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Authors for Literacy in the media

The Literacy Council’s Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction with keynote speaker Barbara Kingsolver has been featured in multiple publications! Click below to read or view each feature.

Photo credit: Steven L. Hopp

Mountain XpressBarbara Kingsolver keynotes annual Authors for Literacy Dinner

WLOS Spotlight Carolina: Literacy Council of Buncombe County

The Laurel of Asheville: Barbara Kingsolver to Keynote Annual Literacy Council Dinner

Citizen Times: Kingsolver, coming to Asheville Nov. 29, captures paradigm shifts

DePauw University: Barbara Kingsolver ’77 to Keynote Literacy Fundraiser in NC

 

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Literacy Council Corporate Partners share “An Hour with Author Wayne Caldwell”

Author Wayne Caldwell keynoted an event for the Literacy Council's Corporate Partners Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

Locally acclaimed author Wayne Caldwell keynoted an event for the Literacy Council’s Corporate Partners Monday, Jan. 23 aimed to both inspire new strategies for working together and provide a special experience for current partners. 

Wayne Caldwell’s Teachers Inspired His Craft

Caldwell spoke about the early influences that provided him the impetus to not only learn to read, but to read great works of literature. These influences included his adoptive mother and many teachers in the Enka community. A high school teacher even encouraged him to “write the Great American novel.” Caldwell knows that she would be proud, as his novel, Cataloochee, is a 2013 James Still Award winner and a Southern Independent Bestseller Award winner. Caldwell attributed his success to the encouragement he received throughout his childhood.

The Literacy Council Can Support Local Businesses

Robert Foster, of Biltmore Farms Hotels, presented about how his company has partnered with the Literacy Council for the past two years. During this time, the Literacy Council has provided English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes at the DoubleTree Biltmore hotel for housekeeping employees. Robert shared stories of employees who had previously declined offers to move into higher positions because they were not confident enough in their English language skills. After spending time in ESOL classes, Robert now found the same employees approaching him more confidently and asking for new positions, in English! He found a way to encourage these employees to take the classes by lightening their workload the day they have class and providing lunch during class. Robert says he has seen such a benefit to his business that he plans to expand the program to other Biltmore Farms Hotels.

How Your Business Can Partner with the Literacy Council

A partnership between a corporation and the Literacy Council can be a critical step toward improving basic literacy and English language skills for employees or other contacts, which in turn improves employee retention, productivity, and promotability. Ultimately, adults with increased literacy and English language skills positively impact our local workforce, economy, and community.

To learn more about starting an on-site class or referring an employee in need of assistance, contact Ashley@litcouncil.com.

To learn more about how to support with the Literacy Council through your business, click here.

Special thanks to Malaprop’s Bookstore, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, Lenior Rhine University, Sierra Nevada, and Biltmore Wines for contributing to the event.

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Auction Item Sneak Peek

Auction item preview - Compelled-Dangelo

Broken Road Studio artist and owner Phil DeAngelo has contributed to the Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction for the last five years. “Compelled,” featured here, is one of nearly 100 items that will be up for bidding to raise funds for Literacy Council programs at the 2016 Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction featuring Wiley Cash.

Phil and his wife Tina are further supporting the Literacy Council this week at The Wedge Studios art series, The Visual Word. Twenty three Wedge artists have been paired with local and nationally acclaimed poets to create a stimulating new show. A percentage of proceeds collected from sales will go to the Literacy Council of Buncombe County. This will be the Wedge Studios second in a series of themed shows which opens August 11th, 2016. In a building that turns 100 years old this year, The Wedge Studios has become one of the premier stops in the River Arts District. As the district grows, the artists of The Wedge continue to celebrate and showcase the talent of their building.


The Poem & The Picture Opening Reception
When: August 11th, 2016 5 – 7:30 pm
Where: Broken Road Studio & Hofman Studios (111 – 115 Roberts Street, Asheville)
Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Preview Additional Auction Items

Regardless of personal tastes or styles, Authors for Literacy guests will find something to pique their interest at the 2016 silent auction. 

Travel

A seven night vacation from RTX  Travel and Xchange

Dining

Metro Wines tasting for eight

Entertainment

Two tickets to Flat Rock Playhouse 2016/2017

Experiences

Two one-day passes to Dollywood

Literature

Authors for Literacy Package with an autographed book by every Authors for Literacy featured author

Fine Art

“Miracles #32” by Jonas Gerard

Wearable Art

Poshaq scarf  and Leni Hoch bias cut scarf from Bellagio

Functional Art

Ceramic bacon cooker from the New Morning Gallery

 

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Preview Videos of the Cash Brothers, Authors for Literacy Keynote & Emcee

Cash Brothers

 

Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction

featuring New York Times bestselling author

Wiley Cash

October 14, 2016 | 6-9pm | Renaissance Asheville Hotel

Author of best selling novels A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy, Authors for Literacy keynote speaker Wiley Cash writes (and speaks) with a North Carolinian perspective. Watch below as Wiley showcases his alma mater, the University of North Carolina-Asheville, after publishing A Land More Kind Than Home.


Cash’s brother, comedian Cliff Cash, will emcee the event

A rising star on the comedy circuit, Cliff Cash finds the innate humor in Southern culture. Watch Wiley Cash taking questions from readers with a little help from his younger brother, Cliff below.

 

Purchase tickets online

Click here to learn more about the event and purchase tickets today!

 

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