Memoir Author Monica Holloway to Host Autism Friendly Literacy Brunch for Charity – 1/12/13

Fullerton, CA, December 27, 2012 --( Autism author and literacy advocate Monica Holloway will host an Autism-Friendly Literacy Brunch for charity, including 20% of brunch proceeds to benefit Autism Speaks OC with matching proceeds, up to $1,000, to benefit the National Center for Family Literacy, on Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill located at 110 East Commonwealth Avenue in Fullerton.

Holloway will provide a book reading and signing for autism memoir Cowboy & Wills, and will speak on the importance of literacy and its impact on family.

Garden Grove resident Julie Chau Diep, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Director at New Hope Therapy Center in Garden Grove and a Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in autism, will speak on the topic of "Communications and Literacy." Diep is also the Executive Director of OC Autism, a nonprofit organization that addresses the needs of Orange County families affected by autism and related disorders.

Bourbon Street is co-owned by Larry Houser, a parent of a child with autism, who uses the restaurant as a platform for autism awareness and fundraising events, having raised over $20,000 for autism since 2010.

Cost to attend the California Cajun cuisine brunch is $27 for adults (including endless champagne) and $13.50 for children. For brunch reservations, call Bourbon Street at (714) 626-0050.

Event attendees will also have the opportunity to nominate wonders for, a program of the National Center for Family Literacy, featuring a daily “Wonder of the Day,” with the goal of providing learning moments in everyday life.

Diners are encouraged to bring a children's book to donate to Orange County Reach Out and Read.

About Monica Holloway: Monica Holloway is the bestselling author of Cowboy & Wills, a Mother's Choice Award's Gold recipient, and the critically-acclaimed author of the memoir Driving With Dead People, described by Newsweek as “unforgettable,” Glamour christened “a classic,” and the Washington Post deemed “irresistible.”

About Autism Speaks: Autism Speaks is the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization, dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

About Reach Out and Read: Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.

About National Center for Family Literacy: National Center for Family Literacy has helped more than 1 million families make educational and economic progress by pioneering and continuously improving family literacy programs with the goal provide every family with the ability to learn and grow together.

About OC Autism: OC Autism is a nonprofit organization that addresses the needs of Orange County families affected by autism and related disorders, including through offering free resources, educational materials, workshops and events for special needs families.
Author Monica Holloway
Jess Block, Publicist