Early in 2011
I hope this finds you very well in 2011.
Only 21 days to reach our goal! And, still, lots of money to raise. With the new year, I feel energized and optimistic that we can do it with all of your help. Please spread the word!
Now, a little news from the Veterans Book Project: I am currently in New York writing, reading and preparing for the spring workshops. As I review the books we made in 2010, and continue to read news as both wars continue, I am motivated for the next six months of bookmaking. Our first 2011 workshop is at the Minneapolis VA Hospital in February. Four veterans living with traumatic brain injuries will participate. In late February, the team heads west to Colorado Springs, CO, and then San José, CA. We are returning to the Bay Area upon the request of former bookmakers, Pamela Olson and Mary-Ann Rich, who are busy organizing a second workshop. Then we move forward with our East Coast workshop tour starting in late March. All the while, we continue to field many inquiries from enthusiastic organizations and individuals wanting to make books.
As for January, we are taking a break from workshops but a lot is still happening:
1. Over the holidays, Jesse’s book was reviewed by Yale Cohn:
2. Mary-Ann’s writing was just published in:
3. We are organizing activities and making books with the Iraqi American Reconciliation Project. To learn more about them and their incredible mission, check out their website:
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Loads of gratitude and Kickstarter updates (don't worry, there will be less updates than gratitude).
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Looking for a holiday gift idea? Consider donating to the Veterans Book Project on behalf of a loved one. We have added a holiday reward at the $20 level; a 8x10 print from project author Drew Cameron. When you donate, tell us the contact information of your gift recipient and we’ll mail them the reward.
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A twenty-five dollar donation buys a spot on our website's donor list and an arm full of gratitude. Every bit helps!
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A special reward just added to see us through to our goal! Donate $35 and receive a very special book co-authored by Nancy and Riley Sharbonno, mother and son.
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A fifty dollar donation buys an original poem from a Project author. Frame it on your wall, read it at your book club, or show it off to your grandma. It's all yours! Your name will also be included on our website's donor list.
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This is a limited-edition offer: a one hundred dollar donation buys a hand-thrown ceramic cup by Project authors, and ceramic artist, Ehren Tool, who writes, "cups are on the correct scale to talk about war" - at home and personal and potentially long-lasting. Or a ceramic piece by Project author and artist, Jesse Albrecht. Your name will also be included on our website's donor list.
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A two hundred and fifty dollar donation buys you a book from the Veterans Book Project signed by its author and mailed to you with love and gratitude from all of us. Your name will also be included on our website's donor list.
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A five hundred dollar donation buys you an original poem by a Project author, printed on handmade Combat Paper. http://www.combatpaper.org/. It also buys you a book of your choice from the Veterans Book Project. Your name will also be included on our website's donor list.
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A one thousand dollar donation buys a signed copy from the almost sold-out, first edition of "Riley and his story." The Veterans Book Project team will make up a jingle with your name in the first stanza... and second and third. Seriously, the book will be delivered with tremendous gratitude. Your name will also be included on our website's donor list.
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A five thousand dollar donation not only fulfills over seventy percent of our goal, it helps us sustain the current forward momentum of the project. This gift is rewarded with all the exaltation and adoration we've got (and as grant-funded artists, we've got a lot!). Your name will be included on our website's donor list, as well as etched into the memories of all people who know and love this project. As a small token of appreciation, you'll receive a box set of five books (of your choice) from the collection.
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