Authors really are wonderful people! When one of the authors in the Extinct anthology proposed donating some of the proceeds to a charity, everyone jumped in with suggestions. Mind you, not one suggestion was 'No.'
Literacy and endangered animal charities quickly rose to the top as it became clear a relevant cause would make it easier for readers to see the connection between the charity and the book. So when the Australian contigency of authors quite vocally promoted the idea we put resources toward the endangered Tasmanian devil, the rest of us unanimously agreed.
Tasmanian devils are such a unique and iconic animal! Yet their population has been in rapid decline, having lost an estimated 80% in the past 15 years. A highly contagious Devil Facial Tumour Disease -- one of just a few cancers in any species that can be spread among individuals through contact such as biting -- is taking a devastating toll. Stop the disease and save a species. Here's an opportunity to prevent an extinction through proper disease management, selective breeding and the eventual rewilding of healthy insurance populations across Tasmania where the devils are needed for keeping fox populations in check.
The 19 authors of the Extinct anthology and myself hope you'll help support the work of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program. From July 1 through 15 all proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the devils. If you've already bought the book (thank you!), consider gifting a copy to your high school or library.
On the fence about whether to participate? Ask yourself this important question: What would Bugs do?
|Art design by Kyle Aisteach, Extinct author.|