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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Literacy is Key: A Book & Author Affair
Presented by the Memphis Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity
Luncheon and presentation by multiple authors.
Literacy Mid-South (LMS) is a non-profit, 501c3 organization whose mission is to create a community actively engaged in continuous learning. LMS strives to reduce illiteracy in our community through their Adult Learning Program, which provides basic education to low-literate adults and the Smart Memphis Coalition, which provides resources, seminars and collaboration opportunities to over 125 organizations and individuals throughout the Mid-South.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
10:00 AM: Prologue Party
(Pre-signing & Meet the Authors event for Author and Golden Key Table guests)/General Book Sales
11:00 AM: Lunch and Program
As a result of the Literacy is Key luncheons in 2011 and 2012, over $23,000 has been donated to Literacy Mid-South, including our service project, Reading is Key, which presented 300 books to at-risk children in a local school.
Over 350 people attended the 2012 event; attendance is expected to exceed 400 for 2013.
2013 Featured Authors:
Mary Kay Andrews is the author of several New York Times bestselling novels, including Savannah Breeze, Summer Rental, and, most recently, Spring Fever. She is a former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her “real” name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. A native of St. Petersburg, Florida (and a diplomate of the Maas Bros. Department Store School of Charm), she started her professional journalism career in Savannah, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a newspaper journalism degree and is a frequent lecturer and writing teacher at universities and writing workshops. As a lifelong “junker” Mary Kay claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the Southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio. She makes her home in Atlanta, GA.
Claire Cook began her novel-writing career at mid-life while sitting in a minivan outside her daughter’s swim practice. At 50, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood adaptation of her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She is now the bestselling and award-winning author of nine novels, including Wallflower in Bloom, with a tenth, Time Flies, coming in June 2013. Her favorite saying is “Midlife rocks!” She is a frequent judge in fiction writing contests and guest lecturer at writing conferences. She also enjoys sharing her insights about “reinvention” at workshops. Claire was born in Virginia, and lived for many years in Scituate, Massachusetts, a beach town between Boston and Cape Cod. She now makes her home in Atlanta, GA.
Courtney Miller Santo teaches creative writing at the University of Memphis, where she received her MFA. She has a BA in journalism from Washington and Lee University and although born and raised in Portland, Oregon, she's spent most of her adult life in the South. Her debut novel The Roots of the Olive Tree, was published in August of 2012. The book grew out of a novel writing class she took at the University of Memphis. It chronicles the Keller family, five generations of firstborn women living together in the same house on a secluded olive grove in the Sacramento Valley of Northern CA.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Literacy Mid-South.