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A Tree Grows in Bookland. If you’ve ever felt guilty about the amount of paper you consume in books, Raz Godelnik can help. Godelnik is the CEO and co-founder of Eco-Libris, an environmental group that “lets book lovers balance out the paper used for the books they read by planting trees.” The company has partnered with Sustainable Harvest International, RIPPLE Africa, and the Alliance for International Reforestation, each of which collaborates with local communities in developing countries to plant trees. Says Godelnik, “The process itself is fairly simple–upon entering our web site, customers decide how many books they would like to balance out. They then pay for it online and a tree is planted for each of these books. Customers also receive a sticker made of recycled paper for every book they balance out saying ‘One Tree Planted for this Book.’ They can later display these stickers on their books’ sleeves. In the few days that we have been online we already had people from all over the world balancing out their books and planting trees. The feedback so far is very encouraging.”

Speaking of Being Green… Author and environmental activist Margaret Atwood (click on her Green Protocols link for a pdf on how she works green) will travel to Gambier, Ohio, for the first annual Kenyon Review Literary Festival on November 9-10. Atwood will deliver the Festival’s keynote presentation. The Festival will be held in conjunction with the Kenyon Review Literary Achievement Award which will honor Atwood this year. Keep visiting our web site for details on special programs, including the Midwest Literary Magazine & Small Press Fair, panel discussions, and more.