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Two great causes to support

May 13, 2009

Guys Lit Wire is teaming up with the InsideOut Writers Program to get books in the hands of incarcerated teens in Los Angeles with the first Guys Lit Wire Book Fair for Boys.

IOW is committed to reducing recidivism; it is their primary objective. One of the ways to accomplish that is by getting the boys interested in other things and helping them form goals for after they leave the system. As book lovers, we at GLW believe that books can go a big way towards helping achieve the goal of keeping the boys from returning to prison. In LA County there is no library for the teens held in the juvenile system. The boys can read as many books as they want – but someone has to give them those books. According to IOW they are desperate for books on all kinds of subjects and so, that is what we at GLW are going to try and give them.

You can see the current wish list at Powell’s by entering the GLW email address, guyslitwire@gmail.com. Once you’ve selected your books, send them to:
Eve Porinchak
IOW
5850 Brookline Lane
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

If you can’t donate this time, the goal is to hold these book fairs semiannually, so please keep it in mind.

The Bridget Zinn Auction, on the other hand, ends this month.

Three things happened to Bridget in February:
1. She got an agent for her young adult novel.
2. She got married.
3. She found out she had Stage Four colon cancer.

But now Bridget is dealing with an ugly reality that is all too common in America today.  Even when you have insurance that covers most things, it doesn’t cover everything.  Medscape reports, “The cost of treating colorectal cancer has skyrocketed over the past 5 years or so, and the costs of new agents and regimens have risen 340-fold.”

Here’s how you can help.  A group of writers who have been impressed with Bridget’s friendliness and what can only be described as her radiant joy (even now) has banded together to help Bridget with the costs she faces.

So if you are interested in winning a manuscript critique, autographed books, artwork, and more, place your bid soon.

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 16, 2009 3:19 pm

    I am loving this whole concept and eager to stop everything and do something about it myself.

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