Our Southern California location and large, active membership base enable JASNA Southwest to offer a vibrant range of speakers and programming each year for our regular region-wide meetings — from filmmakers and authors to academic experts and historians, and from sneak-preview performances to gardening, fashion and rare book specialists. Beginning in 2019, we expanded to four meetings per year, generally in February/March, May/June, September/October and December.

In addition to our regular meetings, JASNA Southwest members also occasionally have the opportunity to attend free film screenings (such as Love and Friendship, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Austenland and Belle) and participate in special events such as Santa Monica Reads, which included a book discussion with author Jo Baker (Longbourn).

Upcoming Events

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Saturday, February 23, 2019, Brand Library, Glendale — JASNA President Liz Philosophos Cooper on “Jane Austen: Working Woman”

Saturday, June 1, 2019, Huntington Library, Haaga Hall, San Marino — “It’s All Relative: Relationships in Austen,” with Ted Scheinman (author of Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan), his mother and Austen scholar Deborah Knuth Klenck, and UCLA Professor Emeritus Charles Lynn Batten

Saturday, September 14, 2019, Chapman University, Orange — “Jane Austen Meets Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” with John Kessel (author of Pride and Prometheus) and UCLA Distinguished Research Professor Anne Mellor

Saturday, December 7, 2019, USC Town & Gown, Los Angeles — “What’s Next in Austen?” with Janine Barchas (author of Matters of Fact in Jane Austen) and Devoney Looser (author of The Making of Jane Austen)

Saturday, May 2, 2020, Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Riverside — “Miss Austen Goes to Washington: Politics in the Regency Era and Beyond,” with Congressman Mark Takano and Sheryl Craig (author of Jane Austen and the State of the Nation)

Recent Events

Explore our recent event highlights. Read recaps, watch videos, listen to audio and view photos of past events. Learn about JASNA Southwest’s participation in the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books each spring on the University of Southern California campus. Or go deeper and take a look at events from years gone by in our event archive (on the navigation menu, look for the dropdown menu under Events and choose a year).


For our four annual region-wide gatherings, we include a mix of locations for the convenience and interest of our far-flung membership. Venues have included:

  • Universities (Caltech, Chapman University, UCLA, University of Southern California)
  • Los Angeles Athletic Club
  • Libraries (such as the Huntington Library in Pasadena, the Pasadena Public Library and Brand Library in Glendale)
  • Queen Mary in Long Beach
  • Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City
  • Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Riverside
  • Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica
  • Calamigos Equestrian Center in Burbank
  • Restaurants and hotels