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Miami Celebration of Reading

Date: February 07, 2019

Location: SeaFair Megayacht, Miami, Florida

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Since 2001, the Florida Celebration of Reading, founded by former Governor Jeb Bush and his wife, Columba, has raised more than $26 million in support of family literacy programs that help children and their parents improve their literacy skills.

This year’s special event—the first to be held in Miami—will celebrate the legacy of Barbara Bush and will include, as always, an entertaining lineup of best-selling authors. Celebration of Reading activities include a private, intimate luncheon for top business supporters and members of the Bush family; a VIP cocktail reception; the always-entertaining reading event featuring best-selling guest authors; and an invitation-only after-party.

Funds raised from the Miami Celebration of Reading help support programs of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.


February 7, 2019

12:00 p.m. – Celebration Luncheon
Barbara Bush Legacy, Tribute, and Champion Sponsors, Guest Authors
Location to be announced

6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
All Sponsors and Guest Authors
SeaFair Miami

7:00 p.m.  Celebration of Reading
All Sponsors and Ticket Holders
SeaFair Miami

8:30 p.m.  Celebration After-Party
Invitation Only
SeaFair Miami

Author Information

Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other best-selling thrillers. His newest book, The Escape Artist, debuted at No. 1 on the best-seller list. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the best-seller list for nonfiction. He’s written 14 children’s books as part of his “I Am” series, which was written for his own children, to give them better heroes to look up to. The Hollywood Reporter recently named Brad on their list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. His books have spent over a year on the best-seller lists, and have been translated into over 25 languages, from Hebrew to Bulgarian. Brad is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2 and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, and is a co-creator on the TV show, Jack & Bobby. Brad is also responsible for helping find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero, making national news on the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

Additional authors to be announced soon!

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.

Learn about our 2019 Sponsorship Opportunities. For more information, or to reserve your sponsorship, please contact Michael Thompson at or 850.562.5300.

Celebration Committee

2019 committee members to be announced soon.

Thank you to our 2018 Host Committee! 

Doro Bush Koch
Honorary Chair, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

Jeb Bush, Jr.
Honorary Chair, Celebration of Reading

Celebration of Reading Event Co-Chairs
Fred and Autumn Karlinsky
Fred and Stephanie Pezeshkan

Carol Jenkins Barnett, Publix Super Markets Charities
Romero Britto, International Pop Artist and Artistic Activist
Chris Evert, Legendary Tennis Champion
Tom Feeney, Associated Industries of Florida
Peter Jacobsen, PGA Professional and Golf Channel Commentator
Mike Jennings, Literacy Advocate
Mark Kaplan, The Mosaic Group
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen & Dexter Lehtinen
Garrett & Diana Richter, Barbara Bush Foundation Advocates


  • Dr. Arthur Agatston
  • Julianna Baggott
  • Derrick Barnes
  • Andrea Beaty
  • Michael Beschloss
  • Paulette Bourgeois
  • James Bradley
  • Marc Brown
  • Christopher Buckley
  • Laura Bush
  • Doro Bush Koch
  • Donovan Campbell
  • Eric Carle
  • Harlan Coben
  • Joanna Cole
  • Jill Conner Browne
  • Robin Cook
  • Michael Crichton
  • Drew Daywalt
  • Steve Doocy
  • Eric Draper
  • Jeffrey Engel
  • Antwone Fisher
  • Fannie Flagg
  • Carl Hiaasen
  • Carol and Mary Higgins Clark
  • A.J. Jacobs
  • Haven Kimmel
  • Greg Kincaid
  • Jeff Kinney
  • Debbie Macomber
  • Mary Matalin
  • James McBride
  • Brad Meltzer
  • Greg Mortenson
  • Bill O’Reilly
  • Dana Perino
  • Susan Orlean
  • Mary Pope Osborne
  • Sharon Robinson
  • Art Smith
  • R.L. Stein
  • Randall Wallace
  • N.D. Wilson
  • Markus Zusak

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