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Wiley Cash to keynote 2016 Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction

New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash will keynote the Literacy Council of Buncombe County’s 9th Annual Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction on October 14, 2016. Cash will be joined by his brother Cliff Cash, a comedian who will emcee the event.

Wiley Cash’s debut novel, A Land More Kind Than Home, was a New York Times bestseller. His second bestseller, This Dark Road to Mercy, was an O Magazine Top Ten Title. His stories have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Roanoke Review, and The Carolina Quarterly.

“Wiley Cash is an important advocate for literacy in the South,” said Ashley Lasher, the Literacy Council of Buncombe County’s Executive Director. “Over the past five years, he has donated thousands of dollars to literacy councils across North and South Carolina. He does a beautiful job of weaving the issue and student stories into each of his readings. Our event guests will be both entertained and inspired by Wiley.”

A rising star on the comedy circuit, event emcee Cliff Cash is quickly climbing the ranks and was chosen as one of 30 semifinalists nationwide in Comedy Central’s UpNext competition/talent search. Cliff Cash finds absurdities in everyday culture, media, politics and dogma. He draws unique comparisons with a new twist to stand up.

The Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction featuring Wiley Cash will begin with a cocktail hour and silent auction to include distinctive art and crafts, autographed and rare books, and priceless opportunities to enjoy excursions in Asheville and beyond. Following the cocktail hour, event guests will enjoy a three-course dinner and presentation by a current Literacy Council student. Wiley Cash will then give the keynote presentation and autograph guests’ books. Book sales will be managed by Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café.

Event guests may upgrade tickets in order to attend a VIP reception with Wiley and Cliff Cash. This reception will include the opportunity to spend one-on-one time taking pictures and talking with the keynote and emcee, as well as enjoy hors d’oeuvres overlooking downtown Asheville.

Proceeds from the Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction will benefit the Literacy Council’s programs, which provide comprehensive literacy and English language skills to 350 students and 400 book recipients in Buncombe County annually. The Literacy Council gives opportunities to people who don’t believe they have a second chance to learn. Literacy and English language skills are tools that help people rise out of poverty and get better-paying jobs to support their families. Literacy allows parents to read to their children. Improved literacy skills benefit not only the struggling reader, but everyone in our community regardless of age, race, gender, or background.

Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction Event Details: 

 Friday October 14, 2016 from 6-9:00 at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel

 General admission tickets: $75.00

 VIP passes: $500 for two (limited number available), includes a meet and greet with the author

 To purchase tickets online www.litcouncil.com or call LuAnn Arena at (828) 254-3442 x206 for more information or to purchase tickets by phone.

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