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2007/09/23

キングのサイン本がオークションに!

「暗黒の塔」シリーズ全7冊に、スティーヴン・キングのサインが入ったセット商品が、eBay出品されている。オークションの終了日は2007/09/26。

出品者は、スティーヴン・キングのアシスタントで、売上は、The Haven Foundationに寄付される。本オークションは、The Haven Foundationのオフィシャル・オークションと言う位置付けである。

なお、
The Haven Foundationのトップページには、現在キングの文章が公開されている。

Havenf_3
以下、引用。

From the desk of Stephen King:
In the summer of 1999, I was struck by a careless driver and nearly killed while taking my daily walk. It was ten months before I was able to work productively again. Some years later, a good friend of mine, audio reader Frank Muller, suffered terrible head injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident. He will never work again. My luck was infinitely better than Muller’s, but the two events set me thinking about the uniquely perilous situation of many freelance artists. The majority of mid-list writers, audio readers, and freelancers in the book and publishing industry have little or no financial cushion in the event of a sudden catastrophic accident such as that suffered by Muller and myself. Many aren’t affiliated with any professional associations or guilds that can help them in the event of such reversals. Even those who are affiliated with organizations such as The Authors’ Guild cannot look for much beyond token help over a short period of time.

My response to this has been the creation of The Haven Foundation. Its goals will be fourfold:

First, to establish a compassionate and committed group of board members willing to sift through cases and identify those where the need seems to be the greatest. These “greatest need” cases would be freelance artists—writers, readers, and those in the associated publishing industry—who have found themselves unable to work due to disease or accident. We will also be focusing on freelancers associated with the book and publishing industry who lost their homes and work spaces (with freelancers these are often the same) as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

Second, to help a number of these individuals each year, based on need.

Third, to establish cut-off points for such help. As I have discovered, the decision to cut off aid is an agonizing one, and best made by a group rather than by an individual. I have come to believe, however, that it must be made if help is to be rendered to the many rather than the few.

Fourth, to seek fundraising opportunities so that The Haven Foundation can continue to do this work.

Stephen King
June 7, 2006


なお、The Haven Foundationとは、病気、事故、自然災害によって被害を被ったアメリカ国内の作家や芸術家を保護する事を目的とした、非営利組織です。

スティーヴン・キングは1999年夏の交通事故、そして2000年秋のフランク・ミューラーの交通事故に接し、企業等の組織に属さずフリーで活躍する作家や芸術家が突然、事故や病気、災害に遭遇した場合、彼等は金融的に非常に脆い存在だと実感し、
The Haven Foundationの設立に尽力した訳です。

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