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Read a book for hurricane victims

Daily Staff Report

Special to the DailyOwner of Verbatim Booksellers Robert Aikens chose "Lord of the Flies" book sales to benefit Hurricane Katrina victims because he thought the theme of the book about mob mentality might shed some light on the looting situation in New Orleans.

Vail – Verbatim Booksellers has created another way to help the hurricane victims in the Gulf states: read a book.As a fundraiser to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, Verbatim Booksellers picked “Lord of the Flies” as September’s Valley Read.

Verbatim Booksellers will donate $1 to the American Red Cross Hurricane 2005 Relief for every copy of “Lord of the Flies” it sells. That donation will be matched dollar for dollar by Alpine Bank and Snowmass residents Susan and Richard Goodwin, as long as they have not yet reached their combined matching limit of $50,000. “The Lord of the Flies,” William Golding’s classic tale of youths gone wild while stranded on a deserted island, illustrates the savageness of mob mentality and the results of a society broken-down. Robert Aikens, owner of Verbatim Booksellers, hopes to use this tale to shed light on the looting and general lawlessness that took place in New Orleans the first few days of the hurricane disaster.”I thought it could be used as an educational tool to explain how society breaks down when they don’t have food, water or basic necessities,” said Aikens.

Aikens sympathizes with those in the affected Gulf states. He himself was a victim of the floods in Laguna Beach, Calif., in 1997 caused by El Nino. “Having experienced El Nino and having my business flooded, I feel for them,” said Aikens. Watching the people in Laguna lose their homes and lose their businesses was one of the most stressful times of my life.””The Lord of the Flies” can be purchased at Verbatim Booksellers in Vail Village and at The Bookworm in Edwards. Verbatim Booksellers is located at 100 East Meadow Drive in Vail Village, near the Claggett-Rey Gallery, Mountain Dog and Campo De Fiori Restaurant.

Donations can also be made directly to the American Red Cross by visiting http://www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-HELP-NOW. For more information, call Verbatim Booksellers at 476-3032.Vail, Colorado