A Woman of Her Word: Karin Slaughter's Campaign for Libraries

At last year’s Random House breakfast for librarians attending BookExpo, thriller author Karin Slaughter addressed the nationwide budget cuts affecting libraries, volunteered to raise funds for her local library, and urged other authors to do the same. A year later, she is as good as her word. Tomorrow night “A Mysterious Evening,” a fund-raising event featuring Slaughter, Mary Kay Andrews, and Kathryn Stockett for the Dekalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA, marks the launch of the Save the Libraries campaign, which Slaughter spearheaded to help spread the word about the need for community support for public libraries. While “A Mysterious Evening” is sold out, online auctions on EBay and BiddingforGood are open through March 12 until 8:30 pm. In an email, Slaughter reports that the auction’s going swell. “But we could always use more bidders. We’re on track to get around 20K through eBay, around 2K from Bidding for Good and maybe around 5K from the on-site auction.” So if you’re expecting a nice tax refund from the IRS, why not place a bid? Would you like Lee Child to name a character after you? How about drinks and appetizers with your book group and author Mary Kay Andrews? The clock’s ticking!

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Wilda "Willy" Williams (wwilliams@mediasourceinc.com) is LJ's Fiction Editor. She specializes in popular fiction and edits the Mystery, Science Fiction, Christian Fiction, and Word on Street Lit columns.