A couple of weeks ago, I was in New York City for the International Thriller Writers annual event, ThrillerFest. I had a blast, and tweeted my way through #ThrillerFest. I was really excited to learn that Karin Slaughter was being presented with the ITW Silver Bullet award.
Hailed by critics as “one of the best crime novelists in America” (The Washington Post), #1 internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter’s signature trademark is her ability to weave unrelenting suspense and provocative human drama into unforgettable stories. Her latest novel FALLEN combines these two elements with razor-sharp precision into a tale of a cop willing to go to extreme lengths to save her family.
Off the page, Slaughter is going to extreme lengths of her own to save our libraries. She is passionately spearheading a multi-faceted fundraising initiative called Save the Libraries (www.SaveTheLibraries.com) to help raise community awareness and support for the needs of public libraries.
Slaughter has long used her writing as a means of social commentary and to explore crucial issues such as prejudices against those with disabilities, racial divides, corruption, and failings in our correctional and justice systems. In FALLEN, these issues are paramount as Will Trent, Sara Linton and Faith Mitchell return and must confront the “thin blue line” that hides police corruption, bribery, even murder. The personal and the criminal collide, and conflicted loyalties threaten to destroy reputations and ruin lives as they search for truth in all its complexities.
The fiscal crisis the entire American Library system is facing: for nearly 85% of children living in rural areas, libraries provide their only access to books outside of school. For urban children, libraries are often their only safe haven to grow and learn. According to the American Library Association, library use increased 23% from 2006-2009, but the 2012 federal budget proposal will cut $20 million from library funding.
The pilot Save the Libraries event at the Dekalb County Public Library in her home state of Georgia, which, with fellow bestselling authors and long time library advocates Kathryn Stockett and Mary Kay Andrews, raised over $50,000 for the 25-branch library.
If you would like to win a copy of FALLEN, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with "FALLEN" as the subject. Make sure to include your name and mailing address in the US or Canada only. This contest is only going to run for a week, so your odds of winning are pretty good - if you enter by August 3, 2011!
Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of eleven thrillers, including Broken, Undone, Fractured, Beyond Reach, Triptych, and Faithless. She is a native of Georgia.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Posted by BookBitch at 7/27/2011 03:03:00 PM