SPLC charity auction set for Boston JEA convention

Advisers who plan to attend the Fall JEA/NSPA High School Journalism Convention in Boston November 8-11 should be sure to bring along their holiday gift lists and lots of cash.

The convention's local committee will be hosting a charity auction on Saturday evening, Nov. 10, to benefit the Student Press Law Center. Some great items have been donated, including 1.5 pound Maine lobsters that can be shipped and packed anywhere in the U.S.!

Some of America's top journalists have sent signed collectible copies of their books to the auction as well. Among them:

"Divided We Stand: How Al Gore Beat George Bush and Lost the Presidency," by Roger Simon, award-winning chief political correspondent for U.S. News and World Report and nationally syndicated columnist. The first complete look at America's most bizarre and explosive presidential campaign. Simon provides never-before-revealed details of the rift between Clinton and Gore and the campaign of open warfare between John McCain and George W. Bush.

"Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Murder and Television," the first novel by the host of the Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Report, Bill O'Reilly. This thriller centers around a string of murders being carried out against a major television news network and miscellaneous others involved in the television news industry.

"Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble," by Wall Street Journal reporter and NPR commentator Stefan Fatsis. A wacky grab bag of travelogue, history, party journal, and psychological study of the misfits and goofballs whose lives are measured out in Scrabble tiles.

"Wine & War: The French, the Nazis & the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure," by distinguished journalist and former TV news correspondent Don Kladstrup and his freelance writer wife Petie. The story of French vintners who engaged in daring and dangerous acts of resistance during World War II to keep great stores of wine safe from the Nazis.

"A Kind of Grace: The Autobiography of the World's Greatest Female Athlete," by Jackie Joyner-Kersee with People magazine editor and former Sports Illustrated writer Sonja Steptoe (signed by Steptoe). The story of the courage and conviction of Jackie Joyner-Kersee, multi-Olympic champion, All-American basketball star, and all-around inspiration and role model who describes her journey from the poverty of East St. Louis to international fame and accomplishment.