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Celebration of Reading in Dallas/Ft. Worth

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The Barbara Bush Foundation invites you to join us as we celebrate the 17th annual Celebration of Reading Dallas/Fort Worth. Featuring guest appearances by members of the Bush family and New York Times best-selling authors, the event features a private, intimate luncheon and VIP reception with guest authors, and the always-entertaining reading program followed by dinner. Throughout the Celebration, you can expect to be entertained by a lineup of engaging authors reading from their most recent works, inspired by a transformational testimony of the impact the Foundation is making in North Texas, and empowered to be an advocate for literacy in your community.

Last year, funds raised from the annual Celebration of Reading made it possible to continue supporting more than 140 family literacy programs and groundbreaking literacy initiatives throughout the country that provide parents and children – including nearly 5,000 families right here in North Texas – with access to educational opportunities so they can better their own lives and pass these important skills down to the next generation.

Thank you for your support of the Celebration of Reading Dallas/Fort Worth.

To reserve your table or for more information on sponsorships, please contact Melissa Metoyer at or 469.471.8072. Individual tickets are currently not available, but will be available for purchase later this fall. For all other requests, please email us at

November 6, 2018

Noon Celebration Luncheon with Guest Authors and
Top Sponsors (Silver Sponsors & Higher)
6 – 7 p.m VIP Authors’ Reception (Patron Sponsors & Higher)
Meyerson Symphony Center – Horchow Hall
6:30 p.m. Doors Open (All ticket holders)
Meyerson Symphony Center
7 – 8:30 p.m. Celebration of Reading Program (All ticket holders)
Meyerson Symphony Center – Concert Hall
8:30 p.m. Celebration of Reading Dinner
($250 individual tickets; all sponsors)
Meyerson Symphony Center – Main Lobby
9 p.m. Guest Author Book Signing
Meyerson Symphony Center – Lower Lobby

Author Information

Michael Connelly
A former news journalist and crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, Michael Connelly is the best-selling author of 32 novels. With more than 74 million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into 40 foreign languages, he is one of the most successful writers working today. His very first novel, The Black Echo, won the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1992. In 2002, Clint Eastwood directed and starred in the movie adaptation of Connelly’s 1998 novel, Blood Work. In 2011, the movie adaptation of his No. 1 best-selling novel, The Lincoln Lawyer, hit theaters worldwide starring Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller. His most recent No. 1 New York Times best-sellers include Two Kinds Of Truth, The Late Show, The Wrong Side of Goodbye, The Crossing, The Burning Room, The Gods of Guilt, and The Black Box.

Connelly is the executive producer of Bosch, an Amazon Studios original drama series based on his best-selling character Harry Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He is also the executive producer of the documentary films Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story and Tales of the American. He spends his time in California and Florida.


Michelle Staubach Grimes
Michelle Staubach Grimes is the author of two acclaimed children’s books: Where is Pidge? and Pidge Takes the Stage. Raised in Dallas, Grimes earned a bachelor of arts and a law degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., before returning home to practice law and work in sports marketing. She became a stay-at-home mom upon the birth of her first child in 1999. In 2012, she enrolled in a continuing education program focused on creative writing at Southern Methodist University. After falling in love with creative writing and studying “story” through the SMU program, Michelle published her first children’s book in 2015.


Philipp Meyer
Philipp Meyer grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Baltimore, where he dropped out of high school and got a GED at the age of 16. After five years working as a bike mechanic and an orderly in a trauma center, he decided to attend college. He is a graduate of Cornell University and has an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a James Michener Fellow. In 2009, Meyer published the critically lauded novel, American Rust, which won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was named an Economist Book of the Year, a New York Times Notable Book, and a Washington Post Book of the Year. Meyer was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Dobie Paisano Fellowship, and named as one of the New Yorker magazine’s 20 best writers under 40.

Meyer’s best-selling second novel, The Son, has been a bestseller in a dozen countries, was published in 25 languages, and has been honored with numerous awards. In 2017, Meyer was given the title of Chevalier (Knight) in France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His books have been adapted for Hollywood, and in 2017, The Son premiered as an AMC original, starring Pierce Brosnan. Meyer currently lives in Austin, Texas.


Ellie LeBlond Sosa
Ellie LeBlond Sosa is the co-author of George and Barbara Bush: A Great American Love Story, a book about her grandparents’ incredible legacy of love. Ellie lives in Boston, where she works for a healthcare nonprofit. Her passion lies in health and wellness. She is a certified holistic health counselor and teaches fitness in Boston as well as on retreats for women around the world. Ellie met her husband of four years at her grandparents’ home in Kennebunkport, Maine, and was married there in 2014. Her grandparents’ love story is one that she looks up to and strives to emulate in her own life.




Sponsorship Information

The Celebration of Reading event helps raise both awareness and funds to support the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which remains committed to Mrs. Bush’s vision, providing innovative programs and strategies aimed to expand access to education for all Americans.

Sponsored tables and tickets are available at various prices. To reserve your table or for more information on 2018 sponsorship, please contact Melissa Metoyer at or 469.471.8072.

Learn about our 2018 Sponsorship Opportunities.

Celebration Committee

Event Chair: Brill Garrett

Brill has dedicated her life to making a difference in the community and in the lives of students and children. This is evidenced by the numerous outreach programs she has created, coordinated and invested her time in. She serves as Vice President/Secretary of Jason Garrett Starfish Charities, coordinating programs that influence children of all ages. Garrett also serves as an art docent at AT&T Stadium and is an active member of the Dallas Cowboys Women’s Association. Additionally, she participates on several charitable boards including Camp John Marc, Center for Brain Health, SMU Simmons School and Special Needs Ministry Central Committee at Highland Park United Methodist Church.

After graduating from Princeton University in 1988 with an A.B. with honors from the Woodrow Wilson School, Garrett went on to Harvard Law School and earned her J.D. in 1992. After receiving her J.D. from Harvard, Garrett worked with defense lawyers in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband, Jason, live in Dallas with their two dogs, Baci and Bella.

Honorary Chair: First Lady Laura W. Bush

Underwriting Chairs: Lisa Longino and Fleming Longino Huckin

Committee Members

  • Allie Beth and Pierce Allman
  • Emy Lou and Jerry Baldridge
  • Lucy Bannon
  • Gina Betts
  • Allison Bovard
  • Wynne Brown
  • Jennifer Edenfield
  • Judith Gass
  • Amanda Goldstein
  • Michelle Staubach Grimes
  • Diane Johnston
  • Meredith Land
  • Betsy and Scott Matheson
  • Francie Moody-Dahlberg
  • Jan Rees-Jones
  • Gail and Scott Rolseth
  • Melanie Schoenvogel
  • Abigail Sinwell
  • Shelly Slater
  • Marianne and Roger Staubach
  • Molly Thomas
  • Meredith Wallace
  • Anne Williams
  • Jamie Williams
  • Michelle Witten

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