An anonymous bidder has paid over $1,000 to see his or her name appear at
least once in the next published work of fiction by author Lorrie Moore '78.
The e-Bay auction, in which 14 authors are participating, benefits the First
Amendment Project (FAP), a nonprofit organization "dedicated to protecting and
promoting freedom of information, expression, and petition. FAP provides
advice, educational materials and legal representation to its core
constituency of activists, journalists and artists in service of these
fundamental liberties." The winning bid in the auction, which ended September
24, 2006, was $1,136.01; it bought, according to Moore, "Your name will appear
at least once in my next work of published fiction."
Moore opened the 2005-2006 Writers Series at St. Lawrence, which celebrated the
University's Sesquicentennial. In 2005, Moore was selected to receive the
PEN/Malamud Award, given annually since 1988 in honor of the late Bernard
Malamud to recognize a body of work which demonstrates excellence in the
art of short fiction. Moore, who received an honorary degree from
St. Lawrence and spoke at
Commencement in 2004,
has written fiction, reviews and essays a number of prominent publications.
She is the author of two novels and three collections of stories, the most
recent of which, Birds of America, was a National Book Critics' Circle
Award Finalist and the winner of the Irish Times International Prize for
Literature. She has also edited several anthologies and written two children's
books. In 2004 she was awarded
the Rea Award for achievement in the short story. Moore teaches at the
University of Wisconsin.
More information: The First
Amendment Project Web site
Posted: September 28, 2006