The Lee County Literacy Coalition will host award-winning author Karen Spears Zacharias as the guest speaker at its sixth Reading Between the Wines event on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Saugahatchee Country Club.

Karen Spears Zacharias is a Georgia-raised Gold Star daughter. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and on CNN, National Public Radio and Good Morning America. Her novel, "Mother of Rain" (2013), received the Weatherford Award for Best in Appalachian Fiction and was adapted for the stage and performed at Georgia's historic Springer Opera House.

Zacharias is a journalist who has written nine books across several genres. Her most recent work has been a fictional trilogy which includes Mother of Rain, Burdy, and the recently released Christian Bend (Mercer University Press, 2017). She and her husband divide their time between Oregon and Georgia.

Reading Between the Wines is a fundraising event that provides support for Lee County Literacy Coalition, a nonprofit organization and an agency of the United Way of East Alabama. Low literacy levels impact every important social issue. Between 13,000—14,000 adults in Lee County are functionally illiterate, and our mission is to help them learn to read, write, and use mathematics at a level necessary to succeed and thrive in society. We strive to empower people so they can change their lives.

Tickets to Reading Between the Wines are $65 and include a wine tasting, dinner, live music, and an author talk. Some of the author’s books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. A cash bar will also be available.

For more information, to be an event sponsor, or to reserve your tickets, please visit, call 705-0001, or email

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