Reading has always been sexy, and for many book lovers, authors even more so. Leduc and Young decided to take this, and what had begun as a casual Twitter exchange, a step further. Early in 2013, they officially announced plans for Bare It For Books, a calendar of Canadian author nudes. All proceeds from the calendar will be donated to PEN Canada, a charity that advocates for free speech. “Who wouldn’t want to get naked for a good cause?” quips Farzana Doctor, a novelist and Ms. March in Bare It For Books. With programs that advocate for writers in prison or in exile for their work, PEN Canada is certainly a cause that hits close to home for many writers.

Fernie’s very own Angie Abdou is Miss January!