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Read for Success Event to Feature All Star Panel of Authors

The Literacy Council is very pleased to announce a new format for this year's event. We will have three local authors who have gained much success on a panel. They will be asked questions by a moderator. The authors are Jeremy Adams, Allison Crotzer Kimmel, and Aliza McCracken.

Adams is a teacher at BHS and adjunct professor at CSUB. He was named 2014 Daughters of the American Revolution California Teacher of the Year and just last week was honored by the California State Senate for his efforts in education. His publication is Full Classrooms, Empty Selves: Relections on a Decade of Teaching in an American High School.

Crotzer-Kimmel attended Oxford University and graduated from Bucknell. She worked several years as a high school English and Journalism teacher before following her dream to write. She earned a Master of Professional Writing from USC. In 2012, her middle grade manuscript Toots was named a Sue Alexander Honor Book by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has two upcoming titles: Fact Finders: We Shall Overcome, The Montgomery Bus Boycott and Primary Source: History of Slavery.

As a Vietnamese orphan raised by an American family in New York, McCracken began painting when she was four years old and was a professional artist by 15. She attended the Purchase School of Performing Arts in New York and graduated from UCSB with a degree in Fine Art and a certificate in Visual Communications. From Hong Kong to Hollywood, Aliza's art has graced thousands of collectors' walls. She is the recipient of countless prestigious honors including the SOHO International Award, Art Addiction International Award, United States Congressional Award, Living Legends Award, and International Woman of the Year Award. Her publications include Season of Miracles, Celebrating a Beautiful Life, Creative Abundance, Spirit of Joy, and Pure Grace.

Through a unique arrangement the Literacy Council gave one set of English as a Second Language books to Venessa Rude from Bakersfield who is working in Bangladesh teaching women multiple skills. What we received in return are beautiful hand-made blankets and scarves by the young ladies and women she is helping. These blankets and scarves will be our table center-pieces and will be auctioned at the event. They are truly pieces of art.

Cost is $50 per person or $320 for a table of 8. Call Gaby at 324-3213 to reserves your seat today.

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