Authors converge to raise funds for literacy

November 04, 1999|By SUN STAFF

Daniel Mark Epstein, biographer of Nat King Cole, will be one of about 60 authors appearing Sunday at Book Bash '99, an annual fund-raiser for Baltimore County literacy programs.

Book Bash '99 takes place from 6 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. at the Bibelot bookstore in Festival at Woodholme, 1819 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. Tickets cost $40 per person in advance, $50 at the door.

Diane Rehm, public radio talk-show host and author of "Finding My Voice," is honorary author chairwoman of the event. She will appear at a $150-per-person reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for Book Bash '99 and the reception may be ordered by calling 410-887-2001.

Proceeds from ticket sales and an auction and 10 percent of Bibelot's sales at Book Bash '99 will go to Literacy Works Inc., a nonprofit umbrella organization that coordinates, promotes and supports adult literacy services in Baltimore County.

Other authors scheduled to appear include Rafael Alvarez, Jennifer Appel, Charles Belfoure, Mark Bowden, Leo Bretholz, Christopher Buckley, Laura Claridge, Dudley Clendenin, Jane Leslier Conly, Stephen Coonts, David Corn, Stephen Dixon, Norrie Epstein, Dan Fesperman, Roland Flint, Jonathan Scott Fuqua, Twig George, Hope Karan Gerecht, Jean Gralley, Gloria Kaufer Greene, Judith Grossman, Vigen Guroian, Mary Ellen Hayward, Lee Meyerhoff Hendler, Christopher Hitchens, Adele V. Holden, Reed Karaim, Rochelle Krich, Dennis Lehane, Niki Leopold and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia.

Also: Laura Lippman, Thom Loverro, Sujata Massey, Claire Messud, Fred Miller, Magnus Mills, Jerdine Nolen, Patrick O'Brien, Michael Olesker, Kevin O'Malley, Jeffery Paine, Ted Patterson, Lee Posey, Jim Proimos, Frederick Reuss, Gus Russo, Martha Frick Symington Sanger, Ron Shapiro, John Shields, Charles Slack, Bert Smith, Anthea Smith, Burt Solomon, Elizabeth Spires, Eric Treuille, Jane Vandenburg, Stephen Vicchio, Christopher Weeks, Henry Weincek, Blair Walker and Ellen Young.

Book Bash '98 raised $74,000 for Literacy Works.

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