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Best-selling Authors Join Worldwide “Read-in” for Refugees

March 6, 2017


growing list of best-selling authors and recipients of the world’s highest literary honors are adding their names to #Read4Refugees, a worldwide “read-in” for refugees. The campaign encourages people everywhere to support refugees by donating what they spend on a night out and stay in to read instead.

Supporting authors include New York Times and international best-selling authors and recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal and dozens of literary honors. Veteran and newly-published authors are signing on quickly, representing a wide range of genres including fiction, nonfiction, children’s and young adult literature, graphic novels and comic books.

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Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See

Josie Lauritsen Lee, co-founder of Go Jane Give, the nonprofit organization hosting the campaign says, “Hashtags for refugees are good. Resources for refugees are better. #Read4Refugees empowers everyday people to take on the refugee crisis from their own homes and contribute resources in a doable way. Anyone with a big heart and a night-out to spare can get involved. We’re honored to have such beloved and highly-acclaimed authors supporting this campaign, and we’re thrilled to see readers around the world getting involved.”

Girls coming home from school, which is just adjacent to the refugee camp and available free for all children.

Refugees supported by RefugePoint

All donations to #Read4Refugees go to RefugePoint, a nonprofit that supports the world’s most at-risk refugees. RefugePoint saves lives by helping refugees resettle safely in the U.S., Canada, Australia and other countries around the world. Through services including healthcare, counseling, business skills training and small grants, they ensure refugees find safety and pathways to self-reliance. In her comment on the fundraising page, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Isabel Allende says of the campaign, “What a great idea. Always happy to support RefugePoint.” Read more about RefugePoint in the New York Times.

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Isabel Allende, Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

#1 New York Times best-selling author Ally Condie, the first author to sign on to the campaign states, “I’m happy to be able to turn my passion for reading and writing into a way to support refugees. #Read4Refugees is about more than just sending a message—it’s about getting funds into the hands of refugee-focused organizations that are making a real difference.”

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All readers are invited to join the campaign by donating their night out on the campaign’s fundraising pagePublished authors who would like to add their names to the campaign should also donate their night out on the campaign page and send an email to hello@gojanegive.org to say, “I’m in!” Their names will be added to the fast-growing list of supporting authors.

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National Book Award winner, Sherman Alexie

All donors are encouraged to post a selfie with a favorite book to the hashtag #Read4Refugees on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to help send a message of compassion for refugees and inspire others to give.

Send press enquiries to josie@gojanegive.org.


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