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September news update

Where you can get money now

You may have thousands of dollars worth of old, in-the-way hunting, fishing and camping equipment collecting dust in your basement, attic or storage space. How do you determine the value of your treasure trove of outdoor equipment and printed materials? Two of America’s leading outdoorsmen and journalists have formed the CFP Appraisal Company and are ready to help. Award-winning writers Jim Casada of Rock Hill, South Carolina, and J. Wayne Fears of Owens Crossroads, Alabama, have impeccable outdoor credentials to appraise your outdoor gear. E-mail nighthawkpub@mindspring.com, or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Appraisals, 4112 Camp Horner Road, Birmingham, Alabama, 35243 to learn more about having your vintage outdoor gear appraised. ◊

Help needed

Help Paul Quinnett and his son launch their new business visiting www.dragonflyvans.com and consider writing a story about these wonderful green VW camping machines. A new term and lifestyle has recently emerged: “transumers.” Transumers are people who rent rather than own. They are not concerned about what they own, but about what they do. Non-ownership is environmentally sound because many share a valued resource. These classic vans get 20 mpg on regular gas and are not encumbered by air conditioning or automatic transmissions, so part of the adventure is just driving one. Transumers will be flocking to the great outdoors in the coming years, and Dragonflyvans, Inc. aims to help get them there. ◊

2009 New England Book Festival call for entries

The competition will accept entries in the non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, teenage, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, audio/spoken word, photography/art, poetry, spiritual works, e-books, compilations/anthologies, genre-based, unpublished stories and wild card (for books that don’t neatly fit other categories) categories. All entries must be in English. The grand prize is $1500 cash and a publicity campaign during the post-holiday season spotlighting your work. The winning author will also have a choice of flights to our various awards ceremonies for t family of festivals and a free vendor table at the 2010 day events, including New York and Hollywood. Deadline submissions in each category must be postmarked by midnight on November 25, 2009. Winners in each category will be notified by e-mail and on the web site. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions at our meetings. For more information, visit www.newenglandbookfestival.com. ◊
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