Emma Donoghue donates over $100K in royalties for children's literacy in Asia and Africa

All the royalties of Donoghue's first children's book series The Lotterys are going to the non-profit organization Room to Read.
Emma Donoghue is the bestselling author of Room. The Lotterys Plus One is her first book for children. (Punch Photographic/HarperCollins)

Emma Donoghue, author and Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Roomis donating the royalties of her children's series The Lotterys to Room to Read, a nonprofit organization that supports literacy and girls' education in Asia and Africa. Donoghue has donated over $100,000 as of July 25, 2017.

The Lotterys is a series about an energetic, multicultural Toronto family with two sets of parents. The Lotterys Plus Onepublished March 2017, is the first book in the series and the only one that is currently available. The novel follows 9-year-old Sumac Lottery, as her previously estranged grandfather moves in to her family's Victorian Gothic mansion.

"The Lotterys series draws on my nostalgic memories of growing up as the youngest of eight in 1970s Ireland, as well as my wishful thinking about what it might be like to homeschool a brood of seven in 2010s Toronto," writes Donoghue on her website.

The book is Donoghue's first written for children. Her acclaimed novels for adults include RoomThe Wonder and Frog Music.

Room to Read is a San Francisco-based non-profit that works in countries such as Bangladesh, Tanzania, India and Zambia. Some of their programming includes establishing community libraries and providing children's books, as well as mentorships for girls as they transition to secondary school.

Donoghue has made several major contributions to philanthropic initiatives in the past. After winning the AWB Vincent American Ireland Fund Literary Award in June 2016, she gave the $25,000 prize to the UN Refugee Agency. Earlier that year she donated $20,000 from her Golden Box Office Award to ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.


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