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.
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 miniseries.
Upcoming Free Zoom Events
We are pausing our in-person events until it is safe for large groups to meet again in person. In the meantime, join our monthly free Zoom presentations by notable scholars, authors and others with an interest in all things Austen-related!
Saturday, April 24
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pacific time
Kimberly Alexander, PhD, is on the faculty of the History Department of the University of New Hampshire, where she is director of the museum studies program and a lecturer. She has held curatorial positions at several New England Museums, including the MIT Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum and Strawbery Banke. Her book Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018) traces the history of early Anglo-American footwear from the 1740s through the 1790s. Her forthcoming book, Fashioning the New England Family, will be available in late 2021. She was guest curator of the exhibit “Fashioning the New England Family” at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Saturday, May 15
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pacific time
Registration information coming soon!
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
Finberg is an associate professor of theatre practice in critical studies at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. She is a nationally known dramaturg and scholar of theatre history.
Her volume Eighteenth-Century Women Dramatists (Oxford University Press, 2001) is now in its third printing and is taught in colleges and universities across the U.S., Canada and Europe. This anthology opened college classrooms to historical women playwrights by giving teachers and students access to authoritative, annotated editions of plays that had previously been available only in rare books libraries. In addition, she has been instrumental in bringing the plays of these women to professional and university stages, receiving the 2006 Elliot Hayes Award for Achievement in Dramaturgy from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas for her work on the 2005 Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s critically acclaimed revival of Hannah Cowley’s The Belle’s Stratagem.
Finberg’s scholarly work is widely published and cited in journals, collections of essays and reference books. Her goal is no less than rewriting theatre history by restoring these forgotten geniuses and by establishing their place in our classrooms and on our stages. Without reexamining how minority playwrights have been written out of our history in the past, we will not be able to prevent them from being erased in the future. She also loves to teach production dramaturgy, Shakespeare, Restoration comedy, gender issues in theatre and staging the American experience(s).
Saturday, June 19, 2021
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pacific time
Registration information to be posted by April.
Topic: Costuming Regency-era Adaptations (event title forthcoming)
Deborah Nadoolman Landis, founding director and chair of the David C. Copley Center for Costume Design at UCLA
Ellen Mirojnick, Emmy Award-winning costume designer, who oversaw creation of 7,500 pieces for 5,000 costumes for Bridgerton
Upcoming In-Person Events
We are pausing our in-person events until it is safe for large groups to meet again in person. We have moved our events that had to be postponed in 2020 to new dates in 2022. Sign up for our mailing list for more information.
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Mission Inn, Riverside
(a block of rooms will be reserved for those wishing to spend Friday and/or Saturday evening)
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
Saturday, December 3, 2022
The Grand, Long Beach
We originally planned for our event on Regency fashion and footwear to be held at The Grand, followed by dance lessons and an English country dance. We have shifted our two stellar speakers for that event to a virtual meeting to be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021. See more information above.
Please save the date for our new event at The Grand in December 22. Details on the topic and speakers will be announced at a later date.
JASNA Southwest board member Jane Boltz' presentation "Exploring Regency-Era Fashions for Women and Men by a Prejudiced and Amateur Seamstress" is now live on our YouTube channel, where you also catch up on past virtual events. In the illustrated talk, she models many...
The video from the September 26 JASNA Southwest meeting featuring author Karen Joy Fowler (The Jane Austen Book Club and numerous other titles) is now live on the JASNA SW YouTube page. Her enlightening talk covered Emma and Austen's Hidden Gothics—the untold, highly...
In honor of the 25th anniversary of BBC’s Pride and Prejudice starring Academy Award winner Colin Firth, enjoy the newly remastered edition exclusively on BritBox premiering on September 25. BritBox is a streaming service from BBC Studios & ITV offering the...
During these unprecedented times, we are working hard to remain connected while staying physically distanced. We would love to hear your perspective on what would make you feel comfortable to return to in-person gatherings like our regional meetings after health...
Last month, you told us your favorite Austen novel, heroine, hero and more. This month, in recognition of the landmark anniversary years for so many versions of Pride and Prejudice (1940, 1980, 1995 and 2005), we thought it would be fun to learn who plays your...
A big thank you goes to everyone who participated in last month's survey. We had a tremendous response and some wonderful comments! Special thanks go to those who found a couple of glaring omissions among the answer options (that's why the write-in vote was...
Your JASNA Southwest board is working hard on plans for region-wide virtual meetings while we take a hiatus in our in-person gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the Festival of Books, which has been rescheduled for October. The Festival of Books is...
Your health and wellbeing, and that of the greater community, remain our highest priority. Out of an abundance of caution during these unprecedented times, we are postponing our May 2, 2020, event at the Mission Inn, "Ms. Austen Goes to Washington." The new date is...
The 25th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has been postponed until the weekend of October 3-4, as a precaution in light of public health concerns related to the coronavirus. JASNA Southwest will again host a booth at the event, which is the nation's largest...
Greet visitors at our Festival of Books booth, organize a new reading group or assist with events and more as a valued volunteer.
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