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Monday, August 29, 2005

Authors to Auction Character Names

To support the First Amendment Project, 16 U.S. authors are each auctioning the right to name a character (or place) in their next book. The authors include Stephen King, John Grisham, Amy Tan, Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Lethem, Andrew Sean Greer and Dorothy Allison. The auctions begin on ebay on September 1, where the complete (and amusing) list of the authors' offerings is available.

Stephen King is offering for auction:

One (and only one) character name in a novel called CELL, which is now in work and which will appear in either 2006 or 2007. Buyer should be aware that CELL is a violent piece of work, which comes complete with zombies set in motion by bad cell phone signals that destroy the human brain. Like cheap whiskey, it's very nasty and extremely satisfying. Character can be male or female, but a buyer who wants to die must in this case be female. In any case, I'll require physical description of auction winner, including any nickname (can be made up, I don't give a rip).

Jonathan Lethem is offering for auction:

I need the name of a Columbia University professor for a comic book I'm writing for Marvel. It can be your name or the name of a friend -- but if it's a friend, I need to hear from them with their permission.

John Grisham is offering for auction:

Your name or a name of your choosing will appear as a fictional character in my next novel.  The character will be portrayed in a good light.  My next novel should be published either in 2007 or 2008.   The name you choose cannot be that of a real person other than yourself.

[Meredith R. Miller]

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