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Everytown for Gun Safety—the largest gun violence prevention non-profit in the country with more than three million supporters—has joined with a consortium of acclaimed authors to launch the Everytown Authors Council.

The group is open to authors, illustrators and editors; agents; and others deeply connected in the literary community. It is designed to harness the power of the literary community to amplify the gun safety movement. The group uses its collective reach and cultural influence to support commonsense solutions proven to save lives from the gun violence that claims 93 American lives every day and injures hundreds more.

Everytown Author Council members include:

Tony Abbott

Diana Abu Jaber

Sarah Albee

William Alexander

Elana K. Arnold

Lee Bacon

Julianna Baggott

Hannah Rodgers Barnaby

Kelly Barnhill

Sean Beaudoin

Samantha Berger

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Chris Bohjalian

Heather Bouwman

Jennifer Finney Boylan

Amy Brill

Kim Brown Seely

Martha Brockenbrough

Alison Buckholtz

Jen Calonita

Janet Carey

Caroline Carlson

Soman Chainani

Justina Chen

Deborah Copaken

Kathryn Craft

Mike Curato

Tara Dairman

Sarah Darer

Kimberly Derting

Christa Desir

Sarah Dessen

Margaret Dilloway

Erin Dionne

Patricia Dunn

Jason Carter Eaton

Elizabeth Eulberg

Abby Fabiaschi

Tim Federle

Gayle Forman

Janet Fox

Michael Frank

Stephanie Gangi

Liz Garton Scanlon

Lisa Genova

Gregory Gibson

David MacInnis Gill

Jennifer Gilmore

Dean Gloster

Tessa Gratton

Lev Grossman

Laurie Halse Anderson

Jimin Han

Cathi Hanauer

Corey Ann Haydu

Christopher Healy

Julie Hedlund

Alice Hoffman

K.A. Holt

Mark Holtzen

Justina Ireland

A.J. Jacobs

Brenda Janowitz

Maureen Johnson

Varian Johnson

Erica Jong

Cynthia Kaplan

Amber Keyser

A.S. King

Julie Klam

Jesse Klausmeier

Jo Knowles

Kirby Larson

Emmy Laybourne

Caroline Leavitt

Stacey Lee

Cynthia Leititch Smith

Alexander London

David Lubar

Meredith Maran

John Bemelmans Marciano

Wednesday Martin

Katherine Marsh

Joyce Maynard

Sarah McCoy

Terra Elan McVoy

Jilian Medoff

Brad Meltzer

Kate Messner

Kate Chell Milford

Aimee Molloy

Annabel Monaghan

Anne Nesbet

Judith Newman

Sara Nickerson

Lin Oliver

Susan Orlean

Micol Ostow

Lisa Papademetriou

Natalie C. Parker

Jodi Picoult

Amy Poeppel

Amy Reed

Jenn Reese

Brendan Reichs

Kathy Reichs

Sarah Robbins

Roxana Robinson

Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich

Laura Ruby

Jeanne Ryan

Jo Salas

Dianne Salerni

Susie Orman Schnall

Heidi Schulz

John Searles

Rori Shay

Courtney Sheinmel

Laurel Snyder

Jenny Staff Johnson

Nancy Turner Steveson

Sarah-Jane Stratford

Lisa Schroeder

J. Courtney Sullivan

Natalia Sylvester

Jaime Temairik

Laurie Thompson

Kim Turrisi

Anne Ursu

Audrey Glassman Vernick

Wendy Wahman

Lee Wind

Meg Wolitzer

Kat Yeh

We’re issuing a call to action, standing on these core values and principles:

 

We believe there are many common sense steps we can – and must – take right now to help save American lives from gun violence.

 
  • We believe we have a responsibility to help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people – including convicted criminals, domestic abusers, stalkers, and people with dangerous mental illness.

  • We believe in gun safety – that we have a responsibility to store guns safely, unloaded and out of the reach of children.

  • We believe everyone has a role to play in reducing gun violence and that every action, no matter how small, helps bring us closer to a future free from gun violence.

  • We believe the creative community has an opportunity to use our communication skills and the power of culture to galvanize many more Americans in the gun violence prevention movement.

 

Progress may not come as fast as we would like, but we know that we will continue to achieve victories in cities, states and on the national level when more and more Americans stand up and support common-sense solutions.

 

We stand united and will work to reach more people, recruit more supporters and achieve more victories. By signing our names to this statement, we commit to use our creativity and visibility in the months ahead to help drive real change. While these are just the first steps, we pledge to use our voices wherever and whenever we can, doing our part to help mobilize more Americans to help save lives from gun violence.

 

Join us in the fight to save lives from gun violence