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David Baldacci

The 2015 Featured Author
David Baldacci


David Baldacci has published 29 best-selling novels for adults as well as four novels for younger readers, with 110 million books in print worldwide. David Baldacci’s first novel, Absolute Power (1996), was an international bestseller and was adapted into a film of the same name starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. David Baldacci wrote the screen play adaptation of his novel Wish You Well (2013) and it was just released on Blue-Ray and DVD. Purchase tickets today to see:




Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction

Featuring Bestselling Author

benefiting the Literacy Council of Buncombe County

September 11, 2015 | 6-9:30 p.m.

Renaissance Hotel Asheville

Tickets are $75 each ($750 for a table of ten) and include a silent auction, three course dinner, and live presentation by David Baldacci. You can learn more about the event and find ticket information at or purchase tickets online through Square.


Augustine Project Orientation and Training Dates:

Training dates: Monday-Thursday July 13-16 and Monday-Thursday July 20-23
Training location: ArtSpace Charter School Swannanoa, NC
May orientation dates: (please choose one of the following)
May- Wed. 5/27/15 9-10:30am in the conference room at LCBC
May- Thurs. 5/28/15 6-7:30pm in the conference room at LCBC
May- Fri. 5/29/15 12-1:30pm in the conference room at LCBCAugustine Project Student

Email Lily at to register for an orientation. Additional dates can be arranged in June and early July if you cannot make it to one of these orientations.

Program description: The Augustine Project® seeks to improve the academic achievement and thereby the self esteem of low-income children and teens who struggle with literacy skills.  The project trains tutors who provide free, 1-on-1, long-term instruction in reading, writing and spelling.  Tutoring usually takes place twice a week at the child’s school during the school day if teachers and administrators are amenable. Alternate tutoring sites may include after school programs.  Lessons last approximately 50 minutes.

Augustine Project® tutors receive 70 hours of training in how to provide research-based reading instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, spelling & written expression. The training is Orton-Gillinghambased, emphasizing the importance of direct instruction, engaging all the senses in learning, and presenting information in a structured, sequential format targeting the student’s individual needs. Wilson Reading System® materials help guide the lesson planning process.

Volunteer Tutor Orientation and Training Schedule

Download a PDF file showing dates and time for tutor orientation sessions and tutor training classes for Adult Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).   Classes fill up fast.   Schedule your seat today via e-mail to or by calling 828-254-3442, ext 204.  

Volunteer Schedule


Events Archives

2015 Spelling Bee "You Won't Bee-lieve It!"

Spelling Bee 2015

Winner: The Diadasias from Warren Wilson


2014 Authors for Literacy Dinner and Silent Auction featuring James Patterson

2014 Authors for Literacy featuring James Patterson

Literacy Council Staff with James Patterson


2014 Spelling Bee, "Bee in Harmony"

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Winner: Malaprops team Triceraprops


2013 Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction featuring Charles Frazier

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Brian Lee Knopp on the left, who interviewed Charles; Charles Frazier on the right

Click here to listen to Charles Frazier on the 8/3/13 episode of NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me.


2013 Spelling Bee, "Bring it to the Bee"

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Click here to read a full recap of the event written by Megan Northcote.

Winner: Warren Wilson Diadasias


2012 Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction featuring Jill Conner Browne
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The staff with Jill Conner Browne


2010 Spelling Bee: Who wants to be a Spellionaire?
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Winner: Givens Estates Golden Spelers


2011 Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction featuring Ron Rash

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2010 Spelling Bee Renovation.

May 2010 marked the Literacy Council of Buncombe County’s 20th annual Spelling Bee Spellebration. We aspired for the Spelling Bee to be successful for another 20 years and therefore took a one-year hiatus for event development.

2010 Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction featuring John Hart

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2010 Spelling Bee

Winner: The Spellbinders



2009 Author’s for Literacy Dinner and Silent Auction featuring Sara Gruen

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2009 Spelling Bee










2008, 1st Annual, Authors for Literacy – An Evening in Eastern Europe