On May Day 2011, people gathered at What the Dickens in Ebisu, Tokyo, for a charity event entitled Shakin' It Back. All proceeds went to the victims of the March 11 quake. Many of us read selections from things we had written. Here, in a photo by Tim Newfields, you see Charles Whipple aka Chuck Tyrell reading the story Floating World from the book A Matter of Tea, which was specifically published to help raise money for quake victims. You can buy the book at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/52655 in several different formats, or if you prefer a printed version, order it from https://www.createspace.com/3595967 and help the victims of the quake.
Please note that friend and author Nik Morton and publisher Solstice Publishing are putting out When the Flowers are in Bloom, with all proceeds to go to the quake victims. Here's what Nik has to say:
Reading about the cataclysmic devastation that hit Japan in March, I was greatly moved by the attitude of the survivors. People of all ages went out of their way to help each other. Looting seemed a rare event. There was a determination to overcome this terrible adversity. Lives and towns would be rebuilt, eventually, even if it would take years. The people would endure.
It is this theme, the strength of the human spirit that I have attempted to capture over the years in many of my short stories. Some of these tales may seem sad or traumatic but, despite that, I trust that hope, love, honor and integrity shine through, transcending the blight of evildoers, disability and natural disaster.
As writers, we strive to walk in the shoes of our characters. Fiction writers lie in order to grasp the truth. In some small way, I hope these stories reveal truths about the human condition.
Look for Nik's book at www.solsticepublishing.com