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Barbara Bush’s A Celebration of Reading Returns for 28th Year

The gala will be held on April 21 and features five bestselling authors.

By Ile-Ife Okantah February 21, 2022

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The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation has announced that its 28th annual charity event, A Celebration of Reading, will take place Thursday, April 21, and features five New York Times bestselling authors.

The fundraising gala will help to continue the mission of the former First Lady and wife of George H. W. Bush, who made family literacy one of her official causes during her husband’s tenure in the White House. 

After the birth of their first child, future president George W. Bush, the Bushes moved to Houston where George H. W. Bush began his political career. After Bush's time in the White House ended in 1993, they returned to Houston. The Bayou City memorialized the legacy of the Bush family matriarch with the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza.

The literacy foundation was founded on the basis of a famous Barbara Bush saying: “If you help a person to read, then their opportunities in life will be endless.” 

Joining the event will be Barbara Bush’s granddaughters, TODAY show co-host Jenna Bush Hager and her twin sister, Barbara Pierce Bush. The sisters will share Bush family stories and discuss their upcoming book, The Superpower Sisterhood, which debuts two days before the charity event.

The Superpower Sisterhood is a children’s book that celebrates friendship and sisterhood through a group of girls who form a club and use their special skills to help out their neighbors. The Bush twins are co-authors of #1 New York Times bestsellers Sisters First and Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life

Also among the speakers are authors Alafair Burke, Brad Meltzer, and former Texas A&M professor Dr. Rick Rigsby. Meltzer, as part of the research for the novel The Inner Circle, was given a copy of the letter George H.W. Bush left for Bill Clinton when he was moving out of the White House. 

A Celebration of Reading will be held at The Post Oak Hotel, at Uptown Houston, and is hosted by Neil and Martha Bush, co-founders of The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. 

For more information on tickets, speakers and sponsors, visit here.

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