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 the largest and one of the oldest in the national society. We host four regional meetings annually that feature a wide range of speakers and presentations, offer numerous local reading and game groups, started the Young Filmmakers Contest and maintain a comprehensive guide to Austen Adaptations.
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: Glamified version of the iconic portrait of Austen by her sister, Cassandra, circa 1810
Austen’s original writing desk, which was returned to the Jane Austen’s House in Chawton in 1957
Chawton Cottage, England
See Our Upcoming Events
All events are open to JASNA-SW members as well as non-members.
COVID Restrictions will continue to be in effect for our in-person meetings through May 2023. Our board made the decision to follow the CDC guidelines once we reopened our in-person events beginning in May 2022. We require vaccination and updated booster shots for those in attendance to our events. Some people are more likely than others to get very sick if they get COVID-19. This includes people who are older, are immunocompromised, have certain disabilities, or have underlying health conditions. We have board members, speakers, and JASNA members who are included in the above list. We seek to promote good health to all who wish to gather with us in our shared admiration of Jane Austen.
Registering for this event signifies acceptance of JASNA Southwest’s vaccination policy and Community Guidelines and acknowledgment that failure to comply will result in being barred from attendance without refund.
Reading, Film and Game Groups
For the upcoming schedule for each of our reading, film and game groups, visit the 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!
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.