"The Manitoba John Howard Society is raffling off signed titles by local authors at its annual general meeting.
The money raised will be used to support the organization's programs serving men in remand and prison.
Only 300 tickets will be sold at $2 each.
Among the many authors donating are Struan Sinclair, Ariel Gordon and Joan Thomas."
That Michael Van Rooy is a peach. Or, which is more appealing to yours truly, a rock-hard nectarine.
The following snippet, which came from the Manitoba Writers' Guild e-update, contained a bit more info about the draw itself (even if it wasn't as...satisfying...to my ego):
"MANITOBA AUTHORS: Donate a copy of your book to a great cause! The John Howard Society seeks donations of signed books to comprise a library to be raffled off in support of their programs, including their literacy program. The literacy program serves individuals on remand, as well as at provincial institutions, by helping them improve basic reading, writing, and math skills through workbooks designed to also educate on topics such as parenting, gangs, alcohol and drug dependency, anger, and listening. The raffle will be drawn on September 23rd at the John Howard Society's AGM."
I donated one of my last copies of Guidelines: Malaysia & Indonesia, 1999, so if you haven't gotten one yet, you'll have to wait for Rubicon to re-print sometime this fall (more on a possible Edmonton launch later...O), buy one of two left at Aqua Books, or buy a raffle ticket.
So, to sum: fun to be in such an August assembly of authors! And also that I should really look into getting a raffle ticket or three...