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Gift of Literacy Luncheon

Post Date:03/08/2018 5:18 p.m.

Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy presents the eleventh annual Gift of Literacy Author Luncheon on Friday, May 18 at 11 a.m. at The Pacific Club, 4111 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach.

The luncheon will feature guest speaker, author Janelle Brown, bestselling author of the novels “Watch Me Disappear,” “All We Ever Wanted Was Everything,” and “This Is Where We Live.”

An essayist and journalist, Brown’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Elle, Wired, Self, RealSimple, Lenny, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications. Her riveting new novel, “Watch Me Disappear” is a suspenseful page-turner that captures a family’s search for answers after the disappearance of a beautiful, charismatic mother.

Brown began her career as a staff writer at Wired during the dotcom boom years, working on seminal Web sites like HotWired and Wired News. In the 1990’s, she was also the editor and co-founder of Maxi, an irreverent (and now, long-gone) women’s pop culture Webzine.

Tickets for the luncheon are $95 per person and include a copy of the book “Watch Me Disappear.”  The event will also include a silent auction and raffle as well as an opportunity for additional book purchases and signing. Tickets can be purchased online at Proceeds from the event help fund the Newport Beach Public Library Literacy Services (Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy) program, which serves over 200 adult learners annually with free literacy instruction. The program offers one-on-one tutoring, writing workshops, conversation classes and other programs designed to develop the literacy skills of adults and empower them to achieve greater success in their lives – at home, at work, and in the community.

For more information, contact Literacy Services at 949-717-3874 or email

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