Foreword by actor Rachel Miner
Fandom can save the world! This first-of-its-kind, actionable, and inspirational resource provides the tools and motivation necessary for pop culture fans to make a difference—while having fun.
Fandoms are united as a community because of the power of story. And it’s exactly the magical alchemy forged when mixing story and community that has helped fandoms across the world feed thousands of hungry children, donate countless books, build schools, register voters, disrupt online hate speech, and save lives by coordinating natural disaster response and providing mental health crisis support.
Fandom Acts of Kindness not only tells the stories of the good fans have done in the world but serves as a dungeon master’s guide to how to be a hero yourself. Perfect for those who want to inspire others, organize collective action, sustain, and nurture your own mental health and creativity, and do it all through a pop culture perspective.
A portion of the proceeds from Fandom Acts of Kindness will benefit the non-profit organization Random Acts.
About the Co-Author
Tanya Cook, PhD, (she/her) is a sociology professor at the Community College of Aurora near Denver, CO. In 2019, Cook was one of 26 community college faculty awarded a research grant from Mellon/ACLS to support sociological research on fandom. Her research and writing interests include social movements, sociological theory, and popular culture. Cook has written articles for The Journal of Fandom Studies and The Journal of Screenwriting that feature Game of Thrones and Wynonna Earp, respectively. She was named the Inclusive Excellence Faculty of the Year in 2018 by her college for her efforts to engage diversity in the classroom.
About the Co-Author
Title: Fandom Acts of Kindness
Subtitle: A Heroic Guide to Activism, Advocacy, and Doing Chaotic Good
co-author: Tanya Cook, PhD
co-author: Kaela Joseph, PhD
Publication Date: January 3, 2023
Publisher: Smart Pop, an imprint of BenBella Books, Inc.
Price: $17.95 US
Page Count: 192