Welcome

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 Virtual Meetings

Until it’s safe to meet again in person, we are holding virtual meetings with speakers on a wide range of topics. We’ll be posting information on the next set of virtual events soon. Sign up for our mailing list for more information.

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.

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

June 19, 2021
NEW DATE

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

Saturday, November 13, 2021
NEW DATE

Mission Inn, Riverside

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

Reading, Film and Game Groups

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

Your Austen Favorites

Your Austen Favorites

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...

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Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

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...

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May 2 Event at Mission Inn Postponed

May 2 Event at Mission Inn Postponed

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...

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Festival of Books Moves to October

Festival of Books Moves to October

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...

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Emma Swag Winners

Emma Swag Winners

We are pleased to announce the trivia contest winners for our Emma swag giveaways, courtesy of Focus Features. Trivia Question 1—Barbara, Santa Barbara Trivia Question 2—Fatma, Ontario, Canada Trivia Question 3—Tracy, Placentia Trivia Question 4—Catherine, Porter...

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Emma Winner to Be Announced Soon

Emma Winner to Be Announced Soon

We are slightly delayed in announcing our winners of the Emma giveaways (we want to make sure we are correctly counting across all of our platforms). Stay tuned! And sorry for the delay. Thanks again to all who participated!

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Emma Trivia Question No. 5: Answer

Emma Trivia Question No. 5: Answer

The answer to our final trivia question of the week is State of Play (miniseries), with David Morrissey (who played Col. Brandon in the 2008 S&S miniseries), Polly Walker (who was Jane Fairfax in the 1996 theatrical release of Emma) and James McAvoy (who played...

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Emma Trivia Question No. 5

Emma Trivia Question No. 5

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...

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Emma Trivia Question No. 4

Emma Trivia Question No. 4

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...

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

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Discover a treasure trove of resources, including our comprehensive guide to film adaptations as well as books Austen herself admired.

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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