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 the largest and one of the oldest 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 a 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.
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Left: Lyme Park stood in for Pemberley in the 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries.
Upcoming Virtual Meetings
Until it’s safe to meet again in person, we are holding virtual meetings with speakers on a wide range of topics. Join us at one of these events—registration information coming soon. Sign up for our mailing list for more information.
Saturday, July 25, 2020
The Jane Austen Society
Meeting will be conducted via Zoom.
Natalie Jenner is the author of the new novel (released in May 2020) The Jane Austen Society, a fictional telling of the start of the society in the 1940s in the village of Chawton, where Austen lived.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Meeting will be conducted via Zoom.
Featured speaker: Karen Joy Fowler
Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. Her 2004 novel, The Jane Austen Book Club, spent 13 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and was a New York Times “notable book.” She also wrote the introduction to the Penguin Classics deluxe edition of the complete novels of Jane Austen in 2006.
Upcoming In-Person Events
We are pausing our in-person events until it is safe for large groups to meet again in person. Stay tuned for announcements on upcoming virtual presentations and meetings. Sign up for our mailing list for more information.
POSTPONED: Stay tuned for new date and information
Austen Family Theatricals
A staged reading will follow the presentation.
Melinda Finberg, a dramaturg and theatre history scholar at the USC School of Dramatic Arts
June 19, 2021
The Grand, Long Beach
Fashion Afoot: Costumes, Shoes and Dancing in the Regency Era
Following the presentations and lunch, we’ll engage in a dance lesson.
Deborah Nadoolman Landis, renowned film costumer and director of the Copley Center for Costume Design at UCLA
Kimberley Alexander, author of Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era
Annie Laskey, English Country Dance expert
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Mission Inn, Riverside
Miss Austen Goes to Washington
Our event will explore Regency-era politics as well as Austen’s influence today.
Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside), former English teacher who launched a Jane Austen reading group on Capitol Hill
Austen scholar Sheryl Craig, author of Jane Austen and the State of the Nation
Bill Nighy plays Mr. Woodhouse in the new film version of Emma, which opens in wide release today! He famously starred in Love Actually with numerous other Austen adaptation stars—Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant and Keira Knightley. But he also...
Miranda Hart, who plays Miss Bates in the new version of Emma, was in a massively popular British television series that also stars an actress who has played Lady Catherine de Burgh on screen. Who is she and which version of Pride and Prejudice did she appear in (and...
JASNA Southwest has planned a special all-day meeting at the historic and beautiful Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside (a living museum and destination unto itself!) with the theme "Ms. Austen Goes to Washington: Jane Austen and Politics." Our speakers...
Our Feb. 29 meeting, "Georgian Justice: Legal Matters in Jane Austen's Time," at UCLA's Faculty Center drew a crowd of 120 to hear talks on "Crime and Punishment in the Regency Era," by historian Walter Nelson, and "Inheritance in Jane Austen's Time," by lawyer James...
What actor who previously played a Bennet sister has a cameo as Mr. Knightley’s housekeeper in the new version of Emma? We'll be giving away a totebag from the new film #Emma (opening Friday everywhere!). The answer to trivia question #2 was Vanity Fair (miniseries),...
Johnny Flynn played a major role in a recent miniseries that also featured an actor who previously played Charles Musgrove in Persuasion and an actor who portrayed Mr. Gardiner in Pride and Prejudice. Who are these two actors and what was the miniseries? Email your...
Anya Taylor-Joy starred in a 2017 miniseries with another actor who previously played Emma. Who is she and what was the miniseries? Submit your response to firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered for a chance to win a totebag from Focus Features new version of #Emma, which...
In celebration of the new film #Emma, on Friday, March 6, we are giving away swag this week, courtesy of Focus Features. Send your responses to our trivia questions March 3-6 to email@example.com. One or more winners will be selected from the correct responses...
Focus Features new film version of Emma opens in wide release on Friday, March 6. We'll be hosting additional watch parties at area cinemas and will be giving away swag from the production company this week. Stay tuned for more details!
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