Hundreds of romance writers gather at the annual Readers for Life autographing to campaign for literacy

Hundreds of romance writers gather at the annual Readers for Life autographing to campaign for literacy

Houston — Romance Writers of America (RWA) invites romance readers to attend the 2017 Readers for Life Literacy Autographing on Saturday, July 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Walt Disney World® Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. More than 400 romance authors, including Sylvia Day, Brenda Jackson, and Sherrilyn Kenyon, will meet with and sign books for fans.

In 2016, RWA, the trade association for romance writers, reached its goal to hit the million-dollar mark in donations to literacy organizations. Since 1990, the organization has raised a total of $1,011,023, in support of adult literacy programs and with this year’s annual Readers for Life Literacy Autographing event, begins work on its next million.

“For 27 years, RWA has brought together authors, publishers, and readers at our Literacy Autographing to support a cause dear to our hearts—increasing adult literacy. We’re proud to have reached our goal of one million dollars in donation last year,” Allison Kelley, executive director of RWA, says. “But the fight does not end there, and we look forward to reaching more milestones in the years to come.”

Thousands of books donated from publishers and authors for the event will be available for readers to purchase during the public event tied to the annual RWA national conference. Each year, the event raises thousands of dollars for ProLiteracy Worldwide, a non-profit educational corporation, to help fund literacy programs on a local and national level.

“There are 36 million adults in the United States who lack basic education and literacy skills. For adult students, literacy is the key to higher learning and a window to the world,” says Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “Over the years, RWA’s donations to ProLiteracy have helped break the cycle of poverty, elevate workforce skills, and improve the quality of life for adults worldwide.”

One hundred percent of proceeds from book sales at the Readers for Life Literacy Autographing benefit ProLiteracy Worldwide and the Florida Literacy Coalition, helping these groups create lifelong readers. This year, autographing attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a giveaway sponsored by ProLiteracy for a chance to win two round-trip Southwest Airlines tickets.

Information about the event and a list of participating authors is available at