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The RISE Book Project

Welcome to the RISE Book Project! Under the guidance of RISE, our Book Project is proud to work with King County families to develop children and family grief books that explore how to deal with the unexpected trauma of losing a parent to gun violence.

Throughout 2023, we will be meeting with families to write and publish 10 children’s books for families who have tragically lost a parent to gun violence. Each book will be written by a family and published in December. Families will each receive a copy of their book and be able to sell or donate additional copies and keep profits.

The RISE team is honored to help create a lasting memory for the children, family and community members of parents lost to gun violence. 

Book Project Release Party: December 30, 2023

In celebration of this incredible project, we invite you to our book launch on Saturday, December 30th, to celebrate our families as they release their books. Join us at Byrd Barr Place from 11am to 2pm for a heartfelt morning of reading and community gathering as our families read excerpts from their books. Each book purchased directly uplifts the families, echoing our belief in a world where the echoes of healing and empowerment resound louder than the trauma of gun violence. RSVP here.

The release party is open to all and will include live readings, a book fair, and refreshments. Join us!

BOOKS BENEFIT FAMILIES

Books will be available in print form for $25 per book.  Writer families will also receive 50 copies of their stories to sell themselves providing a tangible resource for those navigating the challenges of gun violence loss. 

To order a book, click on a title below.

The RISE Book Project

Meet the Rise Book Project Team

Lynniah Grayson

Lynniah Grayson

Executive Director

BIO

After her four year old’s father was murdered in February of 2021, Lynniah Grayson knew that something had to be done in her community to support the increasing number of mothers and children who were suffering from such gun violence tragedies. She began Resilient In Sustaining Empowerment (RISE), a non-profit organization providing vital support for vulnerable children, mothers and families directly impacted by gun violence.

Aleczandria Jamerson

Aleczandria Jamerson

Co-Creative Director

BIO

I’m Alecz, one of the Creative Directors of the RISE Book Project. When I was young, I found that writing was like a form of therapy. It was soothing, helped me work through my trauma.

I got the idea to write my first book, Daddy Don’t Go, as a tribute to my daughter and to all the little daddy’s girls around the world that could relate to her. I want to help others share their own stories of their loved ones, that they will be proud of. One that may show the world a different side of them, they never knew.

Desi Caswell

Desi Caswell

Admin & MarComm

BIO

Hey there, I’m Desi! I work on the administrative and marketing side of things here at the Book Project. From getting snacks donated for our family meetings to planning our big event in December (stay tuned).

I grew up in Dallas & graduated from Seattle U with a focus on anthropology & social justice and equity. I own Fathom Branding, a creative agency here in Seattle. My favorite part of my job (other than the Book Project of course!) is working with Community Passageways doing their social media and PR.

I am so excited to work with all of our families this year on the publication process. I know this year will be one of healing and community as we join together to write and share.

Anika Zebron

Anika Zebron

Design & MarComm

BIO

Hello! I’m Anika, on the MarComm team for the RISE Book Project. I was a High School English instructor for many years (+ Art for some), with a passion for visual storytelling. I moved into the design world via copywriting, and quickly nerded out on layout design, marketing campaign work, and art direction.

I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with several book projects, including my own, self-published with a friend. I also have a deep love for children’s literature – stories kindled my imagination & curiosity as a kid, and I was totally obsessed with Pizza Hut’s Book It program. All this to say, I love stories & books, and see them as a vehicle to share powerful human experience and to heal through that sharing.

RISE Book Project Team

Ways to Support The RISE Book Project

If you are interested in volunteering, making a monetary contribution, or donating writing supplies, food, or an event space, please email us at thebookproject@rise4us.org! We’d love to chat more.