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Press Release

Date:          February 3, 2010
Contact:     Katherine Mielke
Phone:       (949) 717-3816
E-mail:       kmielke@newportbeachca.gov                           

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GIFT OF LITERACY LUNCHEON TO FEATURE TWO AUTHORS

Newport Beach, CA (February 3, 2010) – Newport Beach Public Library Literacy Services will be presenting its third annual Gift of Literacy Author Luncheon on Friday, April 30 at 11:30 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 4545 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach.
The event will feature two bestselling Latina authors: María Amparo Escandón and Sonia Nazario.

Escandón is the author of the bestselling novels, “Esperanza's Box of Saints,” and “Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co.: A Road Novel with Literary License.”  Both Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times named her the “Writer to Watch” in 1999 and 2000. She also teaches fiction writing at UCLA Extension.

Sonia Nazario has spent 20 years reporting and writing about social issues, most recently as a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Her stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems: hunger, drug addiction, immigration.

Her book, “Enrique’s Journey,” which became a national bestseller and won two book awards, was based on her Pulitzer Prize winning series in the L.A. Times. It is now required reading for incoming freshmen at dozens of colleges and high schools across the U.S.

Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased by calling Literacy Services at the Newport Beach Public Library, 949-717-3874.  Tickets are $75 per person or $100 for a seat at the Author’s Table.  Books will be available for purchase and author signing.

Proceeds from the event will help fund the Newport Beach Public Library Literacy Services (ProLiteracy Newport/Mesa) program which serves over 100 adult learners annually with free literacy instruction, including one-on-one tutoring, writing workshops, conversation classes and other programs designed to develop the literacy skills of adults and empower them to achieve greater success in their lives – at home, at work, and in the community.

For more information, contact Literacy Services at 949-717-3874 or email literacy@newportbeachca.gov.

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