"Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."

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ABOUT THE LITERARY SOCIETY OF THE SOUTHWEST


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 their work and creative process. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Literary Society promotes literacy and  provides grants to community organizations with literacy missions.

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COVID-19:  We look forward to your attendance at the in-person luncheons and presentations and appreciate your cooperation in keeping yourself and others healthy. COVID-19 guidelines will be sent to attendees closer to the event.

 Calendar & Registration page


UPCOMING events

Mark your calendars for the 2021-2022 Season event dates below! Download the 2021-2022 Schedule of Authors here

November Luncheon registration is now open!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT


November 9-12, 2021

Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half
AUTHOR BIO & BOOK SUMMARY


January 11-14, 2022

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, The Daughters of Kobani
AUTHOR BIO & BOOK SUMMARY


February 8-11, 2022

Imbolo Mbue, How Beautiful We Were
AUTHOR BIO & BOOK SUMMARY


March 8-11, 2022

Paulina Bren, The Barbizon
AUTHOR BIO & BOOK SUMMARY


April 5-8, 2022

C. Pam Zhang, How Much of These Hills is Gold
AUTHOR BIO & BOOK SUMMARY


May 10-13, 2022

Colum McCann, Apeirogon
AUTHOR BIO & BOOK SUMMARY


Luncheon Schedule

Tuesdays at the Biltmore in Phoenix
Wednesdays at Grayhawk in Scottsdale
Thursdays at Hacienda del Sol in Tucson

Fridays at the Biltmore in Phoenix 


RENEW TODAY TO PARTICIPATE


We look forward to returning to in-person luncheons for the 2021-2022 season. A recording of the author keynote will be available for two weeks after the luncheon for members who cannot attend in-person. 


FEATURED AUTHORS

Authors and books from the past season are now listed on the History page.


Find answers to common questions
by visiting our
FAQs page

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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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MEMBERSHIP IN THE LITERARY SOCIETY OF THE SOUTHWEST

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. 

For tax purposes, membership fees and any additional donations are considered charitable donations and qualify for federal deductions.


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