Ellis titled "Historical, Cultural and Social Links from Jane Austen to Downton Abbey." The...

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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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April 21-22, 2018
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
University of Southern California

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