The Book ‘Em Foundation was founded by suspense author p.m.terrell and Waynesboro, Virginia Police Officer Mark Kearney as a partnership between authors and law enforcement. The mission of The Book ‘Em Foundation is to raise public awareness of the correlation between high illiteracy rates and high crime rates.
Book ‘Em North Carolina is a one-day event that brings together more than 75 authors, publishers, literary agents and publicists under one roof. It occurs on the last Saturday of each February in Lumberton, North Carolina. The event is open to the public and is FREE for attendees, participating authors and presenters.
It is hosted by Robeson Community College, The Book ‘Em Foundation, Friends of the Robeson County Public Library, Robeson County Arts Council, Lumberton Visitors Bureau, and the City of Lumberton.
A series of talks occur between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm and include:
- Writers Conference – for aspiring or published authors of all ages and levels
- The Children’s Corner – readings for younger children, arts and crafts and special activities
- Panel Discussions and Talks – for readers of various fiction and nonfiction genres, including autobiographical, biographical, historical, mystery/suspense, romance, fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, horror, true crime and others
Proceeds from this one-day event are used to increase literacy rates for citizens of all ages and reduce crime. Groups receiving donated funds from previous events include: the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Robeson County for ages 1 through 5; Communities In Schools for all grade levels; Friends of the Robeson County Public Library for adult literacy programs; and Lumberton Police Department. $34,600 has been donated to date.
The event is FREE and open to the public. Proceeds for literacy come from the sale of books. Each author and publisher agrees to donate a minimum of 40% of each and every book sale as a condition of their participation in the event. 100% of this money is kept within Robeson County. None goes toward overhead; due to business sponsorships, we are able to cover all marketing and promotional costs with sponsorship dollars so all proceeds from the event go directly toward the literacy programs.