Once illiterate, Mills to be among authors featured at annual luncheon


Author Earl Mills will be among those featured at the annual Authors Luncheon scheduled for Saturday. The event serves as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Havelock-Craven County Public Library.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 09:24 AM.

Earl Mills was 48 years old before he read his first book.

Now he has written and published two and is working on a third.

Mills, an adult literacy advocate from New Bern, is one of 10 authors scheduled to participate in the annual Authors Luncheon on May 18 in Havelock.

"I graduated high school in 1971 at Jasper High School and I was married, raised five children, had the same job for over 25 years while essentially hiding the fact that I could barely read beyond a second-grade level," Mills said.

Mills said his lack of reading skill was exposed when he embarrassingly stumbled through a reading of scripture at his church.

Mills sought the assistance of the Craven Literacy Council.

"At the age of 45, I walked in and they assessed me at a second-grade reading level," Mills said. "When I walked in there, I had trouble spelling words like girl and bird."

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