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Give Books 2012

Is there a better time than the holiday season to promote reading and support the literary community? LitChat has gathered a group of readers, authors and publishing professionals in a celebration of giving and receiving, all wrapped around the things that tie us together: Books.

LitChat is hosting its 4th annual Twitter book auction on December 1, 2012 from 7-10 p.m.ET.

Authors who are donating signed books include: Robert Goolrick, Heading Out to WonderfulMitch Albom, The TimekeeperLydia Netzer, Shine, Shine, Shine; Erika Robuck, Hemingway’s Girl, Jacqueline E. Luckett, a two-book special including Searching for Tina Turner and Passing Love; the complete John Claude Bemis collection, including The Prince Who Fell From the Sky and all three titles from his Clockwork Dark trilogy of children’s fantasy; Laurie Frankel, Goodbye For Now; Julie Klam, Friendkeeping; David Abrams, Fobbit. Plus, look for these additional services provided by leading publishing professionals: A query critique from literary agent Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management; a membership in Backspace, the premier forum for serious writers.

You don’t need to be a member of Twitter to participate in the #GiveBooks auction. If you’d like to bid on one of the auctions, but don’t have a Twitter account, simply email us at twitchat<a>gmail<.>com with title of book and your highest bid. We’ll assign a proxy to bid for you. If you win the auction, we’ll notify you when/where to submit your donation payment.

Additional #GiveBooks activities in which you can participate through the month of December is #litpicks2012 hashtag to generate a LitChat follower’s list of favorite books from 2012. We’ll generate a list of #litpicks2012, tally them up, and announce the top 10 #litchat follower favorites on December 28, 2012.

The #GiveBooks Auction for Literacy features books donated and signed by authors and will take place through Twitter on December 1, 2012, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. All proceeds from the Twitter auction will go directly to LitChat’s adopted charity, Reader to Reader.

Reader-To-Reader is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to expanding literacy and learning opportunities for the nation’s most chronically underserved and vulnerable communities, including inner-city schools, Native American reservations, and poor rural towns. Reader to Reader accomplishes this primarily through innovative literacy programs, book and computer donation programs, and the development of partnerships with schools districts that extend the boundaries and capacity of the education system to transform struggling students into joyful and engaged lifelong learners.

Our first three LitChat Charity Auctions held live through Twitter (2009, 2010 and 2011) have raised more than $3,500 for children’s literacy charities.

LitChat is a community of readers, writers and publishing professionals who meet for through Twitter each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4 p.m. ET for lively book conversation.

Founded and moderated by Carolyn Burns Bass in January 2009, LitChat’s first online chat occurred February 2, 2009. Our first author guest host, Eric Barnes, appeared for a #litchat on March 6, 2009. In subsequent months we have given the twit-mic to hundreds authors to promote their books and connect with readers through this extraordinary, quick-paced platform called Twitter. We invite you to help us promote book sales, reading and literacy charity through LitChat’s #GiveBooks campaign throughout the month of December.



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