All Newport Beach City facilities, including City Hall, will be closed to the public as of Wednesday, March 18, following the executive order from the Orange County Health Care Agency to slow the transmission of COVID-19 (coronavirus). City staff will continue to provide services by phone, email and through the web.

Event List

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Gift of Literacy Luncheon: Isha Sesay (POSTPONED)

Award-winning CNN Journalist and Author Isha Sesay


isha Sesay Beneath the Tamarind Tree


 Gift of Literacy Luncheon with CNN Journalist Isha Sesay

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, May 1, 2020, 11 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Newport Beach


Join NMPL for this can't-miss event, as we raise funds to "unlock the potential".

The guest speaker for the Gift of Literacy Luncheon will be award-winning CNN journalist and author Isha Sesay. In 2014, Isha Sesay led a CNN news team to a Peabody Award with her coverage of the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, by the Boko Haram terrorist group. The Britain-born journalist stayed with the story over the years, spending time with many of the 164 girls who escaped or were eventually released as part of the negotiations with the Nigerian government, as well as with the families of the 112 still unaccounted for. In August, the CNN International anchor quit her cable news position to tell the story in her new book, Beneath the Tamarind Tree.

Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy is currently accepting sponsorships for the event.
Tickets for the luncheon are $100 per person (includes book).

The luncheon will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach

Please call 949-717-3874 or email for additional info.

Return to full list >>