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Release Date: 01/23/2013

John Wood gives illustrated talk on 'Creating Room to Read' Feb. 19 at The Seattle Public Library

"Creating Room to Read"

John Wood will give an illustrated talk about his book, "Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy," from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.


Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $5 after 5 p.m.


"Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy" tells the inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive's quest to build libraries and promote education around the world.


In 1999 at age 35, Wood left a lucrative career at Microsoft to found Room to Read, an award-winning nonprofit that promotes education, gender equality and literacy worldwide. Wood's first book, "Leaving Microsoft to Change the World," tells the story of Room to Read's beginning and the lessons he brought from the corporate world to the nonprofit sector.


This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, and media sponsor The Seattle Times. It is presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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