Dear Friends,

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT- while visibly very American - was in a large part inspired by the children of Uganda, many of whom are orphaned by AIDS while others have been displaced due to past civil war. My family has developed strong connections to that country and its children over the past 6 years.

To celebrate the release of the book and honor those beautiful children, I decided to hold this online auction  to benefit literacy in Africa and a library at Musana Children's Home in Iganga, Uganda where I worked last summer.

I'm coordinating this effort with the volunteers for an amazing Peace Corps project called Libraries for Life - which is providing books for libraries in designated Ugandan schools. The project is being administered by, not only the Peace Corps, but also the Books for Africa organization. And Musana has been designated as one of the recipient libraries.

Please know that each and every day I continue to support public libraries, school libraries and literacy programs here in the U.S. But this auction will reach across the ocean to benefit efforts abroad.

I know all of you, as caring and generous as you are, have your own special passions and causes. So I don't want you to feel any pressure here, especially during such difficult economic times. But if, by chance, this project of mine touches you in any way, I hope you can participate in some way - big or small.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Please feel free to share this with anyone who may be interested.