1st Annual Book Lovers’ Brunch
Featuring Author Maggie Shipstead

More than 90 friends and fans of Bernie’s Book Bank enjoyed an elegant brunch, delicious drinks and an inspirational talk with bestselling author, Maggie Shipstead at the first Book Lovers Brunch, held on September 21, 2012.  Maggie, author of the bestselling novel, Seating Arrangements, flew all the way from California to speak. After reading a selection from her novel, she treated guests to a talk about her favorite children’s books and read selections from Charlotte’s Web, Harriet the Spy, the Harry Potter series, Bunnicula and Matilda, highlighting how important reading is to many of the characters’ lives.
She commented that children “who don’t have the opportunity to, like Matilda, read their way into mysterious corners of the larger world from their safety of their bedrooms or classrooms are at grave risk of living smaller lives than they otherwise might.” She  added, “To read as a child is to take part in a cycle of cultural fertilization that produces thoughtful, productive, creative, kind adults. That cycle is as small as the bags of books this wonderful organization gives to underprivileged kids, and as large as our collective future.”
We thank everyone who helped make this event so successful – our chairs and their fabulous committees, our sponsors, volunteers, author Maggie Shipstead and our attendees who had a great time supporting our mission!The first Book Lovers Brunch far exceeded our expectations and allowed us to expand our audience of supporters. We look forward to seeing you next year!

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