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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.


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.


Patrick Radden Keefe

January 6-8, 2021

About Patrick Radden Keefe

Patrick grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts and went to college at Columbia. He received masters degrees from Cambridge University and the London School of Economics, and a JD from Yale Law School. In addition to The New Yorker, his work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, and other publications. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the New America Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. He lives in New York. Read more

About Say Nothing

From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions. In December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never saw her again. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Everyone in the neighborhood knew the I.R.A. was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress--with so many kids, she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes. Read more


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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.

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