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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Silent Auction - Quill & Quire Magazine, November 2008

I want to do an auction similar to what I did last year with my pen sketch of Michael Ondaatje. Here's a link to that to refresh your memory:

Here's the story this time around.

In the November 2008 edition of Quill & Quire I have an event photo that was published. It is of Kerry Pither's Ottawa book launch in which Maher Arar is pictured at the signing table. I took the magazine to Monia Mazigh's own book launch a few weeks ago to get the copy signed by some of the figures present that evening with the intention of auctioning the copy of this magazine.

I was so impressed by author Kerry Pither's promise that 'any Dark Days profits made by the author will be donated to Amnesty International Canada.'

Inspired by Kerry Pither, I want to donate 50% of the proceeds from this auction to Amnesty International Canada as well. Please email me at to give me your bids. I will keep your name anonymous unless you request otherwise. Let's start the bidding at $5.95 shall we? (It's the cost of the magazine.)

Please contact me, by Thursday 25 November 2008 by 11:59pm EST with your best offer. You have seven days starting 18 November, ending the 25th of November.

Bid starts at $5.95 CDN. I take and cash or cheque. 50% of proceeds from this auction with benefit the Amnesty International Canada. Thanks for your support!

The signatures are indicated on the photo on the flickr page here:

- Kerry Pither, author of Dark Days: The Story of Four Canadians Tortured in the Name of Fighting Terror.
- Monia Mazigh, author of Hope and Despair: My Struggle to Free My Husband, Maher Arar.
- Maher Arar, Canadian citizen who was detained and tortured in a Syrian prison.
- Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada.
- Susan Renouf, of McClelland & Stewart Books.

(if you have a blog or other public forum please feel free to promote this auction on my behalf.)

The 'auction' is over. The starting bid of $5.95 was not enough of a teaser I suppose. Maybe I should have started the bidding off at $595.00? That's the thing about these things, you never know if lighting will strike twice. It sounded like a good idea at the time. Thanks to Kate Heartfield and Kathryn Hunt who helped promote this for me on their blogs.


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