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
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR OUR NEXT IN-PERSON MEETING
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
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.
DETAILS FOR EVENT:
- 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
OUR PROGRAM SPEAKERS/PERFORMERS
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)
OF NOVEMBER 14, 2022 ZOOM PRESENTATION
“HISTORY AND RESTORATION OF THE LOST ART OF DHAKA MUSLIN”
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
IN-PERSON EVENTS 2023
February 11, 2023
9:00 am – 12:45 pm
In-Person Half-Day Event
Featured Presentations: Regency Noir: Romance, Race, and the Rise of ’The Woman of Colour’ presented 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: JANE AUSTEN AND POLITICS
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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