Saturday, November 25, 2017

Our second foam core poster auction-sale to raise money for disaster relief in Puerto Rico

We're doing another poster auction this weekend, from today (Small Business Saturday) through Tuesday (which is Giving Tuesday). Publishers periodically provide us with these blow-up book jackets and advertisements to promote new releases and upcoming events, and though we use many of them to decorate Boswell, we just can't showcase them all.

We get numerous requests from customers about their availability so in September, we decided to raise money for a charity to benefit Hurricane Harvey rebuilding by auctioning them off. It was successful enough that we're doing it again, this time raising money for Unidos, the fund from the Hispanic Federation offering help to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Here's how it works. If you decide you're interested in a poster, we'll place a bid for you for whatever amount you want. There's no minimum. After Tuesday, the high bidder will be contacted. You'll have up to a week to pick up the poster. After that, we'll contact the second highest bidder. Because you're making a purchase from us, there is tax on your purchase so factor that into the equation. And then we'll donate the entire amount (except for the tax, which we give to the government) to Unidos.

We wound up donating over $700 to the Greater Houston Foundation. This time we've offered up 77 foam core posters and three cardboard standees for purchase. Several of them are signed. Several of the authors already have posters displayed that we're already keeping. Here's the complete list:

1. A Family Affair, by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
2. A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler
3. Arthur and George, by Julian Barnes
4. Blueberry Muffin Murder, by Joanne Fluke (signed)
5. Brave Enough, by Cheryl Strayed
6. Building Stories, by Chris Ware
7. Celebrate, by Lauren Conrad
8. Children Playing Before a Statue, by David Sedaris (signed)
9. Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff
10. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, by Haruki Murakami
11. Countdown, by Alan Weisman
12. Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate
13. Dog Man, by Dav Pilkey (stand)
14. Dragons Love Tacos 2, by Adam Rubin
15. Fallout, by Sara Paretsky
16. Family Furnishings, by Alice Munro
17. Gumption, by Nick Offerman
18. Hellhound on His Trail, by Hampton Sides
19. Here We Are, by Kelly Jensen (edited)
20. Heroes and Heretics, by Thomas Cahill
21. Hold Me, by Sally Mann
22. House of Unexpected Sisters, by Alexander McCall Smith (dupe)
23. How to Set a Fire and Why, by Jesse Ball
24. Hungry Heart, by Jennifer Weiner
25. I Regret Nothing, by Jen Lancaster
26. I Wear the Black Hat, by Chuck Klosterman
27. Inferno , by Dan Brown
28. Just Fly Away, by Andrew McCarthy
29. Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
30. Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures, by Emma Straub
31. Let Me Be Frank with You, by Richard Ford
32. Let's Pretend this Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson
33. Love Dishonor Marry, by David Rakoff
34. Mighty Jack, by Ben Hatke
35. Missoula, by Jon Krakauer
36. Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule, by Jennifer Chiaverini
37. On the Move, by Oliver Sacks
38. One Summer, by Bill Bryson
39. Prudence, by David Treuer
40. Raising Cubby, by John Elder Robison
41. Secrets of Eden, by Chris Bohjalian
42. Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson
43. Testimony, by Scott Turow
44. The 3D Body Revolution, by Donald Driver
45. The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell
46. The Circle, by Dave Eggers
47. The Double, by George Pelecanos
48. The Drifter, by Nick Petrie
49. The Dust that Falls from Dream, by Louis de Bernieres
50. The Future of the Mind, by Michio Kaku
51. The Girl in the Spider's Web, by David Lagercrantz
52. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
53. The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica
54. The Heart Goes Last, by Margaret Atwood
55. The Inferno, by Javier Marias
56. The King Is Always Above the People, by Daniel Alarcón
57. The Lake Shore Limited, by Sue Miller
58. The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan
59. The Marvels, by Brian Selznick
60. The Muralist, by B.A. Shapiro
61. The Nix, by Nathan Hill
62. The Perfect Stranger, by Megan Miranda
63. The Romanovs, by Simon Sebag Montefiore
64. The Serpent of Venice, by Christopher Moore
65. The Snowman, by Jo Nesbo
66. The Soul Thief, by Charles Baxter
67. The Spellmans Strike Again, by Lisa Lutz
68. The Strange Library, by Haruki Murakami
69. The Summer's End, by Mary Alice Monroe
70. The Tilted World, by Tom Franklin/Beth Ann Fennelly
71. The Valley of Amazement, by Amy Tan
72. The Yard, by Alex Grecian
73. Tigerman, by Nick Harkaway
74. To Dwell in Darkness, by Deborah Crombie
75. Trash, by Dorothy Allison (signed)
76. Two if By Sea, by Jacquelyn Mitchard
77. Vampires in the Lemon Grove, by Karen Russell
78. Villa Incognito, by Tom Robbins (signed)
79. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, by Nathan Englander
80. You Are Here, by Chris Hadfield
81. You Don't Love Me Yet, by Jonathan Lethem (signed)

No mailouts, alas. And of course, you can always donate directly without buying a poster. Here's a link to Unidos Disaster Relief and Recovery Program to Support Puerto Rico.

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