July 17th, 2018 (WORLDWIDE): The Pixel Project, an anti-Violence Against Women non-profit, will be holding the fifth annual Fall Edition of their “Read For Pixels” Google Hangout campaign. “Read For Pixels” 2018 (Fall Edition) features live Google Hangouts with award-winning bestselling authors in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, which aims to raise US$1 million in aid of The Pixel Project. Participating authors include Alison Goodman, Brandon Sanderson, David D. Levine, Fonda Lee, Fran Wilde, Jay Kristoff, Julie Czerneda, Juliet E. McKenna, Marie Brennan, Richard K. Morgan, Sarah Beth Durst, and Tananarive Due.
“Read For Pixels” 2018 (Fall Edition) Google Hangout sessions will run on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings from September 1st to September 30th 2018. Each session will feature an author reading from one of their books and discussing women and girls in their books, why they support ending violence against women, and women in the media, geek culture, and popular culture. Each session will also include a live moderated Q&A session for fans and book lovers to ask their favourite authors questions in real time.
The Pixel Project will also be holding the first Read For Pixels Google Hangout live panel session: Trashing The Rape Trope: Writing Violence Against Women in Fantasy. Acclaimed Fantasy authors Martha Wells, Kate Elliott, and Jim C. Hines will be discussing violence against women in the Fantasy genre and techniques for tackling the subject without dehumanising female characters. There will also be a live Q&A segment for writers and fans to ask Ms. Wells, Ms. Elliott, and Mr Hines questions. Multi-author panel sessions are a new feature of the Read For Pixels programme, created to be an accessible resource for writers interested in writing about female characters and approaching themes such as misogyny, sexism, gender, and violence against women with depth, empathy, and accuracy.
Participating authors have also generously donated a range of exclusive goodies to help The Pixel Project encourage fans and book lovers to donate to the Pixel Reveal campaign including: Exclusive swag bags and book bundles, signed first editions or special editions of participating authors’ books, a chance to be a minor character in their upcoming books, and more. There are also exclusive goodies courtesy of Adrian Tchaikovsky (with Macmillan Books UK), Aliette de Bodard, Ann Aguirre, Charles de Lint, Jodi Meadows, Ken Liu, Lauren Oliver, Leigh Bardugo, Peter V. Brett, Steven Erikson, Susan Dennard, up-and-coming YA author Juliana Spink Mills, and more. In addition, Katherine Tegan Books at HarperCollins and award-winning NewCon Press are each donating a Mystery Book Box. Donations begin at as little as US$5 and the goodies are available to donors as “thank you” gifts and perks depending on the donation amount. Fundraising will take place on Rally Up in tandem with the Google Hangout series over the month of September 2018.
“Violence against women is one of the most widespread and entrenched human rights violations in the world and The Pixel Project is delighted that so many acclaimed authors have stepped up to join us in raising much-needed funds and widespread support for this cause,” said Regina Yau, Founder and President of The Pixel Project. This September, we are also proud to welcome our 100th Read For Pixels author to the campaign. To date, the Read For Pixels campaign has collectively raised over US$51,000 for the cause and ignited online discussions about violence against women by fans and supporters. We will continue to hold the Fall Edition “Read For Pixels” annually in September as part of our ongoing programme of Read For Pixels events and activities. It is our hope that the authors’ support of the cause will inspire fans of their wonderful books and book lovers worldwide to not only donate generously, but also begin taking action to stop the violence in their communities wherever they are in the world.”
For more information about Read For Pixels, contact Regina Yau at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: http://is.gd/Read4Pixels.
About The Pixel Project (www.thepixelproject.net)
The Pixel Project is a complete virtual, volunteer-led global 501(c)3 nonprofit organisation whose mission is to raise awareness, funds and volunteer power for the cause to end violence against women through campaigns and programmes at the intersection of social media, new technologies, and popular culture/the Arts.