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 one of the oldest and largest in the national society. We host three regional meetings annually, featuring a wide range of speakers and presentations, and offer numerous local reading and game groups. 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 mini series.
Video from the 2018 JASNA Annual General Meeting in Kansas City
Today's event at the Pasadena Public Library celebrating "200 Years of Persuasion" attracted a record 139 registrants, by far the most for one of JASNA Southwest's fall meetings. Attendees traveled from as far away as San Diego and Fresno as well as Riverside, San...read more
The Great American Read is an eight-part PBS series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we...read more
South Coast Repertory theatre in Costa Mesa is kicking off its 2018-19 season with a production of Sense and Sensibility, adapted by Jessica Swale and directed by Casey Stangl. The play will run from September 1-29. The production is recommended for audiences age 12...read more
Hear Jan Fahey and Terry Ryan discuss their presentations from our June 2 regional meeting, "Spring Cleaning at Chawton," as well as their love of all things Austen, with Yolanda Rodriguez and Jillian Davis of The Pemberley...read more
Save the Date for the following upcoming events! Sign up for our mailing list for more information.
Saturday, December 8, Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City
Jane Austen in Hollywood
Featured speakers: Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield on The Unfilmable Jane Austen: The Case of Northanger Abbey. Troost and Greenfield are editors of Jane Austen in Hollywood, the first book to explore the Austen film phenomenon.
Fashion historian Kimberly Chrisman Campbell will discuss the checkered history of costuming in Austen adaptations.
A Celebration of 80 Years of Pride and Prejudice on Film
Saturday, February 23, Brand Library, Glendale
Jane Austen, Working Woman
Featured speaker: Liz Philosophos Cooper, in her first official speaking engagement as JASNA president
Saturday, June 1, Huntington Library, San Marino
Relationships in Austen
Featured speakers: Ted Scheinman, author of Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan, and his mother, noted Austen scholar Deborah Knuth Klenck
UCLA Professor Charles Lynn Batten
Saturday, September 14, Chapman University, Orange
Jane Austen Meets Mary Shelley
Featured speakers: John Kessel will discuss Pride and Prometheus, his mashup of Pride and Prejudice and Frankenstein
UCLA Professor Anne Mellor will give a talk on Mothering Monsters: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Saturday, December 7, Location to be announced
What’s Next in Jane Austen?
Featured speakers: Devoney Looser and Janine Barchas
Saturday, May 2, Mission Inn, Riverside
Miss Austen Goes to Washington
Our event will explore Regency-era politics as well as Austen’s influence today.
Reading and Game Groups
For the upcoming schedule for each of our reading and game groups, visit the reading and game groups page.
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