Posted on 11/01/2018 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Several big-name authors are using their fame to improve the lives of torture victims.

The Guardian reports that Lee Child has joined Margaret Atwood, Joanna Trollope, and others in offering naming rights to a character in a future novel as an auction prize to benefit Freedom from Torture.

Another literary prize at the November 15 event: the chance to commission a piece of art by Quentin Blake, who famously illustrated Roald Dahl’s works.

(Character-naming bids can be placed online, if you won’t be in London this month.)

According to the Guardian, opening bids are set at £150 to £250 ($195 to $325), though obviously the naming rights are expected to go for far more.

For example, the highest bid in the 2016 event was £2,500 (about $3,250) to be a character in an Ian McEwan novel.

Categories: Today in Books

Tagged As: Contests, The Guardian

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