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Authors for Education

Author's for Education | Gresham Barlow Education FoundationWhat a novel idea! Every year the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation sponsors a local author to speak on the process of writing and the importance of literacy.

This lively event has enjoyed a variety of authors including Phillip Margolin, Jean Auel, Ann Rule and Jane Kirkpatrick. Each author has shared their process of researching, writing, editing and editing some more with our audience.

Last year’s author was Ruth Wariner, author of The Sound of Gravel.  Ruth’s inspiring story and her realization that education was the only way out of a lifetime of dependence on public assistance will fascinate every audience member.

Ruth Wariner was born her mother’s fourth child and her father’s thirty-ninth. The Sound of Gravel is her first memoir: a coming-of-age story set in a belief system so fanatical that life beyond its clutches seems impossible to imagine—until Ruth realizes it would be more impossible to stay. The path she chooses is an affirmation of her mother’s limitless love; and the bond she forges with her sisters one fateful night propels them toward a new life that will leave readers awed and inspired.

GBEF has supported literacy in the district since its inception. Funding has included additional staff to help struggling readers, innovative reading curriculum, and most recently, the creation and enrichment of a district-wide eLibrary. The eLibrary allows students to ready on any web-enabled device anytime, anywhere.







We are in the process of finding this year’s guest speaker.  If you know  a local author who would inspire, entertain and remind us of why we love to read, please contact the GBEF.