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Attendees at last year's Reading Between the Wines check out the silent auction. (Courtesy Literacy for Life)
Attendees at last year’s Reading Between the Wines check out the silent auction. (Courtesy Literacy for Life)

Literacy for Life is promising a night of suspense and hilarity at this year’s “Reading Between the Wines,” featuring award-winning mystery author Brad Parks.

This annual event will include plentiful hors d’oeuvres and wines alongside Parks’ presentation, which promises to be as entertaining as his numerous comedic mystery novels.

Parks has received several national accolades, including the prestigious Shamus Award for both best first private eye novel and best hardcover novel for Faces of the Gone and The Good Cop, respectively.

Faces of the Gone, Parks’ debut novel, also took home the Nero award for best American mystery, making it the only book to ever win both the Shamus and the Nero. The Library Journal described the novel as “the most hilariously funny and deadly serious mystery debut since Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money.”

Additionally, Parks has won two Lefty awards, both for best humorous mystery, for The Girl Next Door and The Good Cop.

Literacy for Life will also present its third annual Community Partner Award to the Williamsburg Health Foundation. Several of the organizations learners are also expected to speak during the course of the evening about the influence it has had on their lives.

Both silent and live auction events are planned for the evening, with several big-ticket prizes up for grabs. Fans of Parks can bid on the chance to name a character in his next book, while beer-lovers can purchase an elegant dinner and beer pairing for eight at DoG Street Pub.

Auction-goers will also have the opportunity to score tickets to see the Metropolitan Opera perform II Trovatore, complete with a backstage tour, or to bid on a getaway to Daniel Island, South Carolina, that includes a villa stay, a round of golf, a couples’ massage and a romantic dinner for two.

All proceeds from the event will go directly to benefit Literacy for Life, an organization dedicated to improving literacy in the Historic Triangle.

This event will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at the College of William & Mary School of Education. Tickets are $65 per person and can be bought here.