My favorite event of BEA, hands-down, is the annual Children’s Book Art Auction for the ABFFE. As a writer for teens and a long-time activist against censorship, I support this event and this cause whole-heartedly. The Art Auction is actively seeking donations from professonal artist for the auction. Here are the guidleines and a FAQ for anyone interested in donating work.
This year’s hosts are Jack Gantos and Lauren Myracle, the lethal combination of brains (both) and funny (both) that are worth the price of BEA admission alone. In fact, even though BEA wasn’t on my schedule this year, I may go just to watch these to in action. So what is the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE), you may ask? “The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression is the bookseller’s voice in the fight against censorship.”
Here is the letter Myracle and Gantos wrote requesting donations:
A book is challenged in a school or library in the United States almost every day. Just this month the Chicago Public Schools banned Marjane Satrapi’s terrific graphic novel Persepolis in middle school classes.
The good news is that the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE)—the bookseller’s voice in the fight against censorship, is leading the fight against book censorship. Its Kids’ Right to Read Project, co-founded with the National Coalition Against Censorship, is providing critical support for the students, parents, teachers, and librarians who are fighting challenges in their local communities.
That’s why we have agreed to co-host the 19th annual Children’s Book Art Auction at BookExpo America. Proceeds will support ABFFE’s defense of the free speech rights of young readers. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the River Pavilion of the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Please consider contributing a piece of your wonderful art to the auction. This year’s event will include a special section of pieces honoring Maurice Sendak, who inspired and supported so many artists and illustrators and was a champion of free speech. Consult the auction’s FAQs for details.
We hope to see you at the River Pavilion. Thank you for your support!
Jack Gantos & Lauren Myracle
Hope to see you there!