Celebrating ANOTHER KIND OF HURRICANE with Charity

9780553511932If you know Tamara Ellis Smith personally, you know she is a loving and giving person. On her website she writes, “Another Kind of Hurricane is woven with my deep empathy and respect for the people of New Orleans. What they went through with Hurricane Katrina is unfathomable. Their astounding loss—and their astounding recovery—continues to inspire me.”

Two organizations near and dear to Tamara’s heart are doing wonderful work to benefit those affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina:


Lowernine.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the long-term recovery of the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the levee breaches of 2005. To date, lowernine.org has fully rebuilt seventy-five homes, and has completed smaller repair and renovation projects on hundreds more, bringing home more Lower Ninth Ward families than any other single organization.





Big Class is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating and supporting the voices of New Orleans’ writers ages 6-18 through creative collaborations with schools and communities. Big Class offers a variety of free, innovative programs that provide under-resourced students with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. They also aim to help teachers get their classes excited about writing. Their services are structured with the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

You can find more information about supporting these charities on Tamara’s website or click the above links to visit each organization’s websites.

Thank you for visiting this week and helping us celebrating the launch of Another Kind of Hurricane. Remember to comment to be entered to win a signed copy and lucky marble!

You can get your own copy of ANOTHER KIND OF HURRICANE from your local independent bookstore (find one here), or order it from your favorite national or online retailer such as Random House, Powell’sB&Nor Amazon.


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10 responses to “Celebrating ANOTHER KIND OF HURRICANE with Charity

  1. These sound like outstanding organizations with real heart. I will check them out. Thanks for providing them.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. mariagianferrari

    Tam just exudes warmth, and these organizations sound so amazing! Thanks for letting us know about them, Jenn! It has been so fun celebrating Another Kind of Hurricane this week. Congrats again to you, Tam!


  3. I love it when a book entertains AND teaches empathy for others.

    This sounds wonderful!

    Dana Edwards


  4. Janet Fox

    What a wonderful way to pay it forward!! Kudos to you, Jenn, and to Tam.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I love when books can make a charitable impact as well! Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Loved hearing about these organizations, Tam. I can see why they’re near and dear to you.

    Liked by 1 person

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