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Press Release: Authors For Catherine’s Sanctuary


For Immediate Release

Contact: Bobbie Pyron (435-645-7788,

Authors honor Sandy Hook victim who was an animal advocate with online auction—June 3-16, 2013

Over thirty authors—many of them award winning and New York Times best selling authors—have come together to honor Catherine Violet Hubbard, a little girl with a big dream: to provide a sanctuary for homeless animals. Tragically, that dream was cut short when Catherine was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Since then, Catherine’s parents and The Animal Center in Newtown have set up a fund to raise money for the Catherine Violet Hubbard Sanctuary. People from around the country have donated to make this little girl’s dream come true.

After reading about Catherine’s dream, author Bobbie Pyron decided to do something to help raise money for Catherine’s sanctuary. “I just wanted something good to come out of this heartbreaking tragedy.” She contacted other authors, most who write for children, and asked if they would donate a signed copy of their book to be auctioned off on line as a fundraiser for Catherine’s sanctuary. 

“I was overwhelmed and humbled by the enthusiastic response! Many of these authors are Newbery Award winners, National Book Award recipients, and New York Times best selling authors,” Pyron says. “Everyone was deeply touched by Catherine’s dream and wanted to be a part of helping her dream come true.”

Starting June 3rd, Pyron will be posting signed copies of books that can be bid on. The auction will end June 16th. “Bids can be submitted on all the books until midnight on the 16th,” she explains. The signed books will be posted on her website at as well as details on how the auction works.

Some of the signed books to be auctioned include Sarah, Plain and Tall (Newbery winner), A Dog’s Purpose (NYT best seller), Wonder (NYT best seller), Moon Over Manifest (Newbery winner), Mockingbird (National Book Award winner), Divergent (NYT best seller), and books by Newbery award winners Sharon Creech, Cynthia Lord and Ann M. Martin.

“I love collecting books I’ve had signed by the author,” Pyron says. “But these books would also make great gifts for to the book lover in your life or donations to your local school or public library.”

For more information, please contact Bobbie Pyron at 435-645-7788 or by email:

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.