Bloomsbury to Create GLOBAL BOOK AID for Tsunami Fund

In an unprecedented publishing move, the world’s leading writers are coming together to publish the first chapters of their new work in a single volume entitled NEW BEGINNINGS (Bloomsbury, ISBN: 0747581274). All proceeds of this unique venture will be going to the Disasters Emergency Committee fund. Authors who have already agreed to take part include:

Alexander McCall Smith
Ian McEwan
Maeve Binchy
Margaret Atwood
Marian Keyes
Mark Haddon
Nicholas Evans
Nick Hornby
Paulo Coelho
Scott Turow
Stephen King
Tracy Chevalier
Vikram Seth

Jonny Geller, the Project Director (and Managing Director of the book division of Curtis Brown Agency), approached Nigel Newton, CEO of Bloomsbury with the idea on Tuesday and Nigel Newton agreed on the spot to offer the resources of their entire publishing arm for this global publication.

Bloomsbury US, UK and Germany, and Raincoast Books of Canada will publish the book simultaneously on World Book Day (March 3rd). All proceeds will go the Disasters Emergency Committee fund and it is hoped millions of pounds will be raised worldwide.

Jonny Geller:
“I hope NEW BEGINNINGS will be a must-buy for any book-lover. To glimpse the opening chapter of your favourite author’s new work before it is published will be an unprecedented experience for their fans. These incredibly generous authors showcase what is great in modern writing today. There should be something for everybody in this collection. By spending only £5, you will have a great book by the world’s favourite authors, participate in a dynamic global publishing event and give real aid to people rebuilding their lives thousands of miles away.”

Nigel Newton:
“The Tsunami has devastated so many lives and by publishing this book we hope that a significant amount of money will be raised by the book trade to help bring about reconstruction of the lives of those in the twelve countries affected by the disaster. Our goal will be to get as close to 100% of the cover price of the book going through intact to the Disasters Emergency Committee fund. I would like to thank all the authors who have already donated their writing to this cause. I know that the booktrade will support this book to the best of their ability – they have responded with such generosity in the past.”

Karen Rinaldi, Publisher/Editorial Director, (Bloomsbury, USA):
"It is a privilege to be in a position to offer our services in the name of such unfathomable need and it has been heartening to witness the quick and universal support of authors, publishers, agents, and booksellers."

Elisabeth Ruge, Joint Managing Director of Berlin Verlag (Bloomsbury Berlin):
“Literature, the art of story telling, unites the world. Stories have always been one of mankind’s greatest sources of solace. We are proud to help those most severely affected by this catastrophe with a wonderful book of stories, representing the hope for many new beginnings.”

Allan MacDougall, CEO (Raincoast Books, Canada):
"It is my hope that our Canadian retail partners and the Canadian public will get behind the project and make it a tremendous success," said in a statement.