ProLiteracy to Participate in Best-Selling Author Nora Roberts’ Event
ProLiteracy President and CEO David C. Harvey is pleased to represent the staff and board of ProLiteracy at the Read Always & Shine event presented by the Inn Boonsboro on the Square in Boonsboro, Maryland, on October 22.
The event, featuring silent and live auctions of artwork by celebrated local artists and jewelry from New York Times best-selling author Nora Roberts’ personal collection, will benefit the Washington County Free Library Rebuild and ProLiteracy.
Read Always & Shinetakes its cue from the title of Roberts’ upcoming release, The Next Always(Berkley Trade), the first book in a trilogy set in Boonsboro, Maryland. An online auction will be held inconjunction with the live event to give Roberts’ many loyal readers a chance to bid on pieces she has worn and loved.
The Read Always & Shine Auction is an invitation-only event. More information about the online auctioncan be found at www.nrauction.org. Bidding on the online auction starts at noon on October 16 and closes at noon on October 22.
The Washington County Free Library Rebuild fund is earmarked to nearly double the size of the central library in Hagerstown, Maryland. The planned renovation includes the addition of an outdoor event venue and expanded areas for children, teens, and adults, as well as 40 public computer stations.
Roberts has lived in Washington County, Maryland, for nearly 40 years. Her family has roots in and around Boonsboro where her husband, Bruce Wilder, owns Turn the Page Bookstore and her son owns Vesta Family Restaurant as well as the soon to be opened Dan’s Restaurant and Tap House. For more than a decade, the Nora Roberts Foundation has supported charities for women, children, and literacy throughout Maryland and is a generous supporter of ProLiteracy.
“For an author, libraries and literacy go hand in hand,” said Roberts. “As a lifelong reader myself, I cannot imagine not being able to pick up a book and dive into a story. And when I started out, the library was the source of all my research. I would use the reference sections—even in the children’s room—when Ibrought my sons to the library.
“I hope that the Read Always & Shine event will bring these two compelling efforts to greater public attention,” Roberts added.
More than 60 pieces of jewelry from Roberts’ collection will be available for the online and live auctions. They reflect a distinctive style running the gamut from delicate strands to wide bands of gold and silver, from pendants that speak of summer to a ruby bracelet that fits a wintry mood. Always one to mix and match the jewelry she wears, these cherished pieces chosen personally by Roberts will go perfectly with any style of clothing from formal evening to casual outings.To add to the excitement, one of Roberts’ favorite jewelers, Peachtree on Fifth of New York City, has donated a piece, “The Next Always” pendant.
Inn Boonsboro will be the backdrop for the artwork auctioned off at the Read Always & Shine auction.Since the Inn opened in February 2009, there has been a steady, thematic rotation of art by artists with tiesto western Maryland. Curated by Kathryn Burns, owner of the Bridge Gallery in Shepherdstown, WestVirginia, the art displayed shows a lively sensibility and affinity for the building’s history brought tovivid life.
NatomaVargason, manager of Gifts Inn Boonsboro, chose the art for Read Always & Shine specificallyto fit the theme of the evening. Artists donating their work include: Jeff Kollins, Tony and JonnaMendez, Michael Douglas Jones, Michael Hauver, David Zimmerman, Ralph Basford, Benita Keller,Frank Herrera, R. Benjamin Jones, Mark Muse and Walter Bartman.