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The Gift of Immortality on Ebay

 Holidays come and go and few remember what gifts they received the previous year, although certain unique presents are remembered for a lifetime. This season it is possible to give the perfect present, the gift of immortality. But you must act quickly as the offer expires December 27, 2011.

The First Amendment Project has assembled a group of thirty prominent authors of different genres who are auctioning character names in future projects on eBay. Among opportunities available at the auction, which can be found at include the opportunity to be immortalized as a character in the next episode of the hit Showtime series, “Weeds” In addition to the character name, the winning bidder in the “Weeds” auction will receive a signed copy of the pilot script, the box set of DVDs of the first five seasons of the series and a “Weeds” baseball cap. Bidders will also have the chance to be an FBI agent or a stripper with a heart of gold in the next entry in Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series; a villain or a victim in Thomas Perry’s next entry in the Jane Whitefield series, a wounded World War I soldier or drunken Bohemian in Andrew Sean Greer’s next novel, as a character in a new musical by Janet Burroway, or a character in a cartoon series by Ben Katchor, Chris Ware or T Campbell. Young adult authors Dan Gutman and Kevin J. Anderson are offering character names in the next entries in their Baseball Card Adventures and Star Challengers series, respectively, and Anastasia Blackwell offers readers opportunity to run away with the circus in her new romantic suspense novel/screenplay.

The auction, which began on November 26, is scheduled in tiers, with final bidding on December 27th. Participating authors include Jenji Kohan, Andrew Sean Greer, Ayelet Waldman, Ben Katchor, Chris Ware, Dan Chaon, Dan Gutman, Dave Eggers, Derek Haas, Elinor Lipman, Francine Prose, Jane Smiley, Janet Burroway, Joshua Ferris, Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta, Lorrie Moore, Margot Livesey, Mona Simpson, Nami Mun, Patrick DeWitt, Phillip Margolin, Rick Moody, Robert Mailer Anderson, Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, Stacey D’Erasmo, Stuart Woods, Suzanne Brockmann, T Campbell, Thomas Perry, Vendela Vida, Anastasia Blackwell and Walter Kirn. In addition, authors Laura Benedict and Lisa See are offering “book club packages,” in which they supply multiple copies of one of their books and make a telephone call to the group

All proceeds will benefit First Amendment Project (FAP). FAP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free legal services on public interest free speech and free press matters. FAP serves its core constituency of activists, journalists, and artists by defending those who are sued because they have written or spoken about matters of public concern, representing those seeking access to government records and proceedings and representing those challenging the constitutionality of laws, regulations or governmental policies or practices that restrict the freedom of speech. See below for the list of participating authors and their corresponding auction dates

This is the third character name auction for First Amendment Project. The first two auctions, held in 2005 and 2006, earned over $170,000 for the organization.

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Prominent Authors Support The First Amendment Project In Unique Ebay Auction

Prominent American authors are supporting the First Amendment Project by offering bidders the opportunity to have their names used in upcoming projects. The importance of our fundamental right to freedom of speech is not only important to writers, but to all citizens.  A few of the famous writers featured in auction are quoted on The First Amendment Project website:

The authors speak:

"There's nothing more important to democracy: protecting -- and fighting for -- the right of free expression. It's a battle that began at the birth of our Constitution, and is carried on in the courts today by the First Amendment Project." Carl Hiaasen.

"The First Amendment is the cornerstone of American liberty. Our freedoms to speak and to write are our most sacred legacy. We are living in a time when First Amendment rights are under siege. I'm involved in this auction to show my support for the First Amendment against all its enemies." John Lescroart

"As a science fiction writer, I like to push ideas, stretch my imagination, provoke people to think along new paths. That frightens others who like to believe they have the "only" way. Unfortunately, some of those people are in positions of power and try to enforce their opinions as law. We need staunch groups to stand up against those agendas and let people have their say. It's the only way the truth can keep getting out." Kevin J. Anderson

"Everything I do--everything this country is about--depends on the First Amendment." Francine Prose.

Conducting the charity auction is Auction Cause, a premier online auction management agency specializing in high impact and high value eBay charity auctions for nonprofits and their corporate partners. Auction Cause also conducted the 2005 auction.

The First Amendment Project is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and promoting freedom of information, expression, and petition. Since 1992, FAP has provided advice, educational materials, and legal representation to its core constituency of activists, journalists, and artists in service of these fundamental liberties. Providing over $400,000 in free legal services every year, FAP is the only nonprofit organization in the country to offer direct, free and low-cost legal representation exclusively on First Amendment matters in three primary areas:

  • Defending those sued for exercising their First Amendment rights.
  • Representing those challenging laws and governmental policies that infringe on First Amendment rights.
  • Representing those seeking access to governmental records & meetings and court records & proceedings. Please consider a donation today.

    There are several ways to support FAP:

  • Make an online donation right now by clicking here.
  • Set up a recurring monthly donation. Even a small donation each month goes along way to helping us continue our programs.
  • Auction an item on Ebay for FAP's benefit. Because FAP is a registered charity with Ebay, you can designate FAP as the beneficiary of the proceeds of your auction.

--The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution