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



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.


COVID-19: The LSSW takes the health, safety and comfort of its guests and more than 600 members very seriously. It is the LSSW's commitment to consider our members' input, the CDC guidelines, and the industry's best practices in establishing our protocol for each luncheon during this upcoming season. Our signature Author Events will continue whether virtual, in-person or some combination. As plans finalize for each event, updates can be found in the Calendar & Registration page for your chapter.


Lily King

Nov 10, 12 & 13, 2020

About Lily King

Lily King grew up in Massachusetts and received her MA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. She is the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship and a Whiting Writer's Award. A master psychological portraitist, Lily King brings her deft and graceful characterization to stories that illuminate the inner workings of life's most complicated relationships.She lives with her husband and two daughters in Portland, Maine. Read more

About Writers & Lovers

Writers & Lovers is an unforgettable portrait of Casey Peabody, a young woman blindsided by her mother's sudden death and wrecked by a recent love affair. Casey arrives in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. A former child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a moldy room where she works on the novel she's been writing for six years. When she falls for two very different men at the same time, her world fractures even more. Written with King's trademark humor, heart, and intelligence, Writers & Lovers is a transfixing novel that explores the terrifying and exhilarating leap between the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another. Read more


Updates regarding modifications for COVID-19 are posted in Chapter Registration links below.


Literacy changes lives and so can you.

Support the Literary Society of the Southwest today.

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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