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Blue collar writers invited to wash their hands and apply for grant
December 28, 2013 | 11:07 am

At this festive time of year, it's good to see that some keep the spirit of Christmas by remembering those less fortunate than ourselves - especially the working class. Blue collar, horn-handed sons and daughters of toil, Bud drinkers, Duck Dynasty lovers, trailer trash welfare mothers - if you tick any of those boxes, $750.00 could be yours, courtesy of the Speculative Literature Foundation, which has set up the "SLF Working-Class / Impoverished Writers' $750 Grant" just for you. News of this Lady Bountifulness was greeted with some skepticism, derision, and outright rage on Facebook and elsewhere. And I've rewritten my...

Helping Writers in Need: Please donate to WEAF!
December 9, 2013 | 10:30 am

helping writers in needBy Caitlin Kelly As some of you know, many journalists now work full-time freelance. Some do so by choice, while many have been shut out of an industry going through almost daily re-invention; 24,000 of us lost our jobs in 2008 and many of us did not find another. Add to that a difficult economy in the U.S., and some writers — even the most talented and productive throughout a long career — can find themselves in a terrifying financial crisis, with no alternate source of income and few savings if your anchor client shuts down or a few reliable editors suddenly...

The positive curative power of poetry
October 26, 2013 | 10:47 am

poetryAs a follow-up to my earlier piece on the latest neurological evidence for the actual physical effects of verse, here's a couple of items detailing further evidence of the power of poetry over the human mind. Catherine Porteus, a reader of UK live poetry platform and fan site Pass On a Poem, describes how the sound of verse enabled her to learn poetry even though she was a self-described dyslexia sufferer. And Living Words, "an arts and literature programme that uses the spoken and written word to help ...people with dementia and isolated and disempowered people," employs "poetry, personalised word books and anthologies" plus other...

Keats Library in London: Community takes over a piece of history
August 19, 2013 | 3:18 pm

Keats LibraryKeats Community Library in Hampstead is a beautiful period building in the grounds of Keats House, the house and museum associated with the poet John Keats. A library since the early 1900s as the Heath Library, it was closed in early 2012 as part of Camden Council's budget cuts and taken over by an independent charitable group of local residents as Keats Community Library. It survives on donations, and is staffed by volunteers. "We are not a trust but a company limited by guarantee and a charity registered with the English Charity Commission," explained Steven Bobasch, chair of the (unpaid volunteer) Board of Directors. "We qualify...

Reading Agency gets £1 million gift from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to foster UK kids’ reading
July 9, 2013 | 2:52 pm

The UK's The Reading Agency, "a charity with a mission to inspire more people to read more," has received a £1 million gift from British independent grants-giving body the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, to support its Reading Activists program, which "gets young people aged 11 to 19 setting up reading and writing groups in local communities." Miranda McKearney, founder director of The Reading Agency, said: "Enjoying reading is a vital engine for social mobility and the acquisition of literacy skills. Children who enjoy reading can better overcome a disadvantaged start in life—because everything changes when we read." "The Reading Agency takes a comprehensive approach...

UK Library Campaign left cold by the men from the Ministry
July 3, 2013 | 11:43 am

UK Library CampaignAfter the recent spate of bad news around state support for Great Britain's public libraries, including modernization and e-lending initiatives, the Library Campaign, a UK activist charity seeking "to advance the lifelong education of the public by the promotion, support, assistance and improvement of libraries," could be forgiven for expecting little from public discussions with Brian Ashley, newly appointed Director for Libraries at the Arts Council England in April. And they were not disappointed. In a live chat hosted by the Arts Council in early June, Ashley asserted that his organization was fully committed to library modernization: "Envisioning the library of the future...

Baen fans organize fundraiser to give Kindles stocked with Baen e-books to injured soldiers
June 26, 2013 | 5:28 pm

Political/military SF publisher Baen and its fans have long been gung-ho about supporting our troops, and since 2009 some fans have been running a yearly campaign called Operation Baen Bulk to raise money to send goodies to soldiers in need. This year’s campaign is aimed at sending Kindles pre-loaded with over 100 Baen e-books to soldiers recovering from service-related injuries in military hospitals in Fort Bragg, Camp LeJeune, and possibly other facilities if they beat their fundraising goal. They are campaigning to raise at least $3,500 toward that end. Each $100 they raise will pay for buying and shipping...

Dust jacket envelopes make it easy to donate your books by mail
May 2, 2013 | 3:09 pm

books A social entrepreneurship company based in Australia, Mailbooks for Good, has recently launched a literary-minded project that combines good design and a simple but strong idea with the joy of philanthropy. The company's tagline, "Re-gift the gift of reading," does a decent job of explaining the concept. But here's the general idea, direct from the MFG website: Mailbooks For Good is an innovation in book publishing, which allows you to donate books directly to those who need it. When the books are finished, readers simply turn the covers inside out and the books become pre-paid and pre-addressed packages. Once posted they are...

The Rise of the Fundraiser Book
April 11, 2013 | 1:16 pm

fundraiser bookTwo stories crossed my inbox this morning on the rise of the fudnraiser book. The first was a review about an anthology called Orange Karen that was conceived as a fundraiser for author Karen DeLabar, who is recovering from a battle with toxic shock syndrome. Fellow authors, both amateur and professional, contributed to the book, with the proceeds going to fund her medical expenses and recovery efforts. Meanwhile, numerous sites (including MediaBistro, where I read the news) are reporting about sci-fi author Dave Wolverton (aka Dave Farland) whose teenage son has been injured in a sports accident. There is no specific fundraiser...

How to build you very own Little Free Library
April 10, 2013 | 3:12 pm

Little Free Library I vaguely remember seeing a few blog posts and photo-heavy features here and there in months past about tiny, DIY libraries. It always seemed to me like the sort of thing you might expect to see in one of those weird BuzzFeed roundups: 12 Oddball Book Lovers Who've Built Tiny Libraries On the Side of the Road, or something like that. But according to the last edition of O'Reilly Media's TOC Today newsletter (which you really, really should subscribe to if you don't already get it), tiny libraries are now a 'thing.' That is, a trend—or to be more specific, a quickly growing...

Anyone want to donate an e-reader?
February 5, 2013 | 2:00 pm

I was the recipient of a half-depressing, half-uplifting email a couple of weeks back from a woman who represents the parent-teacher organization of the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa), located in Hoboken, N.J. HoLa, she tells me, is holding its annual fundraiser this coming April. And because the city of Hoboken was absolutely pummeled by Hurricane Sandy this past October, proceeds raised through the school's fundraiser will help with hurricane loss and cleanup efforts. Funds will also be used to furnish and equip the school's classrooms, enhance its art and music programs, and more. Specially, HoLa is looking for children's book donations...

Humble E-Book Bundle Raises $1.2 Million
October 25, 2012 | 12:35 pm

The Humble Indie E-Book Bundle’s sale period is over. It raised over $1.2 million on over 84,000 sales, with an average purchase price of $14.28—an altogether impressive amount. Participating author John Scalzi has a couple of post-mortem posts on his blog looking at the reasons for it. Scalzi sees the keys to the Humble E-Book Bundle’s success as being the Humble Bundle brand reputation based on past success, a well-curated bundle featuring titles with mass geek appeal, the absence of DRM, the charity involvement, its overall uniqueness, and the pay-what-you-want and limited-time-offer gimmicks. All these factors combined to make the bundle...