Jane Austen Society of North America, Southwest Region
Reading and Game Groups
JASNA Southwest offers more than a dozen reading groups that meet regularly to explore works not only by and about Jane Austen but also by her literary influences, her contemporaries, those who followed her, and even current authors whose novels are in some way relevant to our appreciation of Austen.
The region also features two groups that play Austen-related and Regency-era games Austen or her characters actually played. We are in the process of developing a new film adaptation group that will focus on one Austen novel at a time, comparing it with its various film adaptations, including traditional and modern versions.
Each group determines its own schedule and selections. Some groups organize potluck meals, alternate hosting duties or ask members to pack a lunch. A few meet at a fixed location, while others take turns in member’s homes or in local libraries and other venues.
Since our region spans Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties, JASNA Southwest groups give members the opportunity to gather with other Austen aficionados close to home.
Organize a New Group
New groups are forming all the time. If you don’t find one near you or if the group in your area is at capacity, please consider creating a new one. It’s easy and fun to do. For assistance, contact Regional Coordinator Susie Wampler.
Click on one of the reading groups below to learn about upcoming meetings, previous book selections and more!
Although San Diego is a separate JASNA region, many JASNA-Southwest members are interested in San Diego JASNA events and vice versa. Contact: Jeanne Talbot.
Members of the San Gabriel Valley Reading Group at the January 2017 Jane Austen Evening
Long Beach Reading Group
Riverside Reading Group
West Los Angeles Reading Group
Westside/405 Reading Group
Santa Monica Reading Group