Karin Slaughter, Library Advocate of the Year!

I’m a day late, but congratulations to author Karin Slaughter (Fallen) who on August 25 was invited by the Georgia House of Representatives to speak about her Save the Libraries campaign at a Special Legislative Session.

Earlier this summer she guest-blogged for In the Bookroom about her library book tour and in July was awarded the 2001 Silver Bullet Award at Thrillerfest. But Slaughter is not one to sit on her laurels. On the same day she was honored by her state legislature, her Kindle original short story went on sale with proceeds to go to her library fund-raising efforts.

In a recent email, Slaughter noted that Amazon cut an immediate $25,000 to the Dekalb Library Foundation, raising the total Save the Libraries has raised for the year to $75,000. Future royalties on the story will go to the Boston Public Library. “I’m hoping that I can talk more authors into doing library fund-raising shorts. We need to make sure this one is majorly successful so it talks them into doing it.”

If you missed seeing Slaughter on her book tour, don’t despair. Random House, her publisher, videotaped Karin at the Berwyn Public Library, Berwyn, IL, talking about the impact of of libraries on her life, the “CEOs of reading” (librarians), and her Save the Libraries campaign.

(For additional context, read this excellent article, “15 Reasons Why Bookstore-Library Partnerships Are Beneficial.”)

Wilda Williams About Wilda Williams

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.


  1. edward mcmahon says:

    This is great libraries need all the support they can get. They have to modernize and train staff in the new technologies.