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Literacy Partners: Food for Thought Luncheon

Jackie Weld Drake, Lauren Weisberger and Liz Smith
Photo by Martin Bentsen for MJB Home Rntertainment

Columnist Liz Smith
and Devil Wears Prada Author Lauren Weisberger Headline

Literacy Partners “Food for Thought” Luncheon
 to Raise Awareness of Adult Illiteracy



On October 5, Literacy Partners,
New York’s only accredited adult literacy program, kicked off their second annual Food for Thought Luncheon series.  The intimate event featured a Q&A
with Lauren Weisberger,
 bestselling author of
Last Night at Chateau Marmont
and The Devil Wears Prada, hosted by renowned columnist Liz Smith


Smith, an Honorary Chair of Literacy Partners, led a lively conversation with Weisberger discussing Weisberger’s writing methods, what it was like to
 have her well-known novel come to life on the “big screen,” impending motherhood and her love for New York.


During her colorful talk with Liz Smith,
 Weisberger explained, “During interviews, I can always tell who’s
Last Night at Chateau Marmont and who hasn’t.  When a host says, ‘After writing three books about New York, you’ve finally written about California,’
then I know they haven’t even opened the cover. 
I always reply, ‘Nope, sorry, this one is about New York City too!’” 


Literacy Partners other Honorary Chair, Jacqueline Weld Drake, is chairing the luncheons, all of which are being held at the legendary New York restaurant Le Cirque. 


Luncheon Committee members in attendance included Yanna Avis,
Barbara Bancroft
, Patricia Beard, Kathryn McGraw Berry, Jill Blanchard,
 Vera Blinken, Martha Bograd Barrett Frelinghuysen, Jacqueline M. Garrett, Sharon Handler, Lois Nasser, Molly Schaefer, Joan Steinberg, Adrienne Vittadini and Kristi Witker.


The event was also attended by Literacy Partners Chairman Mark Jackson,
Executive Director Susan McLean, and Board Members Peter Brown, John Josephson, Sharon King Hoge and
Parker Ladd. 


The women of, including Hilary Black and Joni Evans, lent support to the event.  Notable New Yorkers Coco Kopelman, MaryAnne Kristel, Enid Nemy and Peggy Siegal were also present at the luncheon.


The next Literacy Partners Food for Thought author event will take place on February 8, 2011, featuring Wally Lamb, author of The Hour I First Believed
and two Oprah’s Book Club picks: She’s Come Undone and
 I Know This Much Is True
 For ticket information, please
 visit  or call 646-237-0105.


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Press contact:  Christie High, (212) 871-3020, ext. 114


About Literacy Partners: 
 For over 35 years, Literacy Partners has helped thousands of New Yorkers learn
 the basic reading, writing and math skills needed to succeed in day-to-day living.  Through successful collaborations with major corporations, community
 partners and benefactors, Literacy Partners offers small, welcoming classes
taught by enthusiastic, highly trained volunteer tutors. 
 Literacy Partners is the only nationally accredited adult literacy
 program serving New York City. 
 For more information, visit 



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