What is Books for The Beat?
A fundraiser where everyone benefits. Here's why:
* Local authors share their work with a wider community and support young incarcerated writers.
* And YOU receive an autographed book. Keep it as a present to yourself or give it away as a socially-responsible gift.
How Does It Work?
We are thrilled that authors have donated signed copies of their books to this important cause. See below and to the left for a partial list of authors.
For a $20 donation, you receive a thank-you copy of The Beat Within. (Read on to learn more about this local non-profit organization)
For a $50 donation, you receive a book and the good feeling that comes from donating to a worthy cause.
For $75, you get a book, a copy of The Beat and even more of that good feeling.
For $500, you get all of the above, plus coffee with a local author.
For $1,000, you get it all, plus a personal visit to a Beat Within workshop.
All donations are tax-deductible and include the cost of shipping and packaging of books. Proceeds go directly to support the program in
Smaller and larger donations gratefully accepted.
Special note to authors: Want to join your fellow Bay Area authors by donating books? We’d love to have them. Contact Books4Beat@gmail.com for mailing directions.
So glad you asked!
Thirteen years ago, The Beat Within was founded in
The mission is to provide incarcerated youth with consistent opportunity to share their ideas and life experiences in a safe space that encourages literacy, self-reflection, critical thinking skills, non-violence and healthy, supportive relationships with adults and their community.
Originally, their work was printed in a 6-page magazine, which was brought back to them the following week. For some, it was the first positive recognition they ever received that they had a voice worthy of an audience.
Today, this mission continues. The Beat Within staff and volunteers hold weekly workshops in many
Here's what participants have to say:
Who’s on board for this amazing fundraiser?
Wow! We are thrilled that so many Bay Area authors understand the power of helping kids express themselves through words and art. See the list on the left for more participating authors. The list keeps growing.
Susie Bright, blogger and author of many books, including her latest, X: The Erotic Treasury
Laurie King, Edgar-award winner, bestselling mystery writer & Santa Cruz Artist of the Year.
Paul Fleischman, Newbery-award winning author of wonderful books for kids and teens
John Hubner, journalist and author of Last Chance in
Micah Perks, author and co-director of the UCSC creative writing program
Karen Joy Fowler, author of the bestseller, The Jane Austen Book Club
Katherine Ellison, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and author of The Mommy Brain
Elizabeth McKenzie, author of Stop That Girl, and other fiction
Jill Wolfson, Beat Within facilitator and author of young adult fiction
Minal Hajratwala, author of Leaving India: My Family's Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents
Yes! I Want to Help
You can donate through Paypal by clicking here.
Or mail a check (please note
The Beat Within
Kim Nelson, development officer
Questions? We are happy to answer them at Books4Beat@gmail.com