Literacy Chicago Donation Release

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“Hot Dogs & Hamburgers: Unlocking Life’s Potential by Inspiring Literacy at Any Age” Chronicles Author’s Volunteer Experience at Literacy Chicago

CHICAGO (March XX, 2013) – In honor of March into Literacy Month, Chicago native, author and attorney Rob Shindler, announced he will donate all proceeds from his book “Hot Dogs & Hamburgers:  Unlocking Life’s Potential by Inspiring Literacy at Any Age” to Literacy Chicago.  The funds will help offset the monies needed for the organization to function on a day-to-day basis and keep its doors open.

“Literacy Chicago serves as a safe-haven for adults to come and learn how to read, without dealing with the misconceptions by which society tends to judge them,” said Shindler.  “By donating the proceeds of my book in March, I can not only help an organization that is in need of funding, but also raise awareness for adult illiteracy, which is a hidden epidemic our society tends to look down upon.”

According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are 32 million adults in the United States read below a 3rd grade level, or 14 percent of the population.  “Hot Dogs & Hamburgers” raises the profile of low adult literacy levels by chronicling Shindler’s journey to help his son, Oliver, overcome significant reading deficiencies.  By volunteering at Literacy Chicago, Shindler learned firsthand how ridiculous the common misconceptions are about learning disabilities and the challenges facing adult readers.  As a result, he developed unconventional, yet successful, learning techniques to help his students read, which are showcased throughout the book.  Additionally, Shindler puts actual faces to adult illiteracy, humanizing the issue making it not just a statistic.

“Just like a majority of non-for-profit organizations, Literacy Chicago is in need of funding to help operate on a daily basis,” said Marilyn Murchison, office manager for Literacy Chicago.  “We are grateful for Mr. Shindler’s contribution during the month of March and hope it will help raise the profile for our organization’s mission—combating adult illiteracy.”

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“Hot Dogs & Hamburgers” was listed as one of the top books to read in 2013 by NetGalley. The book is now available for purchase or downloads on Amazon and iTunes for $14.95 and $7.95.  Additionally, follow Hot Dogs & Hamburgers on Facebook.
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About the Author:
Shindler and his wife, Andi, have twins, Isabella and Oliver, and their younger brother, future National Football League star Sage. Rob is the founder of Abogados America, a small law firm in Chicago, that specializes in representing the Hispanic community, which Shindler believes faces an array of legal injustices. “My Spanish-speaking clients are a lot like adults fighting illiteracy,” he says. “Society tends to judge both before all the evidence is in.” Shindler’s hope is that ‘Hot Dogs & Hamburgers’ will bring an awareness of adult illiteracy and slow down that judging process.   For more information, visit

About the Publisher:

 River Grove Books is part of Greenleaf Book Group, a publisher and distributor best known for its innovative business model, distribution power and award-winning designs. Named one of the fastest growing companies in the United States by Inc. magazine, it has represented more than 1,000 titles, including more than 22 that have hit the New York Times, Wall Street Journal or USA Today bestseller lists. You can learn more about Greenleaf on its website: and blog

 Note to journalists:  Copies of the book are available.

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