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Posts Tagged ‘Padma Lakshmi’

Michelle Obama to Kick Off Read Across America Day

First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured, via) will kick off the 14th annual national Read Across America Day. Along with U.S. secretary of education Arne Duncan, she will read the Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham in honor of Seuss’ 107th birthday.  Actress Jessica AlbaTop Chef, TV host Padma Lakshmi, and Super Bowl champion Donald Driver will also appear.

Here’s more about the event from its official website: “[National Education Association] NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. NEA’s Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.”

Readers can log on to the site to make reading pledges. So far California boasts the most reading pledges  in the United States with 334 submissions. The site has also collected international pledges from readers in Brazil, Finland, Germany, and Turkmenistan.

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Obligatory Padma Lakshmi-Salman Rushdie Divorce Post

It’s the day before July 4th, my brain is inching ever so close to burnoutmini-vacation and I guess it’s only fair to report that Booker Prize-winning author, PEN president and former frequenter of safe houses Salman Rushdie and his fourth wife, TOP CHEF hostess Padma Lakshmi, are getting a divorce after three years of marriage.

In a statement from Rushdie’s spokeswoman, the Wylie Agency‘s Jin Auh, issued yesterday, Rushdie said that he “has agreed to divorce his wife, Padma Lakshmi, because of her desire to end their marriage” and requests that “the media respect his privacy at this difficult time”. No word on respecting Lakshmi’s privacy, though her spokesperson hasn’t issued a statement and it seems she’s moved on pretty well already.