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, sponsor a 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.

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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 


December 3, 2022

Join us at The Grand in Long Beach, CA
for our Winter 2022 In-Person Regional Meeting

Jane Austen and the Musical Arts

The Grand, 4101 E. Willow Street, Long Beach 

The Catalina Room

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

We know our Jane loved music and dancing. Start your holiday season with us for a full day immersed in the music and dance enjoyed by Jane Austen and in film adaptations to be held in the beautiful event center The Grand in Long Beach. In the morning, after a continental breakfast, we will learn about the music performed in four film adaptations of Emma and be treated to a musical performance by a flutist and a pianist. After lunch, we will learn about dancing in Austen’s time. The afternoon program will conclude with lessons in English Country Dancing. This will be a beginner level dancing class.
Featured Presentations:
 “Taking Music Seriously: Scenes of Musical Performance in Four Film Adaptations of Jane Austen’s Emma,”
presented by Dr. Colleen Reardon
       “In The Music Room With Jane Austen,”  
Musical Performance by Flutist Ann Erwin and Pianist Edith Orloff 
       “Dancing with Jane Austen’” presented by Dancing Master Cara King
       English Country Dancing led by Cara King
Regency dress for dancing is encouraged but not required. We ask that you wear gloves and a mask.


NOVEMBER 18, 2022
No refunds will be possible after this date.


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 until 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.



-Registration and Continental Breakfast – 9:00 am – 9:45 am
-Program, Luncheon, Dancing – 9:45 am – 3:00 pm


COST: Member Registration Fee  $95  |  Guests/Nonmembers $105   |   Students $25


Continental Breakfast: hot and iced tea, coffee and water, with assorted breakfast breads, mini muffins and mini Danishes. A fruit plate to share will be on each table.


Lunch: A plated lunch will be served. Lunch choices are one of the following:
  • Roasted butternut squash, stuffed with roasted vegetables and topped with a balsamic glaze (vegan/vegetarian/gluten free)
  • Chicken Marsala; bone-in chicken breast with sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions and Marsala wine sauce
  • Beef brisket: tender roasted beef brisket with natural jus
All lunches will be accompanied by a spinach citrus salad, rolls and butter, wild rice pilaf, and French green beans.
Lemon and pecan bars for dessert.  
If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know in the registration form.



Dr. Colleen Reardon is on the faculty at the University of California, Irvine. Her specialization is musicology, for which she is Undergraduate Director at UCI. Professor Reardon has received a Fulbright Fellowship and two grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities and is a former President of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music. Her teaching focuses on European art music 1100-1830; opera; Jane Austen and music; nuns and music, Sondheim’s musicals; film music.
Her talk to us will be “Taking Music Seriously: Scenes of Musical Performance in Four Film Adaptations of Jane Austen’s Emma.” Emma is the only novel where Austen names a specific composer, a specific composition, and the name of a keyboard manufacturer. Scenes of musical performance provide clues as to its central mystery (“Who gave Jane Fairfax the piano?”), help illustrate the personalities and characters and reflect Austen’s ideas on the role of music in the lives of men and women of her time. Dr. Reardon will compare and contrast scenes of musical performance in four film adaptations of Emma, dating from 1996 to 2020.


We know that Jane Austen was an avid pianist, and we know that she enjoyed listening to music.  Join flutist Ann Erwin and pianist Edith Orloff in a concert exploring music that Jane could have heard and even played herself.  Included in the program will be pieces from the Austen Family Music Books, held at Chawton House.


Edith Oloff, Pianist

A versatile performer, pianist Edith Orloff is acclaimed as recitalist, chamber musician, and
concerto soloist, whose music-making is praised at home and abroad for interpretive vitality
and perceptive musicianship. Her concerts have taken her across the United States as well as
to Germany, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Italy, Canada, and Mexico. “Her
passagework purled, delicacy or crunch emerged to order from her rapid playing, chords had
a cushion of authority, articulation illuminated melody.” (Los Angeles Times) She is a
founding member of the Los Angeles-based Pacific Trio, with violinist Roger Wilkie and
cellist John Walz, which has toured the U.S. and Europe. The trio has served as ensemble-in-
residence at Idyllwild Arts summer festival, where Ms. Orloff has taught piano and chamber
music since 1976. She has recorded for the Yarlung, Marsyas, Capriccio, and Encora labels.
Her solo CD, “Personal Touch”, featuring varied works for solo piano by old masters and
contemporary composers, has garnered high praise in reviews by American Record Guide
and Germany’s PianoNews. Ms. Orloff holds two degrees from California Institute of the Arts,
where she studied piano with Earle Voorhies and chamber music with Cesare Pascarella.
Other influential teachers were Reginald Stewart, Jerome Lowenthal, Rosina Lhevinne, Daniel Pollack, Hellmut Hidegheti, and Roberto Eyzaguirre.



Ann Erwin, Flutist

Flutist Ann Erwin holds music degrees from the University of Southern California and
UC San Diego, and was awarded Annette Kade and Harriet Hale Woolley Fellowships

to study the flute in Paris, where her teachers were Michel Debost and Ida Ribera. In
Southern California she studied with Roger Stevens, Anne Diener Zentner, and Damian
Bursill-Hall. She also studied chamber music at the Yale Summer School in Norfolk,
Connecticut. Ann has performed with the San Diego Symphony and Opera Orchestras,
New Hampshire Music Festival, Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra, Ventura
Symphony Orchestra, Santa Barbara Chamber Music Festival, Strauss Symphony of
America, and many other organizations. She has served as an Assistant Professor of
Flute at the University of Wyoming and the University of Tennessee, and has also
taught at the University of New Hampshire and Cerritos College. Currently Principal
Flute of San Diego’s Classics Philharmonic and a member of the Channel Islands
Chamber Orchestra, Ann maintains a private flute studio and is an active flute
adjudicator. She often performs recitals of music by women composers, and chairs the student Women Composers Festival for the Conejo Valley Branch of the Music Teachers Association of California. Ann is a lifelong Jane Austen fan. She attended her first JASNA AGM in 2021 and loved it.


Cara King, English Country Dance Caller

Cara King is a freelance researcher, caller, and teacher of historical dance, with a focus on English Country Dance and the social dancing of Jane Austen’s England.  She has taught online classes on the subject for Regency Fiction Writers, lectured on it for the Historical Tea & Dance Society, and twice been Dance Mistress at the annual ball for The Beau Monde (the Regency chapter of the Romance Writers of America).  Cara regularly calls with the Historical Tea & Dance Society and Monrovia English Country Dance.


 *~* Upcoming Free Zoom Events *~*

All of our online Zoom events are open to JASNA members as well as non-members. Invite your friends!

(See our in-person events in next section)



We have postponed our Zoom Presentation originally scheduled for November 14, 2022 by Mr.
Saif Islam on his project to resurrect the lost art of Dhaka Muslin, the precious fabric popularized
in the late 18th century created in and imported from what was then Bengal (now present-day
In the Fall of 2023 we will have an In-Person Meeting which will feature Mr. Islam on a pre-
recorded program discussing his project to resurrect Dhaka Muslin. The program will also
feature Carrie Wright (in person) presenting on “Jewelry in Jane Austen’s Time”.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

January 28, 2023

College Students Take On Jane Austen
Zoom Presentation by students of Dr. Jason Solinger, 18th Century scholar, University of Mississippi
11:00 AM-12:30 PM Pacific


March 4, 2023
Coverture and Marriage Law in Early America
Zoom Presentation by Dr. Catherine Allgor, President, Massachusetts Historical Society
11:00 AM-12:30 PM Pacific


February 11, 2023

                9:00 am – 12:45 pm

                In-Person Half-Day Event

                Location:  TBD

                Featured Presentations:  Regency Noir:  Romance, Race, and the Rise of ’The Woman of Colourpresented by Dr. Leigh-Michil George

                The Bennets are Asian American:  Asian Diaspora and the Regency Period presented by Dr. Lillian Lu


May 6, 2023


In-Person Full-Day Event concluding with an optional tour:  Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, Riverside

Featured speakers:  Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside), former high school English teacher who launched a Jane Austen reading group on Capitol Hill; Dr. Danielle Spratt, Professor at Cal State Northridge on “Austen and the Politics of Resistance”; and Susan Straight, acclaimed author and Riverside native.

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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