The following anthology of short stories is authored by a talented group who has donated the stories and all royalties to the survivors. I recently interviewed CJ West, one of the contributors.
If you'd like to help, you can pick up your copy of SHAKEN: Stories for Japan at the Amazon Kindle store. See my notes below on how to convert this file for use with another e-reader. *
Price - $3.99From Amazon.com: "One hundred percent of the royalties from this new collection of original stories will go directly to the 2011 Japan Relief Fund administered by the Japan America Society of Southern California. EVERY PENNY the Fund receives will go directly to northern Japan, to rebuild shattered communities, reunite families, help men, women, and children to get on with their lives despite dreadful loss, and cope with the continuing threat of nuclear contamination.
"This collection was born out of the writers' concern for the people in the disaster zone. SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN is an attempt by writers to pool their talents to help people in need, as musicians and actors so often do.
"The book contains original stories by Brett Battles, Cara Black, Vicki Doudera, Dianne Emley, Dale Furutani, Timothy Hallinan, Stefan Hammond, Rosemary Harris, Naomi Hirahara, Wendy Hornsby, Ken Kuhlken, Debbi Mack, Adrian McKinty, I.J. Parker, Gary Phillips, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Jeffrey Siger, Kelli Stanley, C.J. West, and Jeri Westerson. As a group, these authors have won every mystery award there is and sold hundreds of thousand of copies. They're all working at the top of their games in this volume. SHAKEN; STORIES FROM JAPAN is art for heart's sake, and the purchase price will help those who are struggling to repair, or at least soothe, these terrible losses.
"Not all the stories are mysteries; the consensus was simply that all writers should submit something that touches on Japan. Linking the stories are haiku by the 17th-century master Basho, translated by Jane Reichhold, and Issa, translated by David Lanoue. Both translators donated their work, as did the cover designer, writer Gar Anthony Haywood, and the e-book producer, Kimberly Hitchens."
In early March, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake killed hundreds of people in Japan and generated a tsunami with waves as high as 30-feet and reaching as far inland as 10 kilometres (source: http://articles.cnn.com/2011-03-11).
NOTE: The following video is graphic in nature.
* To convert e-books to a different format for use with another e-reader, use a conversion tool like Calibre. You can downloadable a copy of Calibre here.