The Canadian Unity Fan Fund is looking for nominees to run for a visit to SFContario 6 in Toronto in November. Fans who wish to nominate should contact administrator Debra Yeung before May 31 and need three nominators from Eastern Canada and three from Western Canada. Voting will run through the month of June.
Operation Baen Bulk and Brain&Brain Press are leading Operation Baen Bulk to send Kindle electronic book readers to rehab and recovery centers for injured soldiers. The organization is hoping to raise enough money to donate Kindles preloaded with 500 titles to soldiers who are recuperating from injuries. In 2013, Operation Baen Bulk raised more than $5,000 and donated 80 Kindles.
After 20 years of being the auctioneer for the James Tiptree, Jr. Awards fundraiser at Wiscon, Ellen Klages has announced her retirement. Klages explains that mundane aging, as well as a back injury, have convinced her it it time to turn the auctioneering over to someone else.
Artist and potter Peri Charlifu found himself in the hospital in March with a dissolving and gangrenous appendix. A GoFundMe has been started to help Charlifu with his medical and other bills as he is in the middle of planning a wedding and his hospitalization means he can’t work on pottery or attend cons and shows to sell his work. Charlifu was recently an Artist Guest of Honor at Windycon 41.
Nina Horvath of Austria narrowly defeated Wolf von Wittig of Finland, Sweden, Russia, and Italy in TAFF voting, with one of the candidates polling better in Europe and the other in America, but both easily achieving the 20% threshold to be considered a winner. Horvath will travel to the US to attend Sasquan in August.
Author Alis Rasmussen is hosting a YouCaring fundraiser to raise money to help author Katharine Kerr care for her husband, Howard, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Kerr’s solo care for her husband currently precludes her from writing and the funds raised by the crowdfunding would go to pay for a “health aide to come to the house or an adult daycare specifically designed for Alzheimer’s patients.” THe stated funding goal would cover about five months of care.
The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced the winner of its first Diverse Writers Grant and Diverse Worlds Grant. Both grants were won by Madhvi Ramani, who grew up in London and currently lives in Berlin. Each grant is for $500. The Diverse Writers Grant offers support to new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing/publishing process. The Diverse Worlds Grant is presented for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background. Ramani submitted her story “Zafir, the Saudi Superhero” for consideration.
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Baen Books has announced that in honor of Veteran’s Day, they are releasing an e-book entitled The Many Deaths of Joe Buckley. Half of the proceeds from the volume will go to Operation Baen Bulk, which provides reading material for US troops. The other half of the proceeds will go to ReadAssist, which provides access to books for disabled readers. Joe Buckley is a character who has appeared in numerous books published by Baen and almost always is either killed or comes close to death. He has appeared in works by David Weber, John Ringo, Eric Flint, Sarah Hoyt, Travis Taylor, and others. This charity volume collects a variety of Joe Buckley death scenes.