In the wake of the terrorist attack on the offices of France’s Charlie Hebdo, Publishers Weekly created a special Tribute to Freedom of Expression section in its January 19, 2015, issue. Members of the publishing community supported the magazine’s “Je Suis Charlie” efforts by agreeing to make contributions to five organizations that are at the forefront of free speech efforts, including the American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE).
At Winter Institute 10, Publishers Weekly presented ABFE with a check for $13,600, a portion of the more than $40,000 raised.
“Booksellers are enormously grateful to Publishers Weekly for its leadership following the attack on Charlie Hebdo,” said ABFE Director Chris Finan. “The tribute section allowed the entire publishing community to express its strong support for free speech, and the money it raised will help make it possible for the American Booksellers for Free Expression and other free speech groups to continue their work."
Other beneficiaries of PW’s efforts were:
- International Federation of Library Associations
- International Publishers Association
- National Coalition Against Censorship
- PEN International
ABFE also benefitted from the generosity of illustrators who donated works of art and authors who signed five Winter Institute posters that were auctioned off during Wi10’s Wednesday night Author Reception.
The poster was signed by the following 98 authors, who took part in the reception or who were featured speakers at a Wi10 plenary session.
Naja Marie Aidt
Samuél L. Barrantes
T. C. Boyle
Jennifer Pharr Davis
Margaret Lazarus Dean
Kelly Loy Gilbert
Garth Risk Hallberg
Jacky Colliss Harvey
Maria Dahvana Headley
T. Geronimo Johnson
Judith Claire Mitchell
Pam Muñoz Ryan
Gillian Zoe Segal
Tamara Ireland Stone
Nova Ren Suma