Writing Community Unites to Write "Stories of Strength" for Disaster Relief

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Featuring writing from Orson Scott Card, Wil Wheaton, Robin Lee Hatcher, and others. Born in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, this anthology shares stories about what it takes to beat the odds. More than 100 writers worldwide contributed essays, fiction, and poetry to raise money for disaster relief efforts.

As they watched the coverage of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, writers who had gathered on the AbsoluteWrite.com message boards decided not to sit by helplessly any longer. Instead, they set their pens and keyboards to work-- writing uplifting essays, short fiction, and poetry on the theme of “strength.” The result is the 333-page anthology Stories of Strength, with 100 percent of the proceeds to go to disaster relief charities, including the Red Cross, Americares, and the Salvation Army.

Headed by Jenna Glatzer, author of acclaimed Celine Dion biography For Keeps, this project attracted contributions from many well-known writers, including a story and an original hymn by award-winning science fiction novelist Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game), an essay by famed actor Wil Wheaton (Star Trek, Stand By Me), and a short story from Christian romance author Robin Lee Hatcher (Whispers from Yesterday).

With more than 100 pieces from writers all over the world, and the gracious efforts of prominent editors and graphic designers, Stories of Strength is a tribute to the human spirit: celebrating true stories of courage and endurance in challenging situations that range from the death of a child to living through natural disasters, to smaller-scale trials, like dealing with returning an overdue book to the local Library Troll.

Alternating between tear-jerking and humorous, Stories of Strength is guaranteed to inspire and remind readers that the human spirit knows no boundaries.

“Many people have said they plan to order copies for everyone on their holiday list,” says Jenna Glatzer. “What a fantastic way to give a present that also helps people rebuild their lives.”

The writers hope to turn their words into sizeable long-term contributions to disaster relief charities. In addition to the writers’ donations, publishing company Lulu (http://www.lulu.com) is generously donating its profits from the project. Lulu will also donate several media review copies.

Most writers are available for interviews, readings, and book signings.

Ordering details are at http://www.storiesofstrength.com.

The book will be available to order direct from Lulu on November 1, 2005, and available to order from bookstores worldwide soon thereafter.

The writers hope to reinforce the power bloggers and community newspaper journalists have shown in publicizing great projects. This is a grassroots effort that depends on word-of-mouth and word-of-web publicity. The writers aim to raise a minimum of $100,000 toward disaster relief.

Book details:

Stories of Strength

Editor/Publisher: Jenna Glatzer

Publishing services provided by Lulu

ISBN: 1-4116-5503-6

Release date: November 1, 2005

333 pages

Price: $15.95

6.0 x 9.0 in., Perfect-bound, 60# cream interior paper, black and white interior ink, 100# white exterior paper, full-color (CMYK) exterior

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