“You’re always reading to get better,” said Kim Severson, Atlanta bureau chief for The New York Times, at Tuesday night’s Writers for Readers event. She was citing her method for improving as a reporter. But her comment echoed the theme of the evening – that reading is vital to interpersonal communications, necessary for holding down a job and crucial to one’s self-confidence. One in six adults in Orange County is functionally illiterate, and that’s why Severson, along with novelists Clyde Edgerton and Randall Kenan, gathered at Top of the Hill's Great Room for the Orange County Literacy Council fundraiser and a Q&A that was moderated by former Good Morning America anchor David Hartman. Now in its sixth year, the event sold out for the first time.
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