I’ve been incredibly fortunate to be involved with an event in the Dallas area for the past decade called Buns & Roses. The event raises money for the Richardson Adult Literacy Center, a resource in North Texas for those who are seeking literacy skills or the ability to read, write and speak English as a second language.
For several years I attended as a reader and then about 6 years ago I was privileged to be invited as an author host. The event is a lot of fun – we have a tea, a keynote speaker (Tessa Dare was this year’s keynote and she was amazing!) and then a book signing. All proceeds from the event go to literacy (including this gorgeous quilt that was part of a silent auction at the event).
As someone who has loved books since before I could read, I know the joy to be found in the pages of a book. It’s such an amazing thing to sit in a room with about 300 other readers, raising money so we can help others find the same joy.
I’m reminded of this every year but it bears repeating. Reading is a gift. And while it so often provides a pleasurable escape for a few hours time, the ability to read provides so much more. Understanding. Education. An ability to function in the world around you.
Reading is a gift in my life I’m deeply grateful for. What an honor it is to hopefully have contributed in some small way so others may experience that same joy.
Thanks for joining me today!
Despite early ambitions of being a diver, a drummer or a doctor, Addison Fox happily discovered she was more suited to life as a writer. She lives in Dallas and - thankfully - doesn't have to operate on anyone. You can find her at her home on the web at www.addisonfox.com. Her latest book, THE PROFESSIONAL, will be out October 6th from Harlequin Romantic Suspense. You can visit her at her website at www.addisonfox.com