Starbucks has tapped a first-time author to promote next in 6,000 of their shops (following Mitch Albom). When I saw "first-time author" I felt a pinch of jealousy. Until I saw what the book was. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier is a memoir about Ishmael Beah's experiences in Sierra Leone's civil war and his eventual escape to the U.S.
Starbucks will charge full price - $22 - for the title, and will donate $2 of every sale to UNICEF, with a minimum contribution of $100,000. There are reports they have ordered nearly 100,000 copies.
That's the true blessing of writing - taking something horrible and allowing it to be transformed.