FAQs

Membership

How do I renew my membership or join?

Renewing your membership or joining for the first time is easy!

If joining for the first time, click here to complete the online application.

If renewing your existing membership, login to your profile and click 'RENEW' at the top of your profile.

How do I make changes to my profile?

Go to  your member profile. and select the 'Edit Profile' button at the top of your membership profile and scroll down to the sections that need to be updated. Save your changes.  

Can I purchase a Gift Membership?

Yes!  There are two options available; A one-year Individual Membership or  one-year Family Membership. You may purchase a gift certificate from the Members Only Page. 

Can I cancel my membership and receive a refund?

You may cancel your membership, but member fees are considered non-refundable donations. Your donation activates your annual membership, including access to the luncheons featuring bestselling authors and their books.  As a non-profit, the Literary Society deploys member fees to help defray event and administration costs and provide grants to support literacy organizations in the community.  For tax purposes, membership fees and any additional donations are considered charitable donations and may qualify for federal deductions. 

When I click Login, my password doesn’t work. What do I do?

Enter your email address, and then click “forgot password.” You will then receive instructions on how to reset your password.

How can I get more involved with the Literary Society's Committees? 

Members are encouraged to share a particular passion or expertise by joining an advisory committee.  The advisory committees are: Author Selection, Communications, Development and Stewardship, Finance, Grants, and Membership and Events. Please indicate your interest for more involvement in your member profile. To do so, select the 'Edit Profile' button at the top of your membership profile and scroll down to 'Opportunities for Involvement (select up to 3)', listed below the member chapters on that page.  Save your changes.

Luncheon Events

Will we have events this season?

Yes! We have signed contracts with 5 incredible authors this year, beginning in November 2022 through April 2023. You can view the schedule of authors here.

How are the authors selected for each season?

The Author Selection Advisory Committee has a vital role in evaluating books and authors for the upcoming season. If you are interested in participating, please indicate your interest in your member profile. To do so, select the 'Edit Profile' button at the top of your membership profile and scroll down to 'Opportunities for Involvement (select up to 3)', listed below the member chapters on that page.  From there, please select "assisting the review process for upcoming slate of featured authors/books" and save your changes.

Will the events be virtual or in-person?

We are delighted that our author events will be held in-person for the 2022-2023 season.  We are eager to see our returning members and meet our new members throughout this year’s luncheons and events.

If you designated Tuesday or Friday when you joined, your luncheon will be held in Phoenix, (specific details on venue to follow). The luncheons for members who designated Wednesday will be held in North Scottsdale (specific details on venue to follow), and our Thursday members will enjoy lunch in Tucson (specific details on venue to follow).

What is the Literary Society's COVID-19 Policy for the Author Luncheons? 

For the well-being of our community and attendees, we encourage attendees be up to date with their vaccines against COVID-19. Masks are no longer required but will be provided at registration and welcomed for those individuals who are more comfortable with the additional safety precaution. We will keep our policy and members current should situations change for any future events. We look forward to your attendance and appreciate your cooperation in keeping yourself and others healthy. 

-Will there be a cost for the luncheon?

Yes, the luncheon price is $55/member.  We encourage members to bring a guest to the author events. The cost for your guest is $55 and the same guest is only allowed once per seasonLuncheon fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.  (not tax deductible)

How do I register for the luncheon?

Registration will be completed through the website here Members will be emailed when registration for event event opens.  When you register for a luncheon, you will make your meal selection and pay your fee. After each luncheon has concluded, registration for the next luncheon will begin, and so on until our last event in April. 

If I have a Family Membership, can I register my family member as my guest?

Yes, if your family member has their own email address already entered on their membership profile, you may register them as your guest.  After you complete your own registration, click the "save" button, and then select to add a guest.  If your family member does not have their own email address, please contact Megan Calles to request their registration.

Can I attend a luncheon that is on a different day than the designated day on my membership?

Yes, we can accommodate requests to attend a luncheon that is on a different day than the designated day on your membership for the 2022-2023 season. However, accommodations are based on availability, so please email Megan Calles with your request. 

How many guests can I bring per luncheon/author season? 

Each member can bring one (1) guest per luncheon, a total of five (5) per total season. We request that members do not bring the same guest twice.

Members can also purchase a Literary Circle Table for $500 and bring seven (7) non-member guests.

May I have a guest attend a different luncheon location than the one I attend?

Yes, we would love to have your guest join us in a different luncheon location! For instance, if you are a member in Tucson but would like to invite a guest who lives in Phoenix to attend the luncheon in North Scottsdale on Wednesday, please contact   Megan Calles with your request and we will try to accommodate your guest based on availability. 

What time shall I arrive at the venue?

The registration table will be open at 11:00 a.m. and seating will begin at 11:30 a.m.  We encourage you to meet and socialize with your friends prior to the doors opening at 11:30 a.m. 

Where shall I purchase my books for the season?

Consistent with our community support for literacy, we encourage our members to shop locally and purchase this season’s books at one of our supporting bookstores: Changing Hands (Tempe/Phoenix) or Antigone Books (Tucson). 

In Tucson, Antigone Books is offering a 20% discount to Literary Society members for all of this season's titles. When checking out, you will need to mention your affiliation with the Literary Society. You may also call (520) 792-3715 to place your order for pick-up. 

If you are unable to shop locally, please consider using the following link to Literary Society’s Amazon Smile account for all purchases.

How do I arrange a seat at the author's table? 

Seats at the author's table are reserved for Literary Society donors. If you are interested in sitting at the author's table, please email us at info@literarysoc.comSeats at the author's table are reserved for Literary Society sponsors and donors. If you are interested in sitting at the author's table, please email us at info@literarysoc.com.

Can I reserve a table at one of the Author Luncheons? 

Yes. Members can purchase a Literary Circle Table for $500 and bring 7 non-members guests.

Additional Information

How else can a member support the Literary Society and its mission?

  • There are several opportunities for deepening your membership experience and support.  The Donation page provides more details.
  • Members can host a group of your friends who are non-members at one of the Literary Luncheons by purchasing a Literary Circle Table. This is a truly special experience for you and 7 friends to share a best-selling book and then hear remarks and insights from the author firsthand. Cost: $500
  • Host a small Private Event with an author (maximum of 30 guests) and invite friends or business associates to share the experience.  Included in your donation to host an author (most of which may be tax-deductible) will be 10 signed copies of the author’s book and recognition as the author host on the Literary Society website and in our newsletter. Cost: $5,000
  • Become a Sponsor and receive complimentary memberships, access to private author events, recognition from the podium, in our newsletters, and on our website, among many other benefits There are several levels of sponsorship and we encourage you to contact Megan at info@literarysoc.com for more information.

Are there additional ways to support the Literary Society mission?

  • Link your Amazon orders through the Amazon Smile Program and select Literary Society as your non-profit to benefit from your purchases. Go to Smile.amazon.com.
  • Ask your Employer if they offer a program that matches your donations made to eligible non-profit organizations. It’s an easy way to double your contribution to the Literary Society.
  • Donate using a Qualified Charitable Distribution. If you are 70 1/2  or older, you can direct transfer funds from your IRA to a qualified charity such as the Literary Society.  Contact your financial advisor for further details.
  • Invite a  friend, family member, or colleague to be your guest at one of the luncheons and encourage them to become a member.

    What is the best way to contact the Literary Society?

    The best way to contact the Literary Society is by contacting Association Coordinator, Megan Calles, by email,  or by phone at (480)658-0539. 




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