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National Celebration of Reading

Date: May 09, 2018

Location: The Metropolitan Club, Washington, D.C.

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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.


The Metropolitan Club of the City of Washington
1700 H Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006


May 9, 2018

11:30 a.m. Celebration Authors’ Luncheon
6:00 p.m. VIP Authors’ Reception
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. National Celebration of Reading and Dinner


Author Information

Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR. In her more than 40 years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. Along with her reporting, Roberts has written six New York Times best-sellers, most dealing with the roles of women in U.S. history. In addition to her appearances on the airwaves, Roberts, along with her husband, Steven V. Roberts, writes a weekly column syndicated in newspapers around the country by Universal U Click. In 2008, the Library of Congress named her a “Living Legend.”


Christopher Buckley

Christopher Buckley is a novelist, essayist, humorist, critic, magazine editor and memoirist. His books have been translated into 16 foreign languages. He worked as a merchant seaman and a White House speechwriter. He has written for many newspapers and magazines and has lectured in over 70 cities around the world. He was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor and the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence.



Lea Berman

Lea Berman served as White House Social Secretary and Special Assistant to President George W. Bush from 2004–2007, was Chief of Staff to Second Lady Lynne Cheney from 2002–2003 and, previously, Social Secretary to Vice President Dick Cheney. Her latest novel, Treating People Well, co-authored with Jeremy Bernard, draws from her unique access inside the White House, and demonstrates how to apply kindness, empathy, and genuine thoughtfulness to achieve success and personal fulfillment. Lea is also the creator of the blog America’s Table, and lives in Washington, D.C.

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 2018 Sponsorship Opportunities here.

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