Fourteen of America's most prominent authors, including John Lescroart, Carl Hiaasen, Elinor Lipman, Francine Prose and Edward P. Jones are participating in this year's character name charity auction to raise money for First Amendment Project (FAP) through eBay Giving Works, the dedicated program for charity listings, starting on September 7th and running through September 23rd, 2006. The authors will auction off the chance to name a character in their upcoming books, and donate the proceeds to the FAP, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing free and low cost legal services to protect freedom of information, expression, and petition. Some authors are also offering wining bidders the opportunity to speak on the telephone.
The authors participating in the FAP auction at include: Kevin J. Anderson, Emily Barton, Stephen Elliott, Tim Green, Carl Hiaasen, Edward P. Jones, John Lescroart, Elinor Lipman, Philip Margolin, Lorrie Moore, Patricia Polacco, Douglas Preston, Francine Prose, and Chris Ware. The authors represent the full spectrum of literary genres, from children's literature to science fiction, to graphic novels, to mysteries and thrillers. Additional authors may still be added.
Last year's charity auction, featuring Stephen King, John Grisham, Nora Roberts, Amy Tan, Michael Chabon, Lemony Snicket and 11 other prominent authors raised over $150,000 for the organization. The 2005 charity auction was among the most closely watched charity auctions on eBay for several weeks and attracted bids from around the world. Authors Brad Meltzer, David Brin and Chris Offutt, eager to help the cause, joined after the start of last year's event. The fundraising effot was conceived by First Amendment Project advisory board member Michael Chabon and author Neil Gaiman.
"We again this year asked literary artists to sacrifice a bit of their own artistic freedom in order to promote freedom of expression for all," says David Greene Executive Director and Staff Counsel for FAP. "We, again, were overwhelmed by the response from the literary community. First Amendment Project is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free and low cost legal services on free speech issues. The authors who are helping us with this auction understand how fundamental First Amendment rights are and how without organizations like FAP being vigilant in preserving them, our nation's democratic and creative cultures will suffer."
The authors speak:
"There's nothing more important to democracy: protecting -- and fighting for -- the right of free expression. It's a battle that began at the birth of our Constitution, and is carried on in the courts today by the First Amendment Project." Carl Hiaasen.
"The First Amendment is the cornerstone of American liberty. Our freedoms to speak and to write are our most sacred legacy. We are living in a time when First Amendment rights are under siege. I'm involved in this auction to show my support for the First Amendment against all its enemies." John Lescroart
"As a science fiction writer, I like to push ideas, stretch my imagination, provoke people to think along new paths. That frightens others who like to believe they have the "only" way. Unfortunately, some of those people are in positions of power and try to enforce their opinions as law. We need staunch groups to stand up against those agendas and let people have their say. It's the only way the truth can keep getting out." Kevin J. Anderson
"Everything I do--everything this country is about--depends on the First Amendment." Francine Prose.
Conducting the charity auction is Auction Cause, a premier online auction management agency specializing in high impact and high value eBay charity auctions for nonprofits and their corporate partners. Auction Cause also conducted the 2005 auction.
The First Amendment Project is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and promoting freedom of information, expression, and petition. Since 1992, FAP has provided advice, educational materials, and legal representation to its core constituency of activists, journalists, and artists in service of these fundamental liberties. Providing over $400,000 in free legal services every year, FAP is the only nonprofit organization in the country to offer direct, free and low-cost legal representation exclusively on First Amendment matters in three primary areas:
- Defending those sued for exercising their First Amendment rights.
- Representing those challenging laws and governmental policies that infringe on First Amendment rights.
- Representing those seeking access to governmental records & meetings and court records & proceedings. Please consider a donation today.
There are several ways to support FAP:
- Make an online donation right now by clicking here.
- Set up a recurring monthly donation. Even a small donation each month goes along way to helping us continue our programs.
- Auction an item on Ebay for FAP's benefit. Because FAP is a registered charity with Ebay, you can designate FAP as the beneficiary of the proceeds of your auction.
--The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
First Amendment Project is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and promoting freedom of information, expression, and petition.
FAP provides advice, educational materials, and legal representation to its core constituency of activists, journalists, and artists in service of these fundamental liberties.
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