The Literary Society of the Desert is a non-profit organization promoting literacy and the love of reading through presentations by (and discussions with) leading authors as well as promoting literacy, writing skills, and the love of reading in the community.
LITERARY SOCIETY OF THE DESERT
THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS
FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT
Membership Renewals start in June
LSD IS A PRIVATE MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION
EVENTS ARE RESTRICTED TO MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS
It was a great 2023 Season!
March Guest Author CJ Hauser at LSD party for Sponsors, Patrons and Benefactors hosted by Diane Rubin (right) and Lenny Eber. The event was Co-Chaired by Suz Hunt and Joanne Mintz (center right and center left). Dr. Hauser is second from left and President Nancy Cunningham far left.
(Left) Barbara Monaschino and CJ Hauser. (Right) Judi Cohen and Fran Muir at Donor Appreciation Party
January Guest Author, Paulina Bren, with Student group from Xavier Prep. (Above) Professor Bren ( Vassar College) also met with students from Shadow Hills. Thank you to our Student Benefactors for giving us the opportunity to host ten student groups each season.
LSD Sponsors Jackie Coakley (left) and Karlene Garber (right) with February 2023 Guest Author Geraldine Brooks
Executive Vice President Joanne Mintz, Guest Author Geraldine Brooks, President Nancy Cunningham
Ambassador David Lane (left) and Gary Ginsberg with Library Benefactor Loreen Jacobsen whose family member was featured in the book as a "First Friend" of Harry Truman (May 2022)
Thank you to March 2022 Guest Author Julia Sweig for a wonderful talk to LSD members, guest librarians, and
Rancho Mirage High School students who are photographed below with the author and their copies of LADY BIRD JOHNSON
Guest Author Michaela Carter at our first luncheon of the 2022 Season
Maggie Shipstead (top center) with LSD Sponsors Jackie Coakley (left), Nancy Cunningham (right) and
Carlyn Stonehill (bottom right) "as seen in THE DESERT SUN"
Board Members Nancy Cunningham (left) and Suz Hunt
Memories of Previous Seasons. . . . .
Guest Author Alice Hoffman chats with President Nancy Cunningham at Thunderbird Country Club prior to the first luncheon of our 2020 Season
Mitchell James Kaplan, author of RHAPSODY, performing for LSD Sponsors, Patrons and Benefactors 12/15/21
Douglas Smith, Historian, with his mother and LSD Sponsor, Annette Smith prior to his talk on THE RUSSIAN JOB: HOW AMERICA SAVED THE SOVIET UNION FROM RUIN .
(Rancho Mirage Library, November 12, 2019
Founding Sponsor Jean Viereck, Patron Fran Muir and Dr. Douglas Smith
Library Benefactor Libby Hoffman with Douglas Smith
LSD President Nancy Cunningham with Dr. Douglas Smith
Memories of LSD Meetings and Members
See Scrapbook for additional member photos
Guest Author Whitney Scharer (center) with students from Palm Desert High School preceding her luncheon presentation on THE AGE OF LIGHT.
Below: Authors table with Whitney Scharer at April, 2019 luncheon at La Quinta C.C.
March, 2019 Guest Author Michelle Dean is photographed with Rancho Mirage High School students prior to their meeting with her.
(Above) President, Nancy Cunningham and February Guest Author, Christina Lynch
(Right) LSD Sponsor Sis Jackson (top left) with President, Nancy Cunningham (top right) and Secretary, Donna Martin at Thunderbird Country Club on January 24, 2019, featuring Hannah Pittard.
(Above) 2018 Guest Author, Julia Glass (Center) with LSD Exec. V.P. Joanne Mintz (Left), President, Nancy Cunningham (Right) and Coachella Valley librarians who received LSD grants for programming.
Student guests are photographed with author, Lynne Olsen in 2017.
Our student guests take their reading seriously--photo illustrates one student's "bookmarks" on their copy of Elinor Lipman's ON TURPENTINE LANE (below)
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