When I get in my car to drive to work, one of the first things I do is turn on the radio and listen to the news (and my commute takes an hour, so I have the chance to get pretty well caught up with what’s going on in the world). Sometimes, though, the news is utterly disheartening: nothing but war… worsening economies… and Republican primaries, oh dear. So it’s great to find a more positive way to stay current with current events, and even better to have the opportunity to give back to some of the people most affected by perilous situations–and when all of these things can be rolled up into a book for young adults (or… you know… adult adults, as the case may be), so much the better!
I was greatly honored to have the chance to attend the October 17th United Nations discussion panel of What You Wish For, a new YA book benefiting the humanitarian foundation Book Wish. All proceeds from the book go towards establishing libraries for refugees displaced by the violence in Darfur, an ongoing conflict that’s left thousands of men, women and children adrift and uprooted. With authors the caliber of Marilyn Nelson, R.L. Stein (the world’s greatest spooky cheeseball), Joyce Carol Oates, Cynthia Voigt, and more all contributing to the book, this is one donation to a charitable cause that speaks to the power of literacy both at home and abroad.