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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.

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 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR OUR NEXT IN-PERSON MEETING

Join us at the Japanese American National Museum in Downtown Los Angeles
for our Fall 2022 In-Person Regional Meeting

JANE AUSTEN AND DIVORCE
and
HOLLYWOOD’S ENGAGEMENT WITH JANE AUSTEN

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2022
9:00 AM – 12:45 PM

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JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM
In Downtown Los Angeles
100 N. Central Avenue
Los Angeles 90012

All events are open to JASNA-SW members as well as non-members.*

*COVID restrictions are in place for this event.

“FAMILY LAW AND MANSFIELD PARK”
Presented by Superior Court Judge Stephanie Thornton-Harris

“JANE AUSTEN AND THE MOVIES TODAY”
Presented by Writer and Film Producer Alex Siskin

 

 

“FAMILY LAW AND MANSFIELD PARK”

Join Stephanie Thornton-Harris, a judge in the Superior Court of California handling family law
matters in the County of San Bernardino as she discusses family law issues raised by Jane Austen in her novel Mansfield Park.

Stephanie Thornton-Harris earned her BA at Princeton University, where she wrote her undergraduate thesis with British literary scholar, Margaret Doody, and earned her JD from Northwestern University School of Law. She has served as an administrative judge, judge pro tem, and bench officer; in addition, she served as a deputy federal public defender in the Federal Public Defender’s Office before being appointed in 2018 to the Superior Court. She has spoken this year on this topic at the University of Notre Dame literary conference in May 2022.

 

“JANE AUSTEN AND THE MOVIES TODAY”

Join writer and film producer Alex Siskin (The Equalizer, Troop Zero, Old Henry) as he discusses
thirty years of Jane Austen adaptations, biopics, and Regency era films, reviews projects in
development and the latest releases (including Netflix’s July Persuasion), and sheds light on
current issues in film production as it relates to Jane Austen and her world. Siskin began working
on an ambitious Jane Austen film project last August, and he will give an insider’s view of film
development and production, along with his own experience attending the Chicago AGM, the 2022
American Society for 18th Century Studies Conference, and the Jane Austen Summer Program—going full
Janeite.

Siskin was a long-time producer at Sony Pictures, where he was a partner with Sid Ganis at Out of
the Blue Entertainment, producing the Adam Sandler films Big Daddy and Mr. Deeds. He began his
film business career at Amblin Entertainment, after he was a PhD candidate in English Literature at
UC Berkeley.

 

DETAILS FOR EVENT: Continental Breakfast will be served at 9:00 AM. Attendees will have the opportunity following our meeting to purchase reduced admission to the Japanese American National Museum ($5 instead of $16) and to enjoy lunch and explore on their own in the surrounding Little Tokyo area using a curated list of restaurants and shops, including afternoon tea service by Chado Tea Room at the Museum.

*COVID RESTRICTIONS: We require all attendees to provide proof of full vaccination along with proof of booster shot upon arrival. We will not accept proof of a negative COVID test in lieu of vaccination. Masks are strongly encouraged and will be available upon request. If you are sick, please stay home.

Parking:
Parking is available for $7 flat rate (cash only) on Saturday at Lot 7 at 140 N. Judge John Aiso Street (on east side of street between Temple St. and 1st Street). Enter driveway into Lot 7 next to East West Players marquee sign. After parking, walk toward giant fig tree on right side (next to gold mural on 2-story building), and exit onto pedestrian plaza turning right to reach Japanese American National Museum. Nearby parking is also available at Japanese Village Plaza (structure), 111 S. Central Avenue, at $10 daily maximum.
Printable directions here:
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS
AUGUST 31, 2022
No refunds will be possible after this date.
For our Fall 2022 JASNA Southwest In-Person Regional Meeting, join us at the Japanese American National Museum in Downtown Los Angeles, which was designed by famed architect, Gyo Obata, who designed the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
 
The meeting will be held in the two-story 4,000 square foot Aratani Central Hall of the Museum, which was designed for temporary exhibits, lectures and special events. 
Attendees will have the opportunity following our meeting to purchase reduced admission to the Japanese American National Museum ($5 instead of $16) and will receive a 10% discount at the Museum gift shop. 
The institution was founded 30 years ago to preserve the history of the Japanese American community. 
The Museum has recently installed a new HVAC system to address air filtration for COVID. 
Elevators are available to access the museum. 
The north side of First Street between Central Avenue and San Pedro Street was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1995 to commemorate “the historical development of the Japanese American Community and symbolize the hardships and obstacles that this ethnic group has successfully overcome in securing its place in American society.” You are invited to visit a unique neighborhood of Los Angeles that has endured for over 130 years.

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LA Times Festival of Books 2022 — Saturday, April 23 & Sunday, April 24, 2022

We were back at the Festival of Books this year! The Jane Austen Society of North America was in Booth #917. Thank you to all of our volunteers who set up and manned the booth for the weekend. Welcome to all new Austen fans who found our group! We hope to see you at one of our events or at a reading group near you.

 

 *~* 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)

 August 20, 2022
Kamila Knows Best, a Bollywood-style retelling of Emma set in Toronto’s South Asian Community
Zoom Presentation by author Farah Heron @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific

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Kamila Knows Best
From the publisher (Grand Central Publishing)
Jane Austen’s Emma goes Bollywood in this delightful retelling from the highly acclaimed author of Accidentally Engaged, perfect for fans of Abby Jimenez and Jasmine Guillory.
Kamila Hussain’s life might not be perfect, but, whew, it’s close. She lives a life of comfort, filled with her elaborate Bollywood movie parties, a dog with more Instagram followers than most reality stars, a job she loves, and an endless array of friends who clearly need her help finding love. In fact, Kamila is so busy with her friends’ love lives, she’s hardly given any thought to her own . . .
Fortunately, Kamila has Rohan Nasser. A longtime friend of the family, he’s hugely successful, with the deliciously lean, firm body of a rock climber. Only lately, Kamila’s “harmless flirting” with Rohan is making her insides do a little bhangra dance.
But between planning the local shelter’s puppy prom, throwing a huge work event, and proving to everyone that she’s got it all figured out, Kamila isn’t letting herself get distracted—until her secret nemesis returns to town with an eye for Rohan. Suddenly, it seems like the more Kamila tries to plan, the more things are starting to unravel—and her perfectly ordered life is about to be turned upside down.
Farah Heron is a critically acclaimed writer of romances and romantic comedies for adults and teenagers. Her books have been praised in the Globe and Mail, Smart Bitches Trashy Books, Oprah MagazineEntertainment Weekly, and have been listed as best books of the year by USA Today, NPR, CBC books, and more. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two teenagers, plus an elderly rabbit and two cats who rule the house. Farah can be found online at FarahHeron.com

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

2022 In-person Meetings, continued

September 10, 2022
Family Law and Mansfield Park presented by Superior Court Judge Stephanie Thornton-Harris
Jane Austen and The Movies Today, an insider’s view of Hollywood and an ambitious Jane Austen film
project presented by Film Producer and JASNA Southwest Member Alex Siskin
In-Person Half-Day Event: Location Japanese-American Museum in LA

 

December 3, 2022

Jane Austen and the Musical Arts
In-Person Full-Day Event concluding with a dance lesson: The Grand Event Center, Long Beach
Talk on Music in Jane Austen’s time by Dr. Colleen Reardon; Musical Performance by Flutist Ann Erwin and Pianist Edith Orloff; History of Dance in Jane Austen’s Time presented by Cara King; English Country Dancing led by Cara King

 

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

Miss Austen Goes to Washington
In-Person Full-Day Event concluding with optional tour: Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, Riverside
Featured speakers: Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside) who launched a Jane Austen reading group
on Capitol Hill; Austen scholar Sheryl Craig, author of Jane Austen and the State of the Nation; and
acclaimed author and Riverside native, Susan Straight

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!

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.

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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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