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Sip, Savor and Meet Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author Gilbert King At 12th Annual ‘Reading between the Wines’ Event April 17

Sip, Savor and Meet Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author Gilbert King At 12th Annual ‘Reading between the Wines’ Event April 17

Orlando Sentinel ‘Taking Names’ Columnist Scott Maxwell to Emcee Event

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 2019) – Pulitzer-Prize winning and best-selling author Gilbert King will headline the 12th annual “Reading between the Wines” Adult Literacy League (ALL) fundraiser April 17, 2018 from 6-9 p.m. The event at Orlando Science Center is presented by Bank of America.

The April fundraiser will welcome award-winning Orlando Sentinel “Taking Names” columnist Scott Maxwell as event emcee, and guests will hear from ALL students who’ve made remarkable strides toward reaching life goals.

Guests will enjoy a generous selection of food and wine offerings from top Central Florida restaurants and can participate in a silent auction featuring several high-value surprises.

King, who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction with his historic and suspenseful “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America,” recently published “Beneath a Ruthless Sun,” called “riveting” by the Washington Post and “remarkable” by The Christian Science Monitor. Both books tell gripping narratives of Florida crimes and injustices.

Before meeting King, guests can mix and mingle while enjoying savory and sweet tapas-sized noshes by top Orlando restaurants including Swine & Sons Provisions; 4Rivers Cantina Barbacoa; Old Hearth Bread Company; The Palm Restaurant; Buca di Beppo; plus Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant and Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen, both of Disney Springs. Several donors are providing wine, and beer is from Ravenous Brewing Co. Guests also can enter a raffle and bid on silent auction items that include everything from vacation and restaurant packages to signed books and entertainment-experience gift cards.

All event proceeds will support Adult Literacy League (ALL) programs and services designed to build a literate community. ALL provides one-to-one tutoring and classes to more than 3,000 adult learners and provides books and learning materials to more than 1,000 preschoolers and their families each year.

Tickets for the event are on sale now. Individual tickets are $99; a $750 Connoisseur’s Table includes four event tickets, a reserved cocktail table, two gift bottles of wine and recognition as a sponsor in the event program.

When the sipping, noshing and bidding wind down, guests can grab a seat to hear Maxwell moderate a sure-to-be-fascinating discussion with author King, who will sign books afterward.

Visit for more information. To purchase tickets to Reading between the Wines call 407/422-1540, ext. 112 or click on

The Adult Literacy League (ALL) was created by a group of dedicated volunteers in 1968 and, since then, has helped thousands of adults 18 and older gain employment and economic self-sufficiency through one-on-one tutoring and classes in reading, writing, math, computer skills and other key studies. ALL holds classes in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and its Family Literacy program teaches parents to become the first and most effective teacher in their children’s lives. When an adult cannot read, it is a detriment not only to the individual, but also to our community. ALL’s Reading between the Wines event was designed to raise awareness, funds and friend to change people’s lives through literacy. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please call Evelyn Lespinasse at 407-422-1540 ext. 112.

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