Friends of the Library Booksale

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” - Lemony Snicket Each May and October, a phenomenal transformation occurs. Over four weeks, a giant warehouse  filled to overflowing with more than 250,000 volumes of books, magazines, DVDs, puzzles, and games, is emptied by booklovers across Tompkins County and beyond. It's the Friends of the Library Booksale, one of my top three favorite things about Ithaca. I have attended and bought books at every sale (and numerous times throughout the sale) for at least ten years, though I skipped one or two during Covid.  It's an event that reinvigorates my hope for the world. Aisle after aisle of books of every genre you can think of, and many you can't, all donated with the sole purpose of passing on entertainment and education, as well as raising money for the TC Public Library. In this modern world of digital media, virtual reality, social technology (all of which have their costs and benefits) I remain astounded that I

May Editorial Feedback Opportunity at Literary Mama

In an effort to help offset the systematic inequality and white privilege in the literary industry, during the month of May, former Literary Mama editor-in-chief Amanda Jaros will offer editorial feedback to people who donate to nonprofit organizations in the literary arts that support people traditionally underrepresented or marginalized, or that support literacy and literature for children. 

Donate $25 dollars and receive feedback on up to 1,000 words. Donate $75 or more and receive feedback on up to 4,000 words.

To participate, email LMinfo [at] literarymama [dot] com with a clear photo or screenshot of the receipt in the body of the email. No attachments will be opened.

When the receipt is received, you will get an email asking to send your writing. Please send only fiction or nonfiction; no poetry at this time. Anyone may participate.

Response time for feedback depends on how many submissions are received. 

Possible organizations:
Asian American Arts Alliance
Cave Canem
Center for Black Literature
Hurston Wright Foundation
We Need Diverse Books
Girls Write Now
Radius of Arab American Writers
And a great list from Kundiman of other organizations--

If you have another organization that you feel qualifies, send the information and a website address. Organizations should be 501(c)3 nonprofits. 

Thank you!