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 chapter is one of the oldest and largest 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 an annual 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 mini series.
Celebrating 40 Years!
JASNA (October 5, 1979) and JASNA Southwest (December 14, 1979)
Countdown to the 40th anniversary of our founding (December 14, 1979)
Ellyn Cardon, a senior undergraduate at Brigham Young University, is the winner of this year's Young Filmmaker Contest for her entry, Mrs. Bennet's Plan. Both Ellyn (above) and her mother, Dana (below) -- the inspiration for Mrs. Bennet in the short film -- attended...read more
The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) invites you to submit your short film (five minutes or less) to our third annual Young Filmmakers Contest. Entry is FREE. WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Students at the high school, undergraduate and graduate-school levels (If you...read more
Interested in our lineup of events for 2019-2020? Download our upcoming events postcard and save the dates!read more
Interested in the latest announced remakes of Emma, Pride and Prejudice and Clueless? Want to learn more about the lost versions of Pride and Prejudice? Did you know there's a new feminist/LGBT take on Emma? Or that Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tennant star in a...read more
JASNA's annual student essay contest is now open for submissions. The contest fosters study and appreciation of Jane Austen's work, with several hundred students competing for scholarship awards each year. The contest is open worldwide to students in three divisions:...read more
Additional speakers have joined our lineup for our Winter 2018 meeting at Sony Pictures Studios. Ashley Clements, star of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, will do a Q&A session on "The Modern Elizabeth Bennet," while fashion historian Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell will...read more
Chawton House was the home of Austen's brother Edward Knight, who offered nearby Chawton Cottage to his mother and sister' during what would become Austen's home during her final, most productive years of life. Now an important nonprofit center for the study of early...read more
Pride and Prejudice placed fourth out of 100 books in the running for best-loved novel in PBS' The Great American Read. After a nationwide voting, the results were announced on Oct. 23, with To Kill a Mockingbird coming out on top, followed by the Outlander series,...read more
Save the Date for the following upcoming events! Sign up for our mailing list for more information.
Saturday, February 23, 2019, Brand Library, Glendale
Jane Austen, Working Woman
Featured speaker: Liz Philosophos Cooper, in her first official speaking engagement as JASNA president
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 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, 2019, Location TBD
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, 2019, USC Town & Gown
What’s Next in Jane Austen?
Featured speakers: Devoney Looser and Janine Barchas
Saturday, May 2, 2020, 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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