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.

May 2, 2020 Event POSTPONED

To protect the health and wellbeing of our members and the greater community, we have postponed our May 2 event at the Mission Inn. See more details below.

Upcoming Events

Save the Date for the following upcoming events! Sign up for our mailing list for more information.

Saturday, May 2, 2020
Mission Inn, Riverside

POSTPONED to May 1, 2021

Miss Austen Goes to Washington

Our event will explore Regency-era politics as well as Austen’s influence today.

Featured speakers:
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, September 12, 2020
Location TBD

Austen Family Theatricals

A staged reading will follow the presentation.

Featured speaker:
Melinda Finberg, a dramaturg and theatre history scholar at the USC School of Dramatic Arts

Saturday, December 5, 2020
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.

Featured speakers:
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

Reading, Film and Game Groups

For the upcoming schedule for each of our reading, film and game groups, visit the groups page.

Emma Trivia Question No. 3

Emma Trivia Question No. 3

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),...

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Emma Trivia Question No. 2

Emma Trivia Question No. 2

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...

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Emma Trivia Question No. 1

Emma Trivia Question No. 1

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 jasnasw@jasnasw.com to be entered for a chance to win a totebag from Focus Features new version of #Emma, which...

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Win Swag From New Emma Film

Win Swag From New Emma Film

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 jasnasw@jasnasw.com. One or more winners will be selected from the correct responses...

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Emma Opens Wide on March 6

Emma Opens Wide on March 6

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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Recap: What’s Next in Jane Austen?

Recap: What’s Next in Jane Austen?

On December 7, JASNA Southwest celebrated its 40th anniversary at the University of Southern California — a fitting location since USC was where the region held its inaugural meeting almost exactly four decades before. The 2019 festivities at the festive Town &...

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2020 Event Schedule

2020 Event Schedule

Download the new JASNA Southwest event schedule for 2020, and plan to join us for four exciting events during the new year: February 29 at UCLA, May 2 at the Mission Inn in Riverside, Sept. 12 (location TBD) and December 5 at The Grand in Long Beach.

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Board Election and Proposed Bylaws Changes

Board Election and Proposed Bylaws Changes

At our meeting on December 7, 2019, at USC Town & Gown, we will be voting on new board members as well proposed bylaws changes. Following is the slate of new board members: President and Regional Coordinator: Susie Wampler Meeting Registrar/Assistant Treasurer:...

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Special Message for Janeites
from Anya Taylor-Joy, star of Emma

Immerse yourself in an Austen novel, participate in a reading or game group or catch up on the latest JASNA Southwest news.

Explore the benefits of becoming a JASNA and JASNA Southwest member, or join or renew your membership now!

Discover our wide range of events or scroll through our archive for recaps, video and audio from past meetings.

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“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” —Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” —Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.” —Jane Austen, Jane Austen’s Letters

“For my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short.” —Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

“It is not what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.” —Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

“It is such a happiness when good people get together, and they always do.” —Jane Austen, Emma

“I am not a great reader, and I have pleasure in many things.” —Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“My idea of good company … is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation.” “That is not good company, that is the best.” —Jane Austen, Persuasion

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.” —Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“We all have our best guides within us, if only we would listen.” —Jane Austen, Mansfield Park