Literacy Is Key Book and Author Event
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Holiday Inn • University of Memphis • 3700 Central Avenue • Memphis, TN 38111
10:00am - Prologue Party & 'Prize-Winning' Paperbacks*
11:00am - Luncheon & Program
During Event: * With a minimum of a $20 donation, receive a previously loved Prize-Winning paperback with a special gift inside. From restaurants to jewelry, clothing & art, gift items are generously donated by more than 100 Mid-South area businesses.
2019 Featured Authors
Anne Bogel, better known to many as the Modern Mrs. Darcy, is a blogger, bookworm, writer, and curator of a website that explores issues of interest to women in the modern world. She hosts a podcast called What Should I Read Next, causing many readers ‘to be read’ pile to overflow, as well as an online book club. Anne is particularly fascinated with personality types (she is an Myers-Briggs INFP and enneagram type 9) and explores them in her first book, Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything. Her second book, I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life, was released in September 2018. Anne likes to add the important disclaimer that she is not actually Mrs. Darcy and does not play her on TV. She lives with her husband, four children, and many, many books in Kentucky.
Kristina McMorris is a New York Times bestselling author, and bestselling author of several novels, including Letters from Home, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves, The Pieces We Keep, The Edge of Lost, and her most recent title, Sold on a Monday. Kristina’s novels have garnered more than two dozen awards and nominations, including a Good Reads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. Kristina has an extensive background in media and journalism, beginning at the age of nine on an Emmy award-winning kids television program. She also has expertise as an event planner and in public relations. Kristina is a frequent guest speaker and workshop presenter. She holds a B.S. in International Marketing from Pepperdine University and was named one of Portland’s “Forty Under 40” by The Business Journal. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two sons.
Brad Taylor is the author of the Pike Logan series, first released in 2011 with One Rough Man, and now boasting more than 12 installments. The series has consistently hit the New York Times bestseller list. Brad was born on Okinawa, Japan, but grew up in rural Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. He served for more than 21 years, retiring as a Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel. He has conducted operations in support of US national interests in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other classified locations. His books draw from these experiences. His final assignment was as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. When not writing, he serves as a security consultant on asymmetric threats for various agencies. He lives in Charleston, SC with his wife and two daughters.
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From Left - Right: Andrea Harano (2018 Literacy is Key Chair) with 2018 authors Christina Baker Kline, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Kim Wright, and Janie Lowery (2019 Chair)
Literacy is Key 2017 authors Karen White, Deborah Wiles, Elin Hilderbrand
Lauran Stimac (2017 Chair), David Brown (FirstBook MidSouth)
Literacy is Key 2016
Author Dorothea Benton Frank, chair Marsha Berry, author Mark Greaney, author Laura Lane McNeal, and assistant chair Lauran Stimac.
Literacy is Key 2015
Chair Summer Godman, author Natalie Baszile, Michael Farris Smith, Patti Callahan Henry, and assistant chair Marsha Berry.