Buy Protectors, and I’ll buy a new book for Paterson’s new library

photo by Jenny Milchman
photo by Jenny Milchman

My favorite local indie bookstore, Watchung Booksellers, is carrying Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT in trade paperback. (You can also buy it for the Kobo e-reader through their store).

Two years ago, the city of Paterson lost a branch of their library to Hurricane Irene. It hasn’t been rebuilt yet, due to flood zone issues. So there is a campaign to donate new and gently used books to the children of Paterson until their library is rebuilt.

Coincidentally, Watchung Booksellers has a great children’s book section. See where I’m going?

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If you buy Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT through Watchung Booksellers mail-order, I will donate a new children’s book (of your choice, if you’d like) that I will purchase from Watchung Booksellers, and drop off at the donation point at The Montclair Times newspaper. So you’ll be helping two causes- the kids of Paterson, and the kids of America, because 100% of the proceeds benefit PROTECT, the National Association to Protect Children. It has several exclusive stories, including my near-novella size “Black Shuck and the Summer of Blind Joe Death,” and stories by Andrew Vachss, James Reasoner, Joe Lansdale, Ken Bruen, George Pelecanos, Johnny Shaw, Patti Abbott, Roxane Gay (who has a story in The Best American Short Stories of 2012), Tony Black, Wayne Dundee, Charlie Stella, Dan O’Shea… and 30 more.

Simply buy the book online or go to the store. Use my Contact Form to email me and send the receipt, and the title of the children’s book you’d like me to buy. I’ll take a photo of it and send you the receipt, and kids in Paterson will have great books to read, you’ll have 41 great stories to read, and PROTECT will have more cash in their coffers to fight child abuse.

They also carry Lost Children: A Charity Anthology. Buy that as well, and I’ll donate two books.

So, are you in? If you can’t buy the book, spread the word. And thank you!


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