Beantown Bids: Karin Slaughter’s Library Campaign Comes to Boston

In the year since best-selling author Karin Slaughter launched her Save the Libraries campaign with a March 2011 fund- raising event for the Decatur County Public Library, Decatur, GA, her organization has raised $150,000 and is on target to hit its $250,000 mark by the end of 2012. Now the tireless Slaughter and some of her thriller writer friends are bringing the campaign to Boston. Next Wednesday, April 25, the Boston Public Library Foundation and the International Thriller Writers (ITW) are hosting The Big Thrill at the Central Library in Copley Square. Authors participating in the event are Slaughter, Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, Charlaine Harris, and David Hosp, and proceeds will go to the Boston Public Library Foundation and the library programs it supports.

In addition, an online auction will run from April 20, starting at noon (EDT) and ending at noon on April 25. Would-be thriller authors can bid on a chance to have their manuscript read by Aaron Priest (agent to Harlan Coben and Greg Isles), Darley Anderson (agent to Lee Child), and Victoria Sanders (agent to Karin Slaughter). And Harper Collins and Random House have offered a “galley a month” program where they’ll send the lucky winner one hot galley each month for a year.

“We are also hoping to do another event in the fall for the Dekalb County Library Foundation, this time with special musical guests to do a concert and book event called Music and Mystery,” says Slaughter. Even if you can’t “come to Boston for the springtime” and The Big Thrill, show your library love by placing a bid tomorrow.

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