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Celebration of Reading in Maine

Date: August 30, 2018

Location: Vinegar Hill Music Theatre, Arundel, ME

Author Information Celebration Committee Photo Gallery

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.


Vinegar Hill Music Theatre
53 Old Post Road, Arundel, Maine 04046

Author Information

Thank you to our wonderful 2017 guest authors! 2018 author lineup to be announced.


Daniel Silva

Daniel Silva is the award winning #1 New York Times bestselling author of 20 novels. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages and are bestsellers around the world. Best known for his hugely popular series about the legendary spy and art restorer, Gabriel Allon, his most recent books, The Black W

idow and House of Spies, were runaway bestsellers. Silva recently surprised fans with the exciting news that the Gabriel Allon books are being developed by MGM for a television series.  He lives in Florida with his wife, CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel, and their twins, Lily and Nicholas.


Teri Hatcher

Teri Hatcher is best known for her television roles as Susan Mayer on the ABC comedy-drama series, Desperate Housewives and Lois Lane of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. For her work on Desperate Housewives, Hatcher won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as a Primetime Emmy nomination. An actress, presenter and former NFL cheerleader, Hatcher added author to her resume with the bestselling book Burnt Toast: And Other Philosophies of Life. Her book is a personal, heartfelt and often very funny manifesto on life, love and the lessons we all need to learn. Hatcher tells her story in the hope that her foibles and insights might inspire and motivate other women, as she opens up about the little moments that have sustained her through good times and bad.


Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, philanthropist and single parent whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organizations. Gardner’s autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, spent over 20 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and has been translated into over 40 languages. Gardner is also the inspiration for the critically acclaimed movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, released by Columbia Pictures in December 2006. Will Smith starred as Gardner and received Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations for his performance. In his second New York Times best-selling book, Start Where You Are, Gardner shared his philosophies on, and the critical steps behind, creating a fulfilling, successful life.


SSG Travis Mills

Retired United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne is a recalibrated warrior, motivational speaker, actor, author, and an advocate for veterans and amputees. Travis’s New York Times best-selling memoir, Tough as They Come, is currently available on sale in bookstores everywhere. Despite losing portions of both arms and legs from an IED while on active duty in Afghanistan, Travis continues to overcome life’s challenges, breaking physical barriers and defying odds. Travis lives by his motto: “Never give up. Never quit.” In September 2013, Travis founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist combat-injured veterans.

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.

Thank you to all of our 2017 Celebration of Reading sponsors!

Celebration Committee

Committee Members

Doro Bush Koch

Jean Becker

Craig Denekas

Robin Ellis

Tim Harrington

Betsy Heminway

Louise Hurlbutt

Stephen & Alicia Spenlinhauer

Annie Wells

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