On February 8, Literacy
Partners, New York’s only nationally
accredited adult literacy program, held the second luncheon
annual Food for Thought series. The intimate event
presentation by Wally Lamb, bestselling author of
The Hour I First Believed and
Book Club picks,
She’s Come Undone,
and I Know This Much Is True. Literacy
Partners Honorary Chair Jacqueline Weld Drake hosted
the insightful and often poignant Q&A.
During their conversation, Lamb
discussed the impact that
running a writing workshop at the York Correctional Institution,
Connecticut's only maximum-security prison for women,
has had on his life. Lamb even shared a short excerpt of
one of his student’s stories. He and Weld Drake also
the recent shooting in Tucson, Arizona – a topic close to Lamb,
as his most recent novel, The Hour I First Believed,
a fictionalized account of the Columbine High School
Weld Drake also spoke with Lamb
about his writing process,
how he handled overnight fame, and his reaction to an
phone call from Oprah Winfrey. Lamb recalled his
with Winfrey about the impact reading had on her life.
“In 1992, she called and thanked
me for writing She’s Come Undone,
“Lamb explained. “Oprah told me that reading basically saved
during a rough childhood.” Five years later, Winfrey called again,
requesting to feature his novel in her then newly formed
“Oprah’s Book Club” segment. In 1998, Lamb’s book
I Know This Much Is True was his second book featured on the show.
During his interview with Drake,
“When the universe gives you a gift, you want to give
something back. That’s why when a group like Literacy
I’m here; to try and even things up for the people who
the same chances I have.”
Literacy Partners Honorary Chair
Jacqueline Weld Drake
is chairing the luncheons, all of which are being held at
legendary New York restaurant Le Cirque.
Luncheon Committee members in
Alexandra Anderson, Martha Bograd, Patricia Beard Braga,
Ellie Cullman, Barrett Frelinghuysen, Jacqueline M. Garrett,
Sharon King Hoge, Lois Nasser, Marjorie Reed, Susan W.
Rotenstreich, Betty Sargent, Molly Schaefer, Anne Sitrick,
Joan S. Steinberg, and Stephanie Stokes.
The event was also attended by
Literacy Partners Chairman
Mark Jackson, Executive Director Susan McLean,
Board Members Peter Brown, Sharon King Hoge,
Katharine Raymond. Notable New Yorkers
Catherine Cahill, Cristina Grassi, and Coco Kopelman
were also present at the luncheon.
The next Literacy Partners
Food for Thought author event
will take place on April 6, 2011, featuring Tracey
screenwriter for films such as Confessions of a
and now author of the forthcoming Between a Rock and a Hot Place:
Why Fifty Is Not the New Thirty.
information, please visit
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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