Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction 2019

New York Times bestselling author Daniel Wallace to keynote the Literacy Council’s 12th Annual Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction

Friday October 25, 2019
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center

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Daniel Wallace is the author of six novels: Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions, Ray in Reverse, The Watermelon King, Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, The Kings and Queens of Roam, and most recently Extraordinary AdventuresBig Fish was adapted and released as a major feature film directed by Tim Burton and starring Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney. It became a Broadway musical in 2013. Wallace also wrote and illustrated The Cat’s Pajamas, a children’s book published in 2014. His novels have been translated into over three dozen languages.

Daniel Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his alma mater, where he directs the Creative Writing Program. A native of Alabama, Wallace was awarded the 2019 Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year.

Daniel Wallace is one of those rare, wonderful writers who makes it look easy. You find yourself chortling and sometimes laughing aloud as you breeze through his novels, which makes it possible to overlook the artistry and expertise that render his characters so vivid and his plots so engaging.
NY Times Review of Daniel Wallace’s new book – Extraordinary Adventures 

About the event

The Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction will begin with a cocktail hour and silent auction to include distinctive art and crafts, autographed and rare books, and priceless opportunities to enjoy excursions in Asheville and beyond. Following the cocktail hour, event guests will enjoy a three-course dinner and presentation by a current Literacy Council student. Our featured author will then give the keynote presentation. Autographed books will be for sale. Book sales will be managed by Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café.

Event guests may upgrade tickets in order to attend a VIP reception with Daniel Wallace just prior to the event. This reception will include the opportunity to spend one-on-one time taking pictures and talking with the author, as well as enjoy hors d’oeuvres.

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Some of this year’s auction item donors:

360 Adventure Collective
Alleman Law Firm
Amolia Willowsong
Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours
Atlanta Personal Property Appraisers
Biltmore Estate
BlackBird Frame & Art
Club Pilates Asheville
Mary Costello
Phil DeAngleo Studio
Downtown Books & News
Stephen Forbes-de-Soule
Mark Gardner – Southern Highland Craft Guild
Barbara Gerber
Hands On
The Hop
Jewels That Dance
Robert Kline
Lake Logan Conference Center
Lexington Glassworks
Leolon McLeod
Martha Madden Design Studio
NC Arboretum
Optical Wonders/Marshall Fisher
Ruth & Ranshaw
Sante Wine Bar
Mike Sena
Togar Rugs
UNCA Bulldogs

more to come…

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