After only six months on store shelves, Stephenie Meyer's novella, "The Second Short Life of Bree Tanner," has raised more than $1.5 million for the America Red Cross. Before the book's release, the "Twilight" author and the publisher — Little, Brown — pledged a dollar per copy sold to the organization's International Response Fund.
"I'm so grateful that Little, Brown, the American Red Cross, and my fans made this generous gift possible," Stephenie said in a statement. "It’s amazing to have the opportunity to help those so greatly in need."
The novella, the first new work from Meyer in nearly two years, debuted at number one on the USA Today, Wall Street Journal and IndieBound bestseller lists as well as bestseller lists in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK. To date, the 37-year-old has sold more than 116 million of her "Twilight" series novels.
“The generous contribution of Little, Brown to the IRF is essential to the ability of the American Red Cross to provide help and hope for people during their darkest hours,” said David Meltzer of the American Red Cross. “After the devastating Haiti earthquake, which took the lives of more than 230,000 people, the IRF allowed us to quickly purchase, ship and distribute aid. The Red Cross is extremely grateful for the support Little, Brown is providing toward our humanitarian mission.”
Next up for Meyer is the conclusion (at least, for now) of her "Twilight" series on film with part I of "Breaking Dawn" premiering Nov. 18, 2011. Part II will debut Nov. 16, 2012.