2017 A Celebration of Reading 


Please Call 713-467-2812 for ticket availability

Mark your calendars and make plans to join First Lady Barbara Bush, Neil and Maria Bush and other members of the Bush family on the evening of Thursday, April 20, 2017 for the 23rd annual A Celebration of Reading at the Hobby Center in Downtown Houston. This spectacular event, chaired by Neil and Maria Bush, is an intimate affair during which national and international bestselling authors bring their work to life on stage and notable performers provide premier entertainment. Following the program, guests have the opportunity to relax and converse with each other over dinner.

A Celebration of Reading is the signature event of the year in Houston, and you will not want to miss it. Proceeds from the event benefit the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

VIP Reception begins at 5:00 PM
Program starts promptly at 6:30 PM

For advanced information, please send inquiry to events@bushhoustonliteracy.org or call 713-467-2812.

2017 Author Line-Up


Bill Browder, Founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005. Since 2009, when his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, was murdered in prison after uncovering a $230 million fraud committed by Russian government officials, Browder has been leading a campaign to expose Russia’s endemic corruption and human rights abuses. His efforts led to the United States Congress passing the Magnitsky Act, as well as the European Parliament unanimously passing a resolution to impose sanctions on over 30 Russians complicit in the Magnitsky case. Browder’s book, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, a New York Times® bestseller, was released in 2015 and is based on his personal accounts of his campaign to expose corruption and how he found meaning in his life along the way. Browder holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Stanford Business School.


David Brooks is a Canadian-born American journalist, social analyst and leading political analyst. He currently serves as an op-ed columnist for The New York Times®, a commentator on PBS NewsHour, NPR’s All Things Considered, and NBC’s Meet the Press, and a professor at Yale University. Brooks has several best-selling books, including The Social Animal and On Paradise Drive. His latest book, The Road to Character focuses on deep values that should inform our lives. Blending psychology, politics, spirituality, and confessional, Brooks responds to what he calls the culture of the Big Me, which emphasizes external success, and challenges us, and himself, to rethink our priorities, and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth. Brooks grew up in New York City and in Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Chicago.

Sue grafton

Sue Grafton is an American author best known for her detective novels and ‘alphabet series’ beginning with A is for Alibi in 1982, and most recently, X. Her novels are international bestsellers with readership in the millions. Considered perhaps Grafton’s “darkest and most chilling novel”, X features detective Kinsey Millhone who is seeking to prove her case against a serial killer who leaves no trace of the crimes before she becomes his next victim. Grafton is a Louisville, Kentucky native and lives in Montecito, California, the basis for the fictional town of Santa Teresa in which the alphabet novels are set. Grafton began writing at 18 and finished her first novel just a few years later. After publishing two novels, she began writing screenplays for TV movies before developing the ideas for the alphabet novels. She and her husband Steven have three children and seven grandchildren.



Author alumni

Stephen Ambrose

Jean Auel

Susan Baker

David Baldacci

Rondé Barber

Tiki Barber

Dave Barry

Ted Bell

Michael Beschloss

Maeve Binchy

Cherie Blair

Eric Blehm

Barbara Taylor Bradford

James Bradley

Marc Brown

Sandra Brown

Jill Conner Browne

Christopher Buckley

Barbara Bush

George H. W. Bush

George W. Bush

Jeb Bush

Margaret Bush

Donovan Campbell

Stephen Carter

Carol Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark

Bill Clinton

Harlan Coben

Jackie Collins

Robin Cook

Patricia Cornwell

Kelly Corrigan

Michael Crichton

Deborah Crombie

Stanley Crouch 

Li Cunxin

Dominick Dunne

David Eagleman

Richard Paul Evans

David Feherty

Antwone Fisher

Marlin Fitzwater

Fannie Flagg

Karyn Frist

Elizabeth George

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Amy Grant

John Grisham

David Halberstam

Tami Hoag

Karen Hughes

Immaculée Ilibagiza

Walter Isaacson

A. J. Jacobs

P. D. James

Dan Jenkins

James Earl Jones

Jan Karon

Mary Karr

Baine Kerr, Jr.

Tracy Kidder

Greg Kincaid

Christina Baker Kline

Dorie Lawson

Jim Lehrer

Robert Ludlum

P.M. John Major

James McBride

Frank McCourt

David McCullough

Reba McEntire   

Larry McMurtry

Jon Meacham

Brad Meltzer

Mary Tyler Moore

Blake Mycoskie

Jim Nantz

Mary Neal

Bob Newhart

Chuck Norris

Susan Orlean

Dianna Ossana

James Patterson

Richard North Patterson

Nathaniel Philbrick

Julia Reed

Al Roker

Arnold Scaasi

Brent Scowcroft

Sidney Sheldon

Anita Shreve

Mark K. Shriver

Hugh Sidey

Daniel Silva

Alan Simpson

Lester Smith

Kathryn Stockett

Jennifer Thompson

Ronald Cotton

Brad Thor

Scott Turow

Ronan Tynan

Andrea White

Lawrence Wright