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.
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
Claire Bellanti has served as president of the Jane Austen Society of North America since 2014. She previously was vice president for regions from 2010 to 2013 and JASNA Southwest's co-president/regional coordinator from 2005 to 2008. She retired from UCLA after a...read more
Join us for Spring Cleaning at Chawton on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. at the UCLA Faculty Center. Coffee and continental breakfast begin at 9 a.m. with the program starting at 10 a.m. Registration is open now. The program will include a talk by Jan Fahey on...read more
Save the Date for the following upcoming events! Sign up for our mailing list for more information.
Winter Meeting — Saturday, December 8, Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City
Featured speakers: Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield, editors of Jane Austen in Hollywood, the first book to explore the Austen film phemenon
Spring 2019 Meeting — Saturday, June 1, Huntington Library, San Marino
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
Reading and Game Groups
For the upcoming schedule for each of our reading and game groups, visit the reading and game groups page.
Greet visitors at our Festival of Books booth, organize a new reading group or assist with events and more as a valued volunteer.
Support JASNA’s Southwest region with a tax-deductible donation in any amount. Your gift truly makes a meaningful difference in all we do!