WHAT: Book release party/fundraiser event for Stephanie Nielson, plane crash victim and nationwide blog celebrity
WHERE: University Mall Deseret Book Store, Orem, UT
WHEN: 2:00-4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 18, 2008
The editor and authors of The Mother in Me: Real-World Reflections on Growing into Motherhood (Deseret Book, 2008) will donate all royalties from book sales on October 18 to the Stephanie and Christian Nielson Recovery Fund.
Those who cannot attend the party can participate in the fundraiser by purchasing copies of The Mother in Me in any Deseret Bookstore nationwide or on Deseret Book's website anytime on Saturday, October 18. (Note: this fundraiser does not include purchases made through Amazon.com.)
Stephanie Nielson, sister of one of the book's contributing authors, and mother of four young children, was critically burned over 80% of her body in a private plane crash in the Arizona desert last August. Her husband, Christian, was badly injured as well. Both are residents of a burn center in Maricopa County. Stephanie has been in a medically induced coma ever since the crash. The couple's post-hospital rehabilitation will not be covered by insurance.
The couple's injury has sparked a nationwide fundraising effort. Media coverage has included national exposure on The Today Show and in People Magazine and The New York Times, as well as local exposure on KSL News and in The Daily Herald.
Stephanies' blog, The Nie Nie Dialogues, inspires tens of thousands of daily readers across the nation with her daily celebration of young motherhood.
The Mother in Me, a collection of prose and poetry written by 28 mothers of small children, also offers an uplifting perspective on life with little ones. The book was featured on Doug Wright's program, "Everyday Lives, Everyday Values," on KSL radio Sunday, October 12. The editor and a dozen contributing authors will be signing books at the fundraising party on 10-18.
(P.S. cjane will be there! If you haven't read either of these amazing women's blogs, it's worth your time.)