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Karin Slaughter short story to benefit UK libraries

23rd August 2011

Bestselling author Karin Slaughter has revealed that proceeds from the sale of her new short story will be used to benefit libraries in the UK.

The US author, whose 11 books have sold 25 million copies worldwide, will donate every penny from the sale of Thorn in My Side to the Reading Agency, the independent charity that encourages people to read through library-based programmes.

Slaughter said she was spurred to do something to help libraries faced with the threat of closure, not only in the UK but in her native US as well.

'Librarians have always stood up for writers and readers in every kind of community. The demand for their programmes and services is increasing while their budgets are decreasing. It's time that we stood up for them,' she added.

Miranda McKearney, director of the Reading Agency, thanked Slaughter for her generosity and promised to use the author's donation to continue to promote literature and library use, particularly among young people.

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