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. Join us at one of these events—registration information coming soon. Sign up for our mailing list for more information.

Sunday, August 16, 2020
1:30-4 p.m.

Jane Austen’s Juvenilia

Meeting will be conducted via Zoom.

Registration opening soon!

Featured speaker:
UCLA Professor Emeritus Charles Lynn Batten

A longtime JASNA Southwest favorite, UCLA Professor Emeritus Lynn Batten has won numerous teaching awards throughout his career. Although his research interests focused on British literature from 1660 to 1800, he taught a wide range of courses, including the Bible as Literature and graduate courses in bibliography and literary criticism. He will be discussing Austen’s juvenilia, just in time to prepare us for JASNA’s Virtual AGM in October. This meeting is being offered courtesy of the West Los Angeles Reading Group.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Emma

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.

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.

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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Sanditon U.S. Air Date Announced

Sanditon U.S. Air Date Announced

The eagerly anticipated, eight-part series Sanditon, based on the unfinished novel Jane Austen was working on shortly before her death in 1817, will premiere on PBS MASTERPIECE on January 12, 2020. The series stars Rose Williams as Charlotte Heywood, Theo James...

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Huntington Event Recap

Huntington Event Recap

More than 180 members and guests attended "It's All Relative: Relationships in Austen" on June 1 at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, making this one of the largest turnouts ever for a JASNA Southwest regional meeting! The opening...

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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