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 chapter is one of the oldest and largest 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, sponsor an annual 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: Lyme Park stood in for Pemberley in the 1995 Pride and Prejudice mini series.
Celebrating 40 Years!
JASNA (October 5, 1979) and JASNA Southwest (December 14, 1979)
Countdown to the 40th anniversary of our founding (December 14, 1979)
Longtime JASNA member and Southwest board member Jaye Scholl Bohlen (pictured above, right, with Jan Fahey) passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on May 4, 2019. She is survived by her husband, Charlie, and children Avis, Charles III and Peter. She played many roles...read more
Registration is still open for the June 1 event at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Speakers: Ted Scheinman, author of Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan, and his mother, noted Austen scholar Deborah Knuth Klenck,...read more
It looks like we will have another record-setting year at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the USC campus. For the first day today, we had more than 1,000 visitors to the booth. Be sure to stop by tomorrow and pick up a limited-edition I'm a Jane Austen Fan...read more
Since 1996, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has become a world-renowned experience gathering writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians and emerging storytellers. More than 150,000 people attend, making it the largest festival of its kind in the United...read more
By Karen Rueda JASNA Southwest kicked off 2019 by expanding to four meetings per year with its first-ever February meeting, on Saturday the 23rd, with 108 members and guests registering for the sold-out event at the Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale. JASNA’s...read more
Los Angeles Theatre Works is offering JASNA Southwest members discounted tickets for its production of E. M. Forster's A Room With a View, with performances March 1-3 at UCLA. Biting social satire and passionate romance take center stage in this new radio theatre...read more
William A. James passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on January 7, 2019, at age 65 after a valiant 22-month battle with pancreatic cancer. His wife, Syrie James, held his hand as he took his last breath. January 10 would have been their 43rd wedding...read more
JASNA Southwest is proud to sponsor one of only 20 named spots along the new Jane Austen Garden Trail at Chawton House in England. The image above is a preview of our plaque on the walk. JASNA Southwest members helped us raise funds for this project to support Chawton...read more
Save the Date for the following upcoming events! Sign up for our mailing list for more information.
Saturday, September 14, 2019, Chapman University
Jane Austen Meets Mary Shelley
John Kessel will discuss Pride and Prometheus, his mashup of Pride and Prejudice and Frankenstein
UCLA Professor Anne Mellor will give a talk on Mothering Monsters: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Author Victoria Shorr will discuss her new book Midnight: Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning
Saturday, December 7, 2019, USC Town & Gown
JASNA Southwest’s 40th Anniversary Celebration
What’s Next in Jane Austen?
Featured speakers: Devoney Looser and Janine Barchas
Saturday, May 2, 2020, Mission Inn, Riverside
Miss Austen Goes to Washington
Our event will explore Regency-era politics as well as Austen’s influence today.
Featured speakers: Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside), former English teacher who launched a Jane Austen reading group on Capitol Hill, and Austen scholar Sheryl Craig, author of Jane Austen and the State of the Nation
Reading, Film and Game Groups
For the upcoming schedule for each of our reading, film and game groups, visit the 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.
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