Phoebe Morgan, editorial director at HarperCollins, is appealing to the publishing industry to support her charity auction ‘Books for Vaccines’, with 50 prizes already confirmed.
Morgan is seeking prizes and financial donations for the auction which will raise money for Care International, a global charity providing support and vaccines to countries hardest hit by Covid. The auction will run from 7th to 21st May.
The editorial director at HarperCollins told The Bookseller: “I wanted to run this auction after being inspired by the brilliant initiatives of Books To Nourish and Authors for Grenfell — it follows a similar format and so at the moment we are looking for auction items from across the publishing industry.
The industry has responded enthusiastically to the ‘Books for Vaccines’ call-out launched on Thursday (29th April), she said. “So far the reaction has been amazing,” Morgan said. “I always think of this industry as a very supportive and generous place and I’m so grateful to everyone who has donated, we have about 50 items so far but would love more. Auction lots can be signed books, book bundles, 1-2-1s from literary agents for aspiring writers, Zoom mentoring sessions or phone calls from anyone in the industry who has time to spare to help someone trying to get a foot in the door, particularly tricky at the moment and basically anything of value that is book related." Morgan revealed she has now received a high volume of offers for signed books so is particularly keen to hear for other offers of prizes.
She added: “All eligible items will be uploaded to the site by the time bidding goes live next week on May 7th and the auction will then run until 21st May, with bidders encouraged to place their highest bids in order to raise as much money as possible for this cause.”
Morgan, also a thriller writer, was inspired to take action after seeing how India has experienced a devastating second wave of Covid-19, with overcrowded hospitals and crematoriums overwhelmed, and compounded by shortages of oxygen and medicines. “I feel heartbroken by the situation in India, the pandemic has been so hard for everyone and when I see the UK situation improve, I know that this is not the case everywhere and imagine how awful it would be to not have access to the healthcare we have in the UK,” she said. Care International works with 104 countries around the world and Morgan hopes the auction will help support countries experiencing problematic vaccine roll-out.
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