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National Celebration of Reading

Date: May 04, 2017

Location: Newseum, Washington, D.C.

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Since 2002, the Barbara Bush Foundation and members of the Bush family have joined forces with community leaders, bestselling authors and valued partners to celebrate the power of literacy through the annual Celebration of Reading events.

The National Celebration of Reading activities include a private, intimate luncheon for top business supporters and members of the Bush family; a VIP cocktail reception and photo opportunity; and the always entertaining reading event, which features bestselling guest authors and is followed by dinner.


555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001


May 4, 2017

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Celebration Luncheon with Bush Family & Guest Authors
(Silver Level & Higher)
6:00 PM VIP Reception and Photo Opportunity (Advocate Level & Higher)
Newseum – Capitol Terrace and Private Dining Room; 2nd Floor
6:30 PM National Celebration of Reading Reception
Newseum – Great Hall of News; 1st Floor
7:15 PM National Celebration of Reading Program
Newseum – Annenberg Theater
8:30 PM Celebration of Reading Dinner
Newseum – Great Hall of News on 1st Floor

Author Information

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Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown is the author of 68 New York Times bestsellers, including Sting, Friction, Mean Streak, Deadline, Low Pressure, Lethal, Rainwater, Tough Customer, Smash Cut, Smoke Screen, and Play Dirty. Writing professionally since 1981, Brown has published over 70 novels and has upwards of 80 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Her work has been translated into 34 languages. Her episode on truTV’s “Murder by the Book” premiered the series in 2008. She appeared in 2010 on Investigation Discovery’s series, “Hardcover Mysteries.” Television movies have been made of her novels French Silk, Smoke Screen, Ricochet, and most recently White Hot. Brown holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University, where she and her husband Michael Brown have instituted the ELF, a scholarship awarded annually. She has served as president of Mystery Writers of America, and in 2008 she was named Thriller Master, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other honors include the Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011 she went on a USO tour to Afghanistan.


Robert EdselRobert 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.


Ambassador Sichan Siv

Sichan Siv is the international bestselling author of the American dream story Golden Bones, as well as the political thriller Golden State: Love and Conflict in Hostile Lands. In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush as an ambassador to the United Nations, serving until 2006. In June 2005, he represented the U.S. at the 60th anniversary of the United Nations, in the footsteps of President Truman in 1945, Eisenhower in 1955, Johnson in 1965, and Clinton in 1995. He also served at the White House as Deputy Assistant to President George H.W. Bush and at the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary, in addition to a range of positions in the private sector. He escaped Cambodia’s killing fields in 1976 and was resettled as a refugee in Connecticut with his mother’s scarf, an empty rice bag and two dollars. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the George H.W. Bush Award for Outstanding Public Service, DAR Americanism Medal, U.S. Army Commander’s Award, Anne Frank Lifetime Achievement Award, and Brazilian Academy of Art, Culture and History Honors.


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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 projects in which parents and their children learn and read together.

Our 2017 Sponsorship Opportunities is available here.

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