LEBANON, N.J., May 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Walking Book Club is proud to partner with Jeanine Cummins, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, American Dirt, to raise funds for the International Rescue Committee (IRC). A book chat with Cummins and Yareli Arizmendi, who narrated the audiobook, is scheduled for May 29, 1 p.m. EDT.
"I'm really excited about this event, as it brings my personal and professional passions together," said Julie Kaminski, founder of The Walking Book Club, which has seen a spike in signups as COVID-19 forces people to change their lifestyles. "During this very unusual time, I'm delighted The Walking Book Club is a source of engagement that's making a difference in people's lives."
The Walking Book Club announced the book selection in December 2019, prior to the announcement that it was chosen by Oprah's Book Club. The novel was highly anticipated and met with controversy; navigating the sensitivities surrounding it inspired The Walking Book Club to dig deeper to better understand the issues.
"Last year, a migrant died along the U.S.–Mexico border every 16 hours," Cummins wrote on her page for the IRC. https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/borderlands Cummins has been a supporter of smaller-scale organizations in the borderlands since her research for the novel took her to the region several years ago, but the "Remain in Mexico" policy, combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, prompted Cummins to partner with the IRC. "The situation for migrants is grim, and the humanitarian need is greater than ever."
A limited number of virtual seats are available. Reservations can be made at https://juliekaminski.com/american-dirt/. A suggested donation of $25 is requested, but any amount will help. Because Kaminski feels so strongly about working together, The Walking Book Club has pledged to match every donation up to $2,500. Cummins is also matching all donations generated by the event.
The Walking Book Club is a free, virtual, community that moves while listening to audiobooks. Members meet online for virtual discussions on books and Healthy-Body Happy-Mind lifestyle. Kaminski, is a National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach with 30+ years of experience helping women manifest their health and happiness goals. To learn more, visit https://juliekaminski.com/walking-book-club/.
SOURCE Julie Kaminski