Award-Winning Author to Donate Autographed and Personalized Book to Benefit Children’s Literacy.

Dec. 21, 2006 – Lewiston, Idaho — Noah Ashenhurst will donate an autographed and personalized copy of his award-winning novel “Comfort Food” to the First Book LCSC online auction for children’s literacy. The auction begins December 14 and ends on December 21, 2006. Bids are taken at http://www.lcscauction.com/biditemdescription.asp?ID=724.

According to LCSC, “First Book is a national non-profit organization with a single mission: to give children in low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. One in every five of the children in our area lives in poverty. In the state of Idaho, one in every six children goes to bed hungry. Nationally, 61% of children living in low-income households have no age-appropriate books at home. These are the children that First Book was designed to reach. Our grants have benefited libraries, homeless and crisis shelters, schools and Head Start programs throughout North Central Idaho and a portion of Eastern Washington. In just one year we have distributed almost 13,000 books to more than 1,300 children.”

“As a teacher and a parent,” Mr. Ashenhurst said, “I feel that I can’t overstate the importance of early literacy. Students without readily available access to books may be unprepared for success in school and are also missing out on the rich worlds books have to offer.”

Noah Ashenhurst received his BA from Western Washington University and his teaching credentials from the University of Colorado. He grew up in Boulder, Colorado, worked in a salmon cannery in Alaska, has traveled to Budapest and Prague, and worked summers as a finish carpenter. He is currently a teacher at North Mason High School in Belfair, Washington, an MFA candidate at the Rainier Writing Workshop, Pacific Lutheran University, and is working on his second novel.

“Comfort Food: A Novel,” winner of the 2006 Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Regional Fiction (West-Pacific), is a character-driven literary work about six adults trying to find their purpose in the world and is set primarily in the Pacific Northwest. For more information see: noahashenhurst.com.

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