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National Celebration of Reading

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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
6:15 PM National Celebration of Reading Reception
Newseum – Great Hall of News; 1st Floor
7:00 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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Thank you to our wonderful 2017 guest authors! 2018 author lineup to be announced.


Mary Matalin and James Carville

Mary Matalin has worked in grassroots and national politics for three decades; from the Reagan Revolution through the last GOP White House, where she served as Assistant to George W. Bush and Counselor to Vice President Cheney. She has been an outspoken conservative voice on radio and television, and in her best selling books.

A native of Carville, Louisiana, James “The Ragin’ Cajun” Carville is one of America’s best-known political consultants. His long list of electoral successes shows his knack for steering overlooked underdogs to landslide victories. Carville is most known for guiding William Jefferson Clinton to the presidency in 1992. He is a best-selling author, actor, talk-show host, and public speaker. Carville currently serves as a Professor of Practice at Tulane University in New Orleans.


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.


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.

Learn about our 2017 Sponsorship Opportunities here.

Thank you to all of our 2017 Celebration of Reading sponsors. View the list here.

Celebration Committee

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Honorary Chair: Mr. J. Willard Marriott, Jr.

Event Chairs: Bobby and Doro Bush Koch, Marvin and Margaret Bush

Committee Members

  • Mary Brady
  • Scott and Patrice Brickman
  • Fritz and Brooke Brogan
  • Tom and Jake Collamore
  • Jason Denby
  • Dava Guerin
  • Bobbie and Bill Kilberg
  • Patricia Reilly Koch
  • Tim and Anita McBride
  • Kristan King Nevins
  • Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr.

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