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A really rich life
Bruce Rutledge
August 22, 2020

We are launching an environmental imprint
Bruce Rutledge
August 3, 2020

Announcing our autobiographical novel writing contest
Bruce Rutledge
July 24, 2020

Discover Nikkei reviews Persimmon and Frog
Bruce Rutledge
May 13, 2020

For Ellis
David Rutledge
April 9, 2020

A Review of The Italian Barrel, 1240 Decatur
David Rutledge
March 30, 2020

Report from the French Quarter
David Rutledge
March 25, 2020

A Vida Count of Our Very Own
Tracy Wang
October 25, 2017

Bookshelves: the Ideal, the DIY, and the Real Life
Emmaline Cotter
June 5, 2017

Eggnog, Hot Cider, Mulled Wine, and What Else?
Jin Chang
December 15, 2016

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Books for Katrina-hit New Orleans Schools
David Jacobson
May 25, 2011

One of the tragic legacies of Hurricane Katrina was that it left more than 80 percent of New Orleans schools damaged. And in the worst hit parts of town, so many books were destroyed, that books average only 1 per 300 children!

So now some are stepping in to fill the NOLA book deficit. Earlier this week, on her third-to-last broadcast, television personality and bookselling goddess Oprah Winfrey organized a huge book drive for underprivileged kids nationwide. The 20,000 audience members attending the screening donated more than 25,000 books, earmarking more than 1,100 to be sent to the kids at the KIPP Believe College Preparatory Academy in New Orleans (a video about which appeared on the broadcast).

And (the organization that helped organize the wildly successful Paper Cranes for Japan project which we wrote about here), is conducting what it calls an Epic Book Drive. Organizers are encouraging schools around the country to collect used books, which they can ship free of charge to New Orleans and to be placed in school libraries. If you’re interested in participating, act fast, as the school that collects the most books by June 15, will win a $1000 donation to its school library, and a free pizza party for the entire school.

So far, more than 2.2 million books have been pledged!

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