Monday, February 4, 2008

A Call For Help

Scott Cupp alerted me to some sad news this past week:

From the Western Writers of America:

Longtime Western writer and WWA member James Reasoner and wife Livia (also an author, under the name L.J. Washburn) lost their house and studio, and all their belongings, in a fire earlier this week. They're OK, as are their dogs and children, but got out with only their clothes they were wearing. Books, pulps, comics, everything else, gone. "This is totally overwhelming," James says.

To help the family, Western Writers of America and Kensington Books have agreed to make sizable contributions and ask anyone who would also like to contribute to send cash donations to the WWA Executive Director's office in Albuquerque, N.M. Make the check out to Western Writers of America and put in the memo that the money is for the James Reasoner Emergency Fund.

Checks should be mailed to:

MSC06 3770
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Since James and Livia also lost their sizable library, donations are also being sought to help restock their bookcases whenever they have a new home. Kim Lionetti, Livia's agent at BookEnds, has generously agreed to accept any BOOK donations and keep them until the Reasoners have a place to put them. Books should be sent to:

Kim Lionetti
BookEnds Inc.
136 Long Hill Road
Gillette, NJ 07933

Our thoughts and prayers are with James, Livia and family during this trying time. Thanks for your help.
Johnny D. Boggs
WWA Vice President

I can't even imagine what this would be like: to lose everything; clothes, pets (although the dogs survived, 3 cats, a parakeet, and a Nigerian dwarf goat did not make it), books (the Reasoners had a library of over 10,000 books), pictures, all gone in a instant. It's almost too painful to think about.

But I have recently been reminded of the good that a relatively small number of people can do when they all work together, so I'm adding my plea to the list: if you can spare something, be it money or an extra copy of a book (especially westerns, histories of the West, and western pulps), won't you please send it along?

You can keep up with the Reasoners at James Reasoner's blog, which currently includes pictures of what's left of their house and truck.

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