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.

Celebrating 40 Years!

JASNA (October 5, 1979) and JASNA Southwest (December 14, 1979)

Upcoming Events

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

Saturday, February 29, 2020

UCLA Faculty Center

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Georgian Justice: Law in the Regency Era

Featured speakers:
James Nagle, lawyer and frequent JASNA Annual General Meeting speaker, “Inheritance in Jane Austen’s Time”
Walter Nelson, historical consultant, “Crime and Punishment in the Regency Era”

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.

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.

Q&A With Ashley Clements

Q&A With Ashley Clements

At our December 2018 meeting at Sony Pictures Studio, JASNA Southwest Regional Coordinator Susie Wampler moderated a conversation with Ashley Clements, star of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, on how she first became an Austen fan, the process of translating the book to a...

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2018 Young Filmmakers Contest Winner

2018 Young Filmmakers Contest Winner

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...

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2019 Young Filmmakers Contest

2019 Young Filmmakers Contest

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...

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Definitive Guide to Austen Adaptations

Definitive Guide to Austen Adaptations

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...

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JASNA Annual Essay Contest Now Open

JASNA Annual Essay Contest Now Open

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:...

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New Speakers Added to Sony Event

New Speakers Added to Sony Event

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...

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Help JASNA Southwest Support Chawton House

Help JASNA Southwest Support Chawton House

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...

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Pride and Prejudice Named 4th Best Loved Book

Pride and Prejudice Named 4th Best Loved Book

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,...

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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