Welcome

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 four regional meetings annually, featuring a wide range of speakers and presentations, and offer numerous local reading and game 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.

November Newsletter Out Now

Check out our November newsletter for information on our upcoming regional events through May 2020, as well as our fundraising project for Chawton House and Austen stage adaptations being performed throughout Southern California this...

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New Speakers Added to Sony Event

Additional speakers have joined our lineup for our Winter 2018 meeting at Sony Pictures Studios. Ashley Clements, star of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, will do a Q&A session on "The Modern Elizabeth Bennet," while fashion historian Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell will...

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Help JASNA Southwest Support Chawton House

Chawton House was the home of Austen's brother Edward Knight, who offered nearby Chawton Cottage to his mother and sister' during what would become Austen's home during her final, most productive years of life. Now an important nonprofit center for the study of early...

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Pride and Prejudice Named 4th Best Loved Book

Pride and Prejudice placed fourth out of 100 books in the running for best-loved novel in PBS' The Great American Read. After a nationwide voting, the results were announced on Oct. 23, with To Kill a Mockingbird coming out on top, followed by the Outlander series,...

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2018 AGM Highlights

Video from the 2018 JASNA Annual General Meeting in Kansas City

Regional Meetings

Save the Date for the following upcoming events! Sign up for our mailing list for more information.

Saturday, December 8, 2018 (sold out) Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City
Jane Austen in Hollywood
Featured speakers: Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield on The Unfilmable Jane Austen: The Case of Northanger Abbey. Troost and Greenfield are editors of Jane Austen in Hollywood, the first book to explore the Austen film phenomenon.

A conversation with Ashley Clements, star of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Fashion historian Kimberly Chrisman Campbell will discuss the checkered history of costuming in Austen adaptations.

A Celebration of 80 Years of Pride and Prejudice on Film

Saturday, February 23, 2019, Brand Library, Glendale
Jane Austen, Working Woman
Featured speaker: Liz Philosophos Cooper, in her first official speaking engagement as JASNA president

Saturday, June 1, 2019, Huntington Library, San Marino
Relationships in Austen
Featured speakers: Ted Scheinman, author of Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan, and his mother, noted Austen scholar Deborah Knuth Klenck

UCLA Professor Charles Lynn Batten

Saturday, September 14, 2019, Chapman University, Orange
Jane Austen Meets Mary Shelley
Featured speakers: 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

Saturday, December 7, 2019, USC Town & Gown
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.

Reading and Game Groups

For the upcoming schedule for each of our reading and game groups, visit the reading and game 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!
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 Southern California by attending one of our regional meetings.
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Discover a treasure trove of resources, including our comprehensive guide to film adaptations as well as books Austen herself admired.
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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