Last month’s charity auction of an ARC (I ended up offering 3, to raise $1000) for the Grim Oak fundraiser for paying medical bills for people in the sf/fantasy community was an unexpected one. I learned about Duane Wilkin’s medical issues and contacted Shawn Speakman to offer an ARC for his fundraiser. (Scroll down here or check the archives to get that story).
This current one is dear to my heart, with some history. This will be (unless I have lost count) the 4th time we’ve auctioned the worldwide first book off the press of my newest title. The details of the charity are below, I’ll just say that I have always seen literacy and reading as empowering, a way forward for young people, whether girls in Pakistan or underprivileged children in Canada. That’s why we’ve used Indigo’s “Love of Reading” charity as our beneficiary.
The auction of the first book of River of Stars went live last night on eBay and word is being spread this morning. The same person has ‘won’ all three of the previous auctions, he’s probably going for a collection! I will hope people challenge for it, and make this a good event for a good cause. I am really grateful to Penguin for setting this up, and to Indigo for partnering. The auction ends on March 10th.
The bidding link is here:
And here’s the formal announcement by Penguin. Go crazy.
A chance at auction to win the FIRST copy of Guy Gavriel Kay’s RIVER OF STARS
To celebrate the worldwide launch of international bestseller Guy Gavriel Kay’s much anticipated new novel River of Stars, Penguin Canada is auctioning the first book of the first print run, autographed by the author. Signed and verified by the printer and the publisher, this first copy includes a product identification slip and letter from the printing press identifying the book as the first copy printed of the first edition.
All proceeds from the auction will be donated to Indigo Books & Music, Inc.’s Love of Reading Fund (www.loveofreading.org). The fund directly supports high-needs elementary school literacy programs across Canada.
Inspired by the glittering and decadent Song Dynasty, River of Stars immerses us into an epic tale of prideful emperors, battling courtiers, nomadic invasions and of a woman fighting to find her place in the world. Guy Gavriel Kay, once again, astonishes with his skilled balance of fantasy, historical fiction, romance, and literary style and craft that results in an unforgettable journey destined to be one of his greatest achievements to date.
River of Stars will go on-sale in Canada and the United States on April 2, 2013.