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spence
17-08-05, 13:05
17 August 2005
King, Grisham sell character names
Best-selling authors Stephen King and John Grisham are taking part in a web auction to help promote freedom of speech and expression.

The writers are among 16 authors taking part in the project, which allows buyers to have a character named for them to raise money for the First Amendment Project, based in California.

Details of what each author is offering have been posted on the Internet site ebay. The auctions will take place between 1 September and 25 September.

King is offering the chance to name a character in a book called 'CELL' to be published next year or in 2007.

"Buyer should be aware that 'CELL' is a violent piece of work, which comes complete with zombies set in motion by bad cell phone signals that destroy the human brain," King said.

Legal fiction writer Grisham promised the character whose name he is selling would appear "in a good light" in his next novel.

Other authors taking part include author of 'The Joy Luck Club', Amy Tan, romance writer Nora Roberts and the author of the children's series 'Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events'.

Organisers are hoping to raise between $40,000 and $50,000.

Source (http://www.rte.ie/arts/2005/0817/kings.html)

magic
17-08-05, 13:11
Saves them making up names AND raises money for charity.

Good idea!!