Authors, illustrators, agents, editors, and more are coming together to help raise money to support the refugee crisis in Europe. “Writing for Charity” is an effort to support Lifting Hands International by auctioning off literary items from the standard to the unusual to get supplies directly to refugee camps in Europe. The 145 auction items range from manuscript critiques and author school visits to a piggyback ride from Dean Hale.
“I’ve been anxious to do more for the refugee crisis,” Hale said in an email to PW, so she and author Mette Ivie Harrison have organized the auction, calling on friends in the industry to donate time and items to the cause. The range of items (and experiences), include novel critiques from authors, editors, and agents including Tessa Gratton, handknit items from Kristin Cashore, school visits from authors including Adam Gidwitz, and a pole dance from Hale along with Daniel Handler. The auction site and catalog can be accessed here. The auctions end on May 2 at midnight Pacific Time.