Prof. Holly Tucker of Vanderbilt University (aka @history_geek) and humorist and blogger Beth Dunn (@bethdunn) have organized a fabulous online charity auction: Writers for the Red Cross.
The auction lasts for a month and is now in its second week. Here are just some of this week’s HUGE ARRAY of fabulous prizes:
A book proposal consultation with FSG senior editor Amanda Moon, who leads the new Scientific American imprint there.
And there’s more: admission to the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ annual conference; diet consultations and a diet book; cookbooks and cake mixes; baseball; doggie goodies…
Plus! Among the auction items: A personalized first edition of my 2010 book SUPERBUG: The Fatal Menace of MRSA and an irresistibly cute fluffy, stuffed Superbug. (Bidding on which, let me just say, opened at $100. Ahem.)
Author Terry Pratchett pledges £10,000 swan killer reward
Author Sir Terry Pratchett has added £10,000 to a reward to help catch the killer of 31 swans in Somerset. Sir Terry, who lives in Wiltshire, said he was “incensed at the news”. The reward currently stands at £26,080. Ten dead swans were discovered on Tuesday near Wedmore. The RSPCA began its investigation after the first six birds were found dead on 30 January. Sir Terry, author of the Discworld novels, added: “It’s wanton destruction of a living creature.” He said: “People who do this sort of thing to an animal are probably a danger to people as well. “I don’t think the punishment will fit the crime. “For some idiot to fire an airgun for fun - I was just incensed. I’ve seen the sanctuary, I’ve lived in Somerset and I know the area.” The wildlife rescue group Secret World described finding the eight shot birds on 22 February as “one of the worst incidents” it had ever dealt with. The birds had been shot in the head with airgun pellets. One of the swans which survived an earlier attack is still recovering” —BBC News - Author Terry Pratchett pledges £10,000 swan killer reward