Friday, May 09, 2008

Author Hosts Book Donation Drive to Benefit Operation Paperback

LAS VEGAS — Author Bill Loucks will sign copies of his humorous book “The Committee: Man’s Inner Voices and Who Left the Toilet Seat Up?” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at Barnes & Noble, 567 N. Stephanie Street in Henderson; and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, at Barnes & Noble, 8915 W. Charleston Blvd. Additional signings will be scheduled in June.

Loucks will donate $2 for every copy of his book sold to Operation Paperback, a non-profit organization that collects gently used books and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. People may also bring gently used books to the signings, which Loucks is collecting for donation to Operation Paperback.

“So many of our nation’s troops are serving in faraway places and don’t have some of the basic comforts that most of us take for granted, like a good book,” said Loucks. “Donating even just one book off your shelf not only benefits our men and women overseas, but it also boosts their morale to know that people back home are thinking of them.”

As of January 2008, Operation Paperback had collected and sent 780,892 books to troops overseas in places such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Bosnia, Bahrain, Kuwait, navy ships at sea, and military hospitals.

Loucks is married with children and lives in Las Vegas. He says the inspiration for his book comes from life lessons he has experienced, some of which were repeated over and over or learned the hard way. When he humorously tried to find a way out of accepting responsibility for his actions, he would say, “Don’t blame me. My committee made me do it.”

This is a great way to help support U.S. troops. Many of our troops overseas have little in the way of comforts, and they welcome books to help them fill their free time.

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