In the name of raising funds to support PEN Canada, brace yourself for a 2014 calendar that will reveal all. Bare it for Books is preparing a calender in which twelve Canadian authors, instead of baring their souls, bare their bodies–with books covering certain strategic areas–for a very good cause.
Some of the authors aren’t as well-known as others. But take a good look at this lineup:
Angie Abdou – Ms. January
Trevor Cole – Mr. February
Farzana Doctor – Ms. March
Dave Bidini – Mr. April
Miranda Hill – Ms. May
Daniel MacIvor – Mr. June
Yasuko Thanh – Ms. July
Terry Fallis – Mr. August
Sachiko Murakami – Ms. September
Vincent Lam – Mr. October
Saleema Nawaz – Ms. November
Yann Martel – Mr. December
Dave Bidini in April — you know, former member of the music group, The Rheostatics? And Yann Martel for December — Mr. Life of Pi? The whole lineup is pretty impressive.
PEN Canada is the national association of authors that is involved in educating readers and promoting literature but just as importantly, if not more so, in supporting and helping persecuted writers throughout the world and in fighting censorship. So this is a pretty worthy cause indeed.
The calendars, of course, are not yet available. But have a look at the Calendar Page for the Bare it for Books website to learn about the almost serendipitous way in which this project came about. And bookmark the site, so you can get this very revealing author calendar when it’s finally ready for its debut!