Your Name Here: Authors Auction Character Names In 1st Amendment Funder

By: E&P Staff

To raise money for the First Amendment Project, book authors ranging from horror writer Stephen King to egghead Dave Eggers to cult favorite Chuck Palahniuk are auctioning off the chance to choose the name of a character in their upcoming books.

The auction will be run through eBay Giving Works, the online auction’s charity listing site, beginning Sept. 1 and closing Sept. 25.

First Amendment Project, a 12-year-old organization that provides free legal services to journalist and writers on free press and free speech issues, said in its announcement of the auction that it is “struggling financially and in serious danger of closing.”

Author Michael Chabon, a member of the group’s advisory board, organized the effort, inspired by Neil Gaiman, who auctioned off the name of a cruise liner in his upcoming novel Anansi Boys and donated the proceed to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Authors auctioning character names include Dorothy Allison, Chabon, Eggers, Karen Joy Fowler, Gaiman, Andrew Sean Greer, John Grisham, King, Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody, ZZ Packer, Palahniuk, Nora Roberts, Lemony Snicket, Peter Straub, Amy Tan, and Ayelet Waldman.

The auction is on eBay at www.ebay.com/fap.

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