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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 bestselling 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 bestselling 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

Dave Barry

Dave Barry has been a professional humorist ever since he discovered that professional humor was a lot easier than working. For many years he wrote a newspaper column that appeared in more than 500 newspapers and generated thousands of letters from readers who thought he should be fired. Despite this, Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, although he misplaced it for several years, which is why his wife now keeps it in a secure location that he does not know about. One of Barry’s columns was largely responsible for the movement to observe International Talk Like a Pirate Day every year on September 19. This is probably his most enduring achievement.

Barry has written more than 30 books, including the novels Big TroubleLunaticsTricky Business, and, most recently, Insane City. He has also written a number of books with titles like I’ll Mature When I’m Dead, which are technically classified as nonfiction, although they contain numerous lies. Two of Barry’s books were the basis for the CBS sitcom Dave’s World, which can probably still be seen on cable TV in certain underdeveloped nations. Barry lives in Miami with his family and a dog that is determined to urinate on every square inch of North America. Photography credit: Daniel Portnoy


Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Escape Artist and 11 other best-selling thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for nonfiction (History Decoded), advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), children’s books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln), and even comic books (Justice League of America), for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award.

He is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Lost History and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. The Hollywood Reporter recently put him on their list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. 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. His newest book—The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington—is non-fiction and will be released in January 2019.


Susan Page

Susan Page is the Washington Bureau chief for USA Today, where she writes about politics and the White House. She has reported from six continents, covered 10 presidential elections, and interviewed the past nine presidents (three after they left office). Her book, The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty, is being published by Twelve in April 2019.

Susan has won every journalism award given specifically for coverage of the White House. She has served as president of the White House Correspondents Association and of the Gridiron Club, the oldest association of journalists in Washington. A native of Wichita, Kansas, she received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, where she was editor-in-chief of The Daily Northwestern, and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She is married to Carl Leubsdorf, a columnist with The Dallas Morning News. They have two sons, Ben and Will.

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