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Matthew McConaughey Jumps Into Barbara Bush’s Celebration of Reading — With Plenty of Texas Flair

By Shelby Hodge, PaperCity

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The homespun wisdom of Matthew McConaughey will warm the night of April 29 when the Austin-based actor joins the 27th annual A Celebration of Reading” author lineup. Although it will be a pre-recorded interview with a KPRC Channel 2 news anchor, the presentation alone is sure to be worth the price of admission.

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The Oscar-winning actor’s book Greenlights is filled with astute insights and observations garnered from his life experiences, presented with levity on some pages, sobriety on others. There are lessons learned and universal truths embraced.

This New York Timesinterview with McConaughey on his tome will surely entice book lovers to join the fundraiser for the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. The added beauty of viewing his presentation as opposed to reading an interview is McConaughey’s endearing Texas twang.

There are two options for top sponsors supporting the foundation and enjoying the evening — in person at Houston’s Post Oak Hotel with dinner or watching the program at home with access to a private Livestream.

Sponsorships for the event, including access to view the program via Livestream, are available for purchase on the foundation’s website.

No one will be left out as KPRC, the foundation’s media partner, will film the event and broadcast a one-hour, commercial-free version of the program in Houston in early May.

Scheduled to join McConaughey, though in person, are former President George W. Bush, Mark Sullivan, and husband/​wife duo Peter Baker and Susan Glasser.

Bush is the author of three No. 1 bestsellers and his fourth book, Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants, to be released on April 20, features the stories of 43, which exemplify the promise of America.

Houston-area natives and finalists on Season 19 of NBC’s The Voice, John Holiday and Desz, will perform together for the first time in a grand finale performance.