You may have missed it between the Times Square Car bomb and the giant uncontrolled oil spill that’s taking over the Gulf Coast. But last week, the Cumberland River flooded much of Nashville, covering the city with over 10 feet of water, closing institutions like the Grand Ole Opry House, and killing more than 25 people.
A group of publishing professionals, Do the Write Thing for Nashville, is working to raise money for flood victims by auctioning off signed copies of books, manuscript critiques by agents and editors, writing retreats, and other lit-related swag. So far, the group has raised $5,000, with many more auctions still to come.
Want to help? Items up for bids are listed on the group’s webpage, and bidding is open for three days. See the full rules for details. You can also follow the group’s auctions on Facebook. And, of course, you can donate directly to help the city of Nashville; here’s a list of organizations accepting money, clothes and food, and time.