THE SPOKEN WORD: Liz Smith will be the mistress of ceremonies tonight when Literacy Partners honors Tatiana von Furstenberg and Patrica Cornwell at its annual gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. In the spirit of the bookworm-friendly event, chairwoman Alina Cho helped round up Jon Meacham, Bill O’Reilly and Elizabeth Strout to read aloud to the crowd. Diane von Furstenberg, Barry Diller, Tara Subkoff, Bibhu Mohapatra and Christine and Stephen Schwarzman will be all ears, as will another honoree, Jacqueline Weld Drake.

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