In the spirit of the holidays, publisher Open Books will be holding a special charity drive in honor of Hoosier author Susie Duncan Sexton's paperback release Secrets of an Old Typewriter. Open Books will donate $1 to the Symphony Animal Foundation for every copy sold between December 6 and 9 on all online retailers.
Sexton, an ardent animal rights proponent dedicates a section of the book to the important role that animals and animal rescue have played in her life. Secrets of an Old Typewriter (ISBN 9781452414003) was released in paperback in early September. The prior year, the book was released in a digital edition for all eReaders including Kindle and Nook.
Symphony Animal Foundation (SAF) was founded by Laraine Russo Harper and was inspired by and is named in memory of her two St. Bernards, "Beethoven" and "Mozart". Beethoven worked as a therapy dog for 8 years, and passed at the age of 14 1/2 years. Mozart died of bone cancer at age of 11. Symphony Animal Foundation is a no kill facility which provides a safe haven for all animals.
SAF board member Bob Wannberg commented, "This is so very appreciated! Our five acre facility just opened, and we should be able to handle at least 100 animals or so. Our ten acre permanent facility has pads already down, we already have horses at the five acre, one-year lease facility, and someone is living on the property full-time. This will help us tremendously as we need food, supplies, etc... what we had has been greatly diminished because of taking care of our fosters. We also are very short on spay/neuter. This support and awareness mean the world to us!"
To participate in this event, order Secrets of an Old Typewriter in paperback online between December 6 and 9. At the conclusion of the event, Open Books will tally the books sold during that period and send a contribution to the Symphony Animal Foundation. The gift will be made in memory of Bob's late brother, the Los Angeles-based poet Scott Wannberg.
Susie Duncan Sexton grew up in Columbia City, Indiana. After graduating twelfth in her class at Ball State University (winning the first ever John R. Emens award for "most outstanding senior"), she returned to Columbia City where she has worked as a teacher, a museum curator, a publicist and a health lecturer.
She currently writes monthly columns Old Type Writer for local blog Talk of the Town and Homeward Angle for the Columbia City Post and Mail newspaper. She has contributed to the literary journal Moronic Ox, and her poetry was selected by Wayne State professor M.L. Liebler to be featured in Poetic Resonance Imaging: Behind the Door. She also has been featured in Writing Raw and InD'tale magazines. Her first book Secrets of an Old Typewriter (ISBN 9781452414003) was released as an ebook by Open Books (www.open-bks.com) in September 2011, and the book has now been issued in paperback (September 2012). www.susieduncansexton.com.
Find out more about Symphony Animal Foundation at www.symphonyanimalfoundation.org.