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Thank you to those who purchased tickets. We’ll see you on October 26!

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Reading Between the Wines 2023

Thursday, October 26 | 6-9 p.m.
Winter Park Events Center


  • Incredible Auction Items

    Bid on an array of exciting auction items, from theme park tickets to gift baskets to local eats packages. 100% of proceeds are used to support adult literacy!

  • An Unforgettable Program

    Enjoy a special presentation by ALL’s students, staff and volunteers, and a Q&A with New York Times Best Selling Authors Kristen Arnett, Colleen Oakley, Sarah Penner and Jeneva Rose.

  • Tasty Bites

    Savor irresistible bites from restauranteurs across Central Florida including Black Rooster Taqueria, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen, Raglan Road, Everglazed Donuts, Hungry Pants and Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream. Wash it all down with a variety of fine wines and craft beers!

Kristen Arnett is the queer author of With Teeth: A Novel (Riverhead Books, 2021) which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in fiction and the New York Times bestselling debut novel Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, 2019) which was also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in fiction and was shortlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. She was awarded a Shearing Fellowship at Black Mountain Institute, has held residencies at Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, the Millay Colony, and the Key West Literary Seminar (upcoming 2024), and was longlisted for the Joyce Carol Oates Prize recognizing mid-career writers of fiction. Her work has appeared at The New York Times, TIME, The Cut, Oprah Magazine, Guernica, Buzzfeed, McSweeneys, PBS Newshour, The Guardian, Salon, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. Her next novel, CLOWN, will be published by Riverhead Books (Penguin Random House), followed by the publication of an untitled collection of short stories. She has a Masters in Library and Information Science from Florida State University and lives in Orlando, Florida.

Colleen Oakley is the USA Today bestselling author of five novels including THE INVISIBLE HUSBAND OF FRICK ISLAND and YOU WERE THERE TOO. Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages around the world, lauded by numerous outlets including People Magazine, Us Weekly, Library Journal, and Real Simple, and won multiple awards including Georgia Author of the Year. Her fifth novel THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF TANNER & LOUISE will be published by Berkley/Penguin in March 2023. A former magazine editor for Women’s Health & Fitness and Marie Claire, Colleen lives in Atlanta with her husband, four children, three chickens, and a mutt named Baxter. Learn more at

Sarah Penner is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary which will be translated into forty languages worldwide and is set to be turned into a drama series by Fox. Sarah spent thirteen years in corporate finance and now writes full-time. She and her husband live in Florida.

Jeneva Rose is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including the million-copy bestselling thriller, The Perfect Marriage. Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages and optioned for film/tv. Originally from Wisconsin, she currently lives in Chicago with her husband, Drew, and her English bulldog, Winston.

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