The bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon affected the Pacific Northwest bookloving community; authors, booksellers, and readers were there.
Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dance teacher in Boston, and her husband Adam Davis were victims of the second bomb. Adrianne lost her left foot and part of her leg. Adam was injured with shrapnel. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we don't just know and care about Adrianne because of her inspiring post-Boston appearances on the news, on Anderson Cooper, and on Dancing with the Stars; we know her as the daughter of Chauni Haslet, former owner of All For Kids Books & Music in Seattle (which closed in 2008).
Local author Mary Jane Beaufrand (who was a bookseller at All for Kids once upon a time) has been snapping upbeat photos of folks all over the Pacific Northwest holding an “All for Boston” sign to lift the spirits of Adrianne and others who might need it.
Now Mary Jane, University Book Store, and three other children's book authors team up to raise money for Adrianne and Adam and others most affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.
On Friday, May 17 at 7:00, University Book Store will host an All for Boston fundraiser.
Celebrate Children's Book Week and help out victims of the Boston Marathon bombing all at once. Meet Katherine Pryor, author of picture book Sylvia's Spinach; Kim Baker, author of the middle grade novel Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School; Laura Kvasnosky, author of the early chapter books featuring Zelda and Ivy; and Mary Jane Beaufrand, author of Primavera and Dark River, an atmospheric mystery for teens.
The event is free and open to the public. University Book Store will donate 10% of the sales during the event to split between Adrianne's Fund and the One Fund Boston.