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The Literary Society of the Southwest supports the appreciation of contemporary literature by providing a forum where members can interact with authors to better understand the authors’ works and their creative process. The Society hopes to increase literary awareness by providing grants to promote literacy.

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COVID-19: The Literary Society of the Southwest takes the health, safety and comfort of its more than 400 members and their guests very seriously. It is the Literary Society's commitment to consider our members' input, the CDC guidelines, and the industry's best practices in establishing our protocol for this season's events. As such, our Author presentations will continue for the rest of the season in a virtual format. 

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Margaret Leslie Davis

March 3-5, 2021

About Margaret Leslie Davis

Margaret Leslie Davis is the author of three acclaimed biographies of important American empire builders. Rivers in the Desert: William Mulholland and the Inventing of Los Angeles, published by Harper Collins, was the winner of the Golden Spur Award for Best Non-Fiction book by the Western Writers of America. Newsweek described it as "fascinating history." Publishers Weekly called it an "arresting biography" that made for "gripping reading." Read more

About The Lost Gutenberg

For rare-book collectors, an original copy of the Gutenberg Bible--of which there are fewer than 50 in existence--represents the ultimate prize. Here, Margaret Leslie Davis recounts five centuries in the life of one copy, from its creation by Johannes Gutenberg, through the hands of monks, an earl, the Worcestershire sauce king, and a nuclear physicist to its ultimate resting place, in a steel vault in Tokyo. Estelle Doheny, the first woman collector to add the book to her library and its last private owner, tipped the Bible onto a trajectory that forever changed our understanding of the first mechanically printed book. Read more

NOTE: A recording of Esi Edugyan's events are available on the Members only page from February 8-22.


Literacy changes lives and so can you.

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All donations support the mission of the Literary and Prologue Society of the Southwest Grant Program

By making a donation, you can impact a student’s life by supporting programs that introduce youth to literature and writing.

With your help, the LSSW will underwrite enriching programs to acquaint Arizona students with the creative arts and new literary possibilities. 

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When you become a member, you will have the opportunity to attend our Author Luncheons.

Six times a year, the Literary Society of the Southwest members gather for a curated book review experience and connection with other members who enjoy and support literacy. Each of these six meetings includes lunch at noteworthy hospitality locations while listening to the featured author’s presentation and discussion. The Literary Society has proudly hosted a variety of gifted authors who each bring a unique perspective to the luncheon. These celebrated authors share their personal journeys and insights, transporting the experience beyond any standard author reading event. When you become a member, you may also purchase the full season of featured books, which will include a book plate signed by the author.

If you itemize, your membership fee is 100% deductible


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