Past Events

Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction.

Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction.

The Literacy Council’s largest annual event is the Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction. This event features a presentation by a New York Times best selling author, cocktail hour, silent auction, three-course dinner, and book signing. Taking place each fall, over 400 people attend this inspirational event. Featured authors have included:
  • Barbara Kingsolver, 2018
  • Ann Patchett, 2017
  • Wiley Cash, 2016
  • David Baldacci, 2015
  • James Patterson, 2014
  • Charles Frazier & Brian Lee Knopp, 2013
  • Jill Conner Browne, 2012
  • Ron Rash, 2011
  • John Hart, 2010
  • Sara Gruen, 2009
  • Elizabeth Kostova, 2008
Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver

2018
Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett

2017
Wiley Cash

Wiley Cash

2016
David Baldacci

David Baldacci

2015
James Patterson

James Patterson

2014
Photo Credit: David Burnett
Charles Frazier

Charles Frazier

2013
Photo Credit: Greg Martin
Jill Conner Browne

Jill Conner Browne

2012
Ron Rash

Ron Rash

2011
John Hart

John Hart

2010
Sara Gruen

Sara Gruen

2009
Elizabeth Kostova

Elizabeth Kostova

2008

Adult Spelling Bee

Adult Spelling Bee

The Literacy Council’s spring fundraising event is the adult Spelling Bee. This isn’t your average spelling bee! It has a 25-year history in Asheville, and each year features a different theme. Teams of three adults each are fielded by local businesses, book clubs, media outlets, and neighborhoods. The competition is fierce, spirited and outrageous. Audience members cheer on their favorite teams and enjoy the show, complete with a comedian emcee. Prizes are awarded to all spellers and select audience members.

Some of the previous themes and winners:
  • 2019 Beauty and the Bee – The Spelling Beasts – Soomo Learning
  • 2018 Don’t Worry, Bee Happy – The Buzz Killz – Malaprops Bookstore & Cafe
  • 2017 To Bee or Not to Bee – Just Deserts – Pack Memorial Library
  • 2016 The Queen Bee – The Diadasias – Warren Wilson College
  • 2015 You Won’t Bee-lieve It! – The Diadasias – Warren Wilson College
  • 2014 Bee in Harmony – Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe
  • Event Spellingbee Winners
    Event Spellingbee Team
    Event Spellingbee David