Thursday, April 8, 2010

Newport Beach Library: Gift of Literacy Luncheon

Gift of Literacy – Author Luncheon
April 30, 2010
11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Radisson Hotel
4545 MacArthur Blvd – Newport Beach

Can you imagine not being able to read? A surprising number of individuals in our community cannot read signs, write checks, let alone read a newspaper.

The Newport Beach Public Library’s Literacy Program is working to change that. Please join us at this wonderful luncheon where your participation will help us help them to be productive and successful in their lives, at home, at work, and in the community.

This year’s event will feature two bestselling authors:
María Amparo Escandón and Sonia Nazario.

Escandón is the author of the bestselling novels, Esperanza’s Box of Saints, and Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co.: A Road Novel with Literary License. Both Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times named her the “Writer to Watch” in 1999 and 2000. She also teaches fiction writing at UCLA Extension.

Nazario has spent twenty years reporting and writing about social issues, most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Her stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems: hunger, drug addiction, immigration. Her book, Enrique’s Journey, which became a national bestseller and won two book awards, was based on her Pulitzer Prize winning series in the Los Angeles Times.

$75 per person; $100 for a seat at one of the Authors’ Tables
Books will be available for purchase and signing.
A silent auction and raffle prizes will be held.

Purchase tickets online click here
Phone: 949-717-3874
Mail: Send checks payable to Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy
Newport Beach Public Library
1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92660

All proceeds from the event will help fund the Newport Beach Public Library Literacy Services program which serves approximately 150 adult learners annually with free literacy instruction, including one-on-one tutoring, writing workshops, conversation classes and other programs designed to develop the literacy skills of adults and empower them to achieve greater success in their lives – at home, at work, and in the community.

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