A Cause worth Supporting
A writing friend of mine, Yvonne Oots, forwarded me this press release about a new anthology that includes her story, Merlin
. What a great way for writers to make a difference in the world! As someone who often writes with a polemical bent, I hope that my words make a difference in people's lives. This anthology goes one step further, by dedicating its profits to disaster relief. I hope you'll join me in supporting the effort.
Writing Community Unites to Write “Stories of Strength” for Disaster Relief
As they watched the coverage of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, writers who had gathered on the AbsoluteWrite.com
message boards decided not to sit by helplessly any longer. Instead, they set their pens and keyboards to work-- writing uplifting essays, short fiction, and poetry on the theme of “strength.” The result is the 316-page anthology Stories of Strength, with 100 percent of the proceeds to go to disaster relief charities, including the Red Cross, Americares, and the Salvation Army.
Headed by Jenna Glatzer, author of acclaimed Celine Dion biography For Keeps, this project attracted contributions from many well-known writers, including a story and an original hymn by award-winning science fiction novelist Orson Scott Card, an essay by famed actor Wil Wheaton (Star Trek, Stand By Me), and a short story from Christian romance author Robin Lee Hatcher.
With more than 100 pieces from writers all over the world, and the gracious efforts of prominent editors and graphic designers, Stories of Strength is a tribute to the human spirit: celebrating true stories of courage and endurance in challenging situations that range from the death of a child to living through natural disasters, to smaller-scale trials, dealing with returning an overdue book to the local Library Troll.
Alternating between tear jerking and humorous, Stories of Strength is guaranteed to inspire and remind readers that the human spirit knows no boundaries.
The writers hope to turn their words into sizeable long-term contributions to disaster relief charities. In addition to the writers’ donations, publishing company Lulu (http://www.lulu.com/
) is generously donating its profits from the project. Lulu will also donate several media review copies.
Most writers are available for interviews, readings, and book signings.
For ordering details and for contact of writers in your local area go to http://www.storiesofstrength.com/
. The book will be available direct from Lulu on November 1, 2005, and available to order from bookstores worldwide soon thereafter.
Stories of Strength
Editor/Publisher: Jenna Glatzer
Publishing services provided by Lulu
Release date: November 1, 2005