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Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to Host 2017 Maine Celebration of Reading

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~ Bush family members and celebrity authors will gather to raise funds for Maine family literacy programs ~

KENNEBUNKPORT, MAINE – The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy will host the Maine Celebration of Reading on Friday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Vinegar Hill Music Theatre in Arundel, Maine.

Since 1989, the Barbara Bush Foundation has hosted more than 60 Celebration of Reading events in six cities across the nation. Funds raised from the Celebration events support nationwide family literacy programs of the Barbara Bush Foundation, including programs in Maine. Over the past 21 years, the Foundation has provided nearly $6.2 million in support of more than 370 family literacy programs throughout the state.

This year’s event will bring together members of the Bush family, community leaders, and an outstanding lineup of best-selling guest authors: Daniel Silva, Anita Shreve, Chris Gardner and Travis Mills.

Daniel Silva is the award-winning No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of 20 novels. Best known for his hugely popular series about the legendary spy and art restorer, Gabriel Allon, Silva’s most recent book, “House of Spies,” was published in July 2017. Silva recently surprised fans with the exciting news that the Gabriel Allon books are being developed by MGM for a television series.

Anita Shreve is the New York Times best-selling author of 18 novels, including “The Weight of Water,” “The Pilot’s Wife,” “The Last Time They Met,” “A Wedding in December” and “Body Surfing.” Shreve’s award-winning novel “The Weight of Water” was adapted in 2002 as a major motion picture starring Elizabeth Hurley and Sean Penn. Her 1998 novel “The Pilot’s Wife” was selected for Oprah’s Book Club and became an international best-seller before being adapted for a made-for-television film starring Christine Lahti in 2002.

Chris Gardner is an entrepreneur, best-selling author and philanthropist. His autobiography, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” spent more than 20 weeks on the New York Times best-sellers list and was the inspiration for the film version starring Will Smith. Smith received numerous Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations for his performance as Gardner in the film, which was released by Columbia Pictures in 2006.

Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne is a recalibrated warrior, motivational speaker, actor, author, and advocate for veterans and amputees. Mills, who became a quadruple amputee after surviving an explosion while on active duty in Afghanistan, is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir “Tough as They Come.” In June 2017, Mills’ nonprofit organization opened a retreat for wounded veterans and their families in Rome, Maine.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and include special benefits such as a private VIP reception with members of the Bush family and guest authors, as well as preferred seating at the evening program. Individual tickets are available at $150 and include a pre-event reception.

For more information about the 2017 Maine Celebration of Reading, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit or contact Coleman Lapointe, Director, Strategic Alliances at 713-444-1747 or

About the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy: The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is the nation’s leading advocate for family literacy. The Foundation was established by Mrs. Barbara Bush in 1989, inspired by her vision of fostering the opportunity for every man, woman and child to secure a better life through literacy. Today, the Foundation is a public charity that remains committed to Mrs. Bush’s vision, working to expand literacy access for the bookends of our education system: early literacy for young children and opportunities for low-literate parents to improve their skills. To learn more, visit or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter (@BarbaraBushFdn).

For more information: Contact Lauren Sproull, Director of Communications, 850-562-5300 or

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Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
516 North Adams Street • Tallahassee, Florida 32301