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 three annual meetings (Spring, Fall and Winter) — from filmmakers and authors to academic experts and historians, and from sneak-preview performances to gardening and rare book specialists.

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

Fall Meeting — Saturday, September 8, Pasadena Central Library, Collins Hemingway, “Persuasion and the Art and Science of Austen’s Fiction”

Winter Meeting — Saturday, December 8, Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield

Recent Events

Explore our recent event highlights. Read recaps, watch videos, listen to audio and view photos of our Winter 2016, Fall 2016 and Spring 2016 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 three 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 Glendale Public Library and the Pasadena Public Library)
  • Queen Mary in Long Beach
  • Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica
  • Calamigos Equestrian Center in Burbank
  • Restaurants and hotels