“Books are a uniquely portable magic,” Stephen King once said. And J.K. Rowling once said “I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a book.”
With that in mind, Literacy Chicago organizes Voices of Literacy, a year-long readers series and literary happy hour hosted monthly via Zoom.
On the last Wednesday of every month, from 6 - 7 p.m., 4 or 5 authors, and other prominent people who enjoy reading, share a passage from one of their favorite books. In addition, audience members get the chance to chat with the authors and readers afterwards and win autographed copies of the books being read.
“Through this series, Literacy Chicago is promoting the importance of the ability to read and write not just to survive, but to thrive and share stories and ideas,” says Joanne Telser-Frere, Director of Program Development for Literacy Chicago.
April 28’s lineup includes: Univision Chicago reporter Rosario Dominguez reading from ‘What on Earth Am I Here For?’ by Rick Warren
Novelist Jennie Fields reading from her book, ‘Atomic Love’
Author Melissa Wilson reading from ‘Editor of Genius’ by Max Perkins
Author Ted Van Alst reading from his book, ‘Sacred Smoke’
Author Ann Patchett reading from her book, ‘Commonwealth’
Future Voices of Literacy dates are May 26, June 30, July 28.
Established in 1968 Literacy Chicago has empowered thousands of adults to achieve greater self sufficiency through language and literacy instruction. The organization offers a broad range of programs including Basic Literacy, GED preparation, English as a Second Language, Workforce Development, Citizenship classes, and most recently Digital Literacy.