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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 100 American lives every day and injures hundreds more.

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
Alexander Chee
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
Lauren Groff
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
Emily Barth Isler
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
Claire Legrand
Alexander London
David Lubar
Meredith Maran
John Bemelmans Marciano
Wednesday Martin
Katherine Marsh
Joyce Maynard
Michelle McCann
Sarah McCoy
Terra Elan McVoy
Jillian Medoff
Brad Meltzer
Kate Messner
Jonathan Metzl
Kate Chell Milford
Aimee Molloy
Annabel Monaghan
Rhiannon Navin
Anne Nesbet
Judith Newman

Sara Nickerson
Lin Oliver
Susan Orlean
Micol Ostow
Lisa Papademetriou
Natalie C. Parker
Helen Phillips
Jodi Picoult
Dan Poblocki
Amy Poeppel
Amy Reed
Jenn Reese
Brendan Reichs
Kathy Reichs
Jason Reynolds
Sarah J. Robbins
Roxana Robinson
Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich
Laura Ruby
Jeanne Ryan
Jo Salas
Dianne Salerni
Susie Orman Schnall
Heidi Schulz
Alison Winn Scotch
John Searles
Rori Shay
Courtney Sheinmel
Curtis Sittenfeld
Cynthia Leititch Smith
Laurel Snyder
Jenny Staff Johnson
Nanci 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.