Paul Auster, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody, Gary Shteyngart, and Colson Whitehead are among the authors who have participated in a reading series to raise money for a new library at Public School 107, an elementary school in Brooklyn, New York. The series was started last year by novelist David Grand, whose six-year-old twins attend P.S. 107, which was among the 20 percent of the city's public schools without a library.
The readings, which require a ten-dollar admission fee, have raised twelve-thousand dollars. As a result, the school has built a new library featuring two thousand books and a part-time librarian.