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 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: Lyme Park stood in for Pemberley in the 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries.
Upcoming Virtual Meetings
Until it’s safe to meet again in person, we are holding virtual meetings with speakers on a wide range of topics. Join us at one of these events—registration information coming soon. Sign up for our mailing list for more information.
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Jane Austen’s Juvenilia
Meeting will be conducted via Zoom.
Registration opening soon!
UCLA Professor Emeritus Charles Lynn Batten
A longtime JASNA Southwest favorite, UCLA Professor Emeritus Lynn Batten has won numerous teaching awards throughout his career. Although his research interests focused on British literature from 1660 to 1800, he taught a wide range of courses, including the Bible as Literature and graduate courses in bibliography and literary criticism. He will be discussing Austen’s juvenilia, just in time to prepare us for JASNA’s Virtual AGM in October. This meeting is being offered courtesy of the West Los Angeles Reading Group.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Meeting will be conducted via Zoom.
Featured speaker: Karen Joy Fowler
Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. Her 2004 novel, The Jane Austen Book Club, spent 13 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and was a New York Times “notable book.” She also wrote the introduction to the Penguin Classics deluxe edition of the complete novels of Jane Austen in 2006.
Upcoming In-Person Events
We are pausing our in-person events until it is safe for large groups to meet again in person. Stay tuned for announcements on upcoming virtual presentations and meetings. Sign up for our mailing list for more information.
POSTPONED: Stay tuned for new date and information
Austen Family Theatricals
A staged reading will follow the presentation.
Melinda Finberg, a dramaturg and theatre history scholar at the USC School of Dramatic Arts
June 19, 2021
The Grand, Long Beach
Fashion Afoot: Costumes, Shoes and Dancing in the Regency Era
Following the presentations and lunch, we’ll engage in a dance lesson.
Deborah Nadoolman Landis, renowned film costumer and director of the Copley Center for Costume Design at UCLA
Kimberley Alexander, author of Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era
Annie Laskey, English Country Dance expert
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Mission Inn, Riverside
Miss Austen Goes to Washington
Our event will explore Regency-era politics as well as Austen’s influence today.
Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside), former English teacher who launched a Jane Austen reading group on Capitol Hill
Austen scholar Sheryl Craig, author of Jane Austen and the State of the Nation
We are thrilled to announce the judges for our third annual Young Filmmakers Contest: Ashley Clements, star of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and a writer/producer, including an upcoming modern adaptation of Macbeth Laurie Viera Rigler, author of Confessions of a Jane...
Join JASNA Southwest for a free presentation and Q&A featuring author Natalie Jenner (The Jane Austen Society) on Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Registration is open now! Natalie Jenner is the author of the new novel (released in May 2020) The...
During these unprecedented times, we are working hard to remain connected while staying physically distanced. We would love to hear your perspective on what would make you feel comfortable to return to in-person gatherings like our regional meetings after health...
Last month, you told us your favorite Austen novel, heroine, hero and more. This month, in recognition of the landmark anniversary years for so many versions of Pride and Prejudice (1940, 1980, 1995 and 2005), we thought it would be fun to learn who plays your...
A big thank you goes to everyone who participated in last month's survey. We had a tremendous response and some wonderful comments! Special thanks go to those who found a couple of glaring omissions among the answer options (that's why the write-in vote was...
Your JASNA Southwest board is working hard on plans for region-wide virtual meetings while we take a hiatus in our in-person gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the Festival of Books, which has been rescheduled for October. The Festival of Books is...
Your health and wellbeing, and that of the greater community, remain our highest priority. Out of an abundance of caution during these unprecedented times, we are postponing our May 2, 2020, event at the Mission Inn, "Ms. Austen Goes to Washington." The new date is...
The 25th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has been postponed until the weekend of October 3-4, as a precaution in light of public health concerns related to the coronavirus. JASNA Southwest will again host a booth at the event, which is the nation's largest...
We are pleased to announce the trivia contest winners for our Emma swag giveaways, courtesy of Focus Features. Trivia Question 1—Barbara, Santa Barbara Trivia Question 2—Fatma, Ontario, Canada Trivia Question 3—Tracy, Placentia Trivia Question 4—Catherine, Porter...
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