Following yesterday’s report on what publishers are doing to help recovery efforts in Japan, there’s an update on Melville House’s campaign to raise money for the cause. The house donated all profits from any purchase on its website the weeek of March 17 to Save the Children, GlobalGiving Project, Hands on Tokyo, and the American Red Cross—and raised more than $5,000. Melville is continuing its philanthropy, donating a portion of the proceeds from Banana Yoshimoto’s The Lake to disaster relief.
Authors and illustrators are also participating in Japanese aid efforts. Fantasy author Greg R. Fishbone is running an online auction, Kidlit for Japan, with proceeds going to UNICEF and Save the Children, which are focused on the specific needs of children in the affected area of Japan. More than 100 authors, illustrators, editors, and agents have donated items such as signed books, artwork, ARCs, critiques, and opportunities to name characters in upcoming books. Fishbone has raised $2,800 so far, and will continue the auction for 11 more days.