Spring for Literacy Luncheon



Nationally acclaimed author Lee Smith will be the keynote speaker at Chatham Literacy’s 7th annual Spring for Literacy Luncheon.

lee-smithSmith_Dimestore_HC_jkt_FINAL_PRNT_REV.inddThe event will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at Governors Club in northern Chatham County. Those who attend also will have a chance to win one of two prize packages donated by Governors Club, each for a round of golf for two people with a cart.

All proceeds from the luncheon directly fund Chatham Literacy’s free individual and small-group instruction for adult learners.

Lee Smith is always a fascinating and funny speaker, and she promises to share stories from her latest book, “Dimestore: A Writer’s Life.” That memoir tells her heartwarming story of growing up in the small coal-mining town of Grundy, Virginia, becoming a writer and raising her own family in North Carolina. Reviewers from dozens of major publications have praised “Dimestore,” and People Magazine chose it as a Book of the Week.

Ms. Smith began writing stories at the age of nine and selling them for a nickel apiece. Since then, in addition to her memoir, she has written 17 works of fiction including “Fair and Tender Ladies,” “The Last Girls” and “Guests on Earth.” She has received numerous awards, including the North Carolina Award for Literature, an Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, and the Robert Penn Warren Prize for Fiction.  She lives in Hillsborough with her husband, the writer Hal Crowther.

Ms. Smith also has years of experience in adult literacy education through her teaching at The Hindman Settlement School in Eastern Kentucky. “It was one of the most meaningful periods of my life,” she said.

In fact, one of the essays in “Dimestore” is her recollection about retired coal miner Connell Polly, who did not learn to read until his 60s. No one except his wife knew he couldn’t read – not even his children. Ms. Smith gave him his first lessons at the local Bojangles, because he didn’t want to be found out. The story about how he was finally moved to seek education is touching.

The Spring for Literacy Luncheon is an important annual fundraising and awareness raising event for Chatham Literacy. Chatham Literacy provides free tutoring to adults in reading, writing, English for Speakers of Other Languages and workforce soft skills, as well as citizenship and GED preparation.

Tickets for Spring for Literacy are $100 per person, $79 of which is a tax-deductible donation to Chatham Literacy. Register now online or by calling 919-542-6424.  Please join us!

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