Live Auction until 07/22/19: #AuthorsForFamilies

Hi everyone,

Have you been following the news regarding family separation and detentions at the U.S. borders? I know several of you are against it, against the inhumane treatment the families are under, and have taken various actions to show your support and to keep our government accountable, from donations, to protests, to writing to your elected representatives. I also warmly thank all of you, including many authors and publishers, who supported and donated to the immigration book drive that took place at the end of last year, for the people imprisoned at the Yuba City County Jail in California.

There is a wonderful initiative taking place right now on 32 Auctions website, with a chance for everyone involved to win query and manuscript critiques, customized book trailer music and more. This will run until July 22, 2019. Click on this link to participate in the live auction. See below for an excerpt from the website:

“Authors, illustrators, and other publishing professionals are banding together and saying NO MORE to the detainment camps at the US border, by donating the following biddable items and more:

  • Artwork / Illustrations
  • Books (ARCs and finished copies)
  • Book Swag
  • Consultation
  • Marketing
  • Page critiques
  • Query critiques
  • Synopsis critiques
  • Sensitivity reads
  • Translation services

100% of the proceeds from this charity auction will go to RAICES, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. You can read more about them here:”

Drawing from years of doing socio-cultural critiques and editorial work for various authors and academicians, I donated a sensitivity reading on a full picture book or 50 pages of a manuscript set in West Africa. If you’re interested in bidding on that item, click here.

I thank Brittney M. Morris and the #DebutAuthors19 for spearheading this initiative. Thank you all for your support!
#AuthorsForFamilies #CloseTheCamps

Book Drive for Immigration Detainees at the Yuba County Jail

Hi everyone, I hope that you’re well. This is a copy of a message I posted on my Facebook page:

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I’m helping Faithful Friends, a grassroots group, set up a book drive for the immigrants at the Yuba City County Jail. We’re making a list of 50 books (the limit we were given) and are looking for titles both in English and Spanish, some in Mandarin. Any thoughts? All titles need to be available in paperback.

Requests include all genres: mystery, thrillers, Latin American Folk Stories, psychology (more specifically something on facial gestures), horror/terror, romance, vagueros..

Some of the authors and titles requested are Children of the Matrix (Spanish), Life And Times of Pancho, Ringside Seat to a Revolution by Daniel Romo, Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson, the Frankenstein Series, Solo Para Hombres, books by Stephen King, Bernard Cromwell, R.A. Salvatore, John Grisham, etc. Thank you. Young adult titles welcome, too. Please share if you wouldn’t mind.

One of the most pressing needs of people who are in immigration detention is the need for simply “something to do”. Immigration detainees do not have access to programs designed to rehabilitate those serving sentences. In theory, immigration detainees aren’t in detention long enough to justify the expense of providing programs. However, the reality of an overburdened immigration court system means that many languish in detention for months and even years. Books are absolutely vital as an escape from the realities of immigration detention.

PS: Early book donations can be sent to MultiCulturalism Rocks!, 140 B Street, Suite 5 #237, DAVIS CA 95616. Thanks again.