November 7th, 2010

News: The Carl Brandon Society eReader Drawing

I don't usually write about drawings held on other websites, but when I was introduced to The Carl Brandon Society I was intrigued.  It's an organization dedicated to increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of writers of science fiction and fantasy. 

Right now they are having a raffle for five eReaders - two Barnes & Noble Nooks, two Kobo Readers, and one Alex eReader from Spring Design - ending November 22nd.   Funds raised will go to the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship*.    Each eReader will come pre-loaded with books, short stories, poems and essays by writers of color from the speculative fiction field. Some of the writers include N. K. Jemisin, Nisi Shawl, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Terence Taylor, Ted Chiang, Shweta Narayan, Chesya Burke, Moondancer Drake, Saladin Ahmed, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, and there will be many more.

The drawing’s tickets will cost one dollar US ($1) and can be purchased at Entrants may purchase an unlimited number of tickets, which will be available from November 5, 2010 through November 22nd, 2010. Sales will close at 11:59PM EDT on November 22nd. Winners will be drawn randomly from a digital “hat” and announced online.

Check it out!  It's for a good cause, and hey! You might just win a shiny new eReader!

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* About the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship :
Established in 2006 after the author’s passing, the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship provides funds to writers of color accepted to the Clarion and Clarion West writers workshops. The scholarship has been awarded every year since 2007 to a total of seven students. The fund allows the Carl Brandon Society to further the author’s legacy by providing the same experience/opportunity that Octavia had to future generations of new writers of color. In addition to her stint as a student at the original Clarion Writers Workshop in Pennsylvania in 1970, Octavia taught several times for Clarion West in Seattle, Washington, and Clarion in East Lansing, Michigan (now located in San Diego, California), giving generously of her time to a cause she believed in.