Literacy Signing Day at RWA Nationals

Meda White

I was privileged to be born into my family. Having educated parents gave me the opportunity to get an education. I never considered that others didn’t have the same opportunities I did until I met a wonderful woman and author named Mina Khan.
Mina told me how lucky she was to be able to read, having grown up in Bangladesh. The CIA Fact Book says that the literacy rate in that country is currently 56.8% for the total population. Mina also informed me that females have lower literacy rates than males and the figures from the website reflect that truth.

In honor of her parents, who saw education as a priority, Mina donates fifty percent of proceeds from the sale of her book A Tale of Two Djinns to UNICEF which promotes basic education and gender equality for children around the world. I highly recommend Mina’s other books too: The Djinn’s Dilemma and Dead: A Ghost Story.

The problem of illiteracy is also closer to home than many of us realize. According to The National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 30 million Americans need literacy help. The ability to read and write has an impact on socioeconomics in the US and globally. The more literate a society is, the less poverty, disease, and crime they have.

Romance Writers of America will host a book signing, also known as Literacy Autographing, on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atrium Ballroom A–C (Atrium level). There will be over four hundred authors signing their books. Proceeds from book sales will go to ProLiteracy Worldwide, Literacy Action, Inc., and Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta.

If you’re not in the Atlanta area and cannot make it to the Literacy Autographing, you can click on the links above for the organizations and donate online. If you’re interested in improving yourself or the world around you, I encourage you to consider giving. If you don’t have money to give, you can volunteer your time to help others learn to read and write in your community. Remember that someone somewhere sacrificed something so you could read this blog post. Happy Reading!

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