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Celebration of Reading in Dallas/Ft. Worth

Date: November 07, 2017

Location: Coming soon

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The Barbara Bush Foundation invites you to join us as we celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Celebration of Reading Dallas/Fort Worth. Featuring guest appearances by members of the Bush family and New York Times best-selling authors, the event features a private, intimate luncheon and VIP reception with guest authors, and the always-entertaining reading program followed by dinner. Throughout the Celebration, you can expect to be entertained by a lineup of engaging authors reading from their most recent works, inspired by a transformational testimony of the impact the Foundation is making in North Texas, and empowered to be an advocate for literacy in your community.

Funds raised from the annual Celebration of Reading help support family literacy programs of the Barbara Bush Foundation, including Teen Trendsetters™, an anchor program of the organization that pairs teen mentors with first, second or third grade students who are six months or more behind in reading. The Foundation currently offers 23 family literacy programs serving more than 800 students and families in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Thank you for your support of the Celebration of Reading Dallas/Fort Worth.

To reserve your individual tickets or for more information, please contact Adine Zornow via email at or by phone at 214-856-5049. Tickets will be available for purchase at a later date.

To review sponsorship opportunities, please click here.


October 24, 2016

11:30 a.m. Celebration Luncheon with Guest Authors and
Top Sponsors (Silver Sponsors & Higher)
5:30 – 6:30 p.m VIP Author’s Reception (Patron Sponsors & Higher)
Meyerson Symphony Center – Horchow Hall
6 p.m. Celebration Reception (All ticket holders)
Meyerson Symphony Center – Lower Lobby
7 – 8:30 p.m. Celebration of Reading Program (All ticket holders)
Meyerson Symphony Center – Concert Hall
8:30 p.m. Celebration of Reading Dinner
($250 individual tickets; all sponsors)
Meyerson Symphony Center – Main Lobby
9 p.m. Guest Author Book Signing
Meyerson Symphony Center – Lower Lobby

Author Information

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Thank you to our wonderful 2016 guest authors. Author lineup for 2017 to be announced soon.



C.J. Box
C.J. Box is the New York Times best-selling author of 16 Joe Pickett novels, five standalones, and the story collection, Shots Fired.  He has received numerous awards, including Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38. Box has also been recognized with an Edgar Award and a finalist in the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Box won the Edgar Award for Best Novel for his first standalone, Blue Heaven. A Wyoming native, Box has worked on a ranch and as a small-town newspaper reporter and editor. He lives outside Cheyenne, WY with his family.  His books have been translated into 27 languages.

Debbie-MacomberDebbie Macomber
The author of A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, Dashing Through the Snow, Silver Linings, Last One Home, Love Letters, Mr. Miracle, Blossom Street Brides, and Rose Harbor in Bloom, Debbie is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Ten of her novels have reached No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller lists, and five of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove books. She has more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

RobertRobert Edsel
Robert Edsel is recognized as one of the world’s foremost advocates for art preservation and the recovery of cultural treasures missing since World War II. The last 12 years of his life have been dedicated to the meticulous research of the Monuments Men and women, the soldier-scholars who helped save many of the world’s great art and cultural treasures from the destruction of war and theft by the Nazis. Their story was re-told in his bestselling novel, The Monuments Men, also a blockbuster hit starring Academy Award winner George Clooney and acclaimed actors Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray. Additional New York Times bestselling novels include Rescuing Da Vinci and Saving Italy. He has been awarded the Texas Medal of Arts award; the President’s Call to Service award; and the Hope for Humanity award, presented by the Dallas Holocaust Museum. After years of advocacy to honor the Monuments Men, Edsel participated in the 2015 presentation to them of the Congressional Gold Medal, our nation’s highest civilian award.

RobertSharon Robinson
Sharon Robinson is the educational consultant for Major League Baseball. She manages Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life a baseball-themed national character education curriculum that helps empower students to face obstacles in their lives. Sharon is also the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction. She has written several widely praised books about her father, baseball legend Jackie Robinson. In conjunction with the 2013 movie release of 42 Sharon debuted Jackie Robinson: American Hero, a full-color comprehensive biography featuring personal details about the inspiring baseball icon. Prior to joining MLB, Sharon had a 20-year career as a nurse-midwife and educator. She taught in such prestigious universities as: Yale, Columbia, Howard, and Georgetown and is Vice Chairman of the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

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Sponsorship Information

The Celebration of Reading event helps raise both awareness and funds to support the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which is dedicated to establishing literacy as a value in every home in America. The foundation funds the development of innovative family literacy programs in which parents and their children learn and read together.

Sponsored tables and tickets are available at various prices. For more detailed sponsor benefits and ticket information click HERE

Celebration Committee

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Honorary Chair: Mrs. Laura W. Bush

Event Chairs: Allie Beth & Pierce Allman

Committee Members

Jesse Abercrombie

Kelly & Todd Abernathy

Emy Lou & Jerry Baldridge

Penny & David Cook

Millie & Kenneth Cooper

Ola Fojtasek

Brill Garrett

Judy Gass

Michelle Staubach Grimes

Gary Huddleston

Caroline Rose Hunt

Nancy Ann & Ray L. Hunt

Ashlee Hunt Kleinert

Betsy & Scott Matheson

Kit & Charlie Moncrief

Nena Madonia Oshman

The Hon. Jeanne L. Phillips

Delia Johnson Prine

Karen Rambo

Jan & Trevor Rees-Jones

Gretchen & George Seay

Marianne & Roger Staubach

Cathy & Ike Vanden Eykel

Stephanie & Will Wilson

Linda Wimberly

Get in Touch

You may also contact us by phone at 850.562.5300 or by mail at:
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
516 North Adams Street • Tallahassee, Florida 32301