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Apprentice House Press donates proceeds from sale of Rob Hiaasen books

Candles are set out in a memorial for the five shooting victims at the Capital Gazette newsroom June 28, 2018, including Rob Hiaasen, second from left. At the request of Hiaasen’s widow, Maria, Apprentice House Press has given a total of $5,000 to Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence following the sale of Hiaasen’s work, “Float Plan” and “Love Punch.” (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Apprentice House Press, a student-run book publisher based at Loyola University Maryland, has contributed the proceeds from the sale of author Rob Hiaasen’s books “Float Plan” and “Love Punch & Other Collected Columns” to two nonprofits promoting gun safety.

At the request of Hiaasen’s widow, Maria Hiaasen, Apprentice House Press has given a total of $5,000 to Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Hiaasen’s reporting and columns are familiar to a broad community, from Annapolis to Baltimore. His career writing for The Baltimore Sun and The Capital ended when he was killed in a newsroom shooting on June 28, 2018. For many years prior, Hiaasen had been developing a novel, which Apprentice House Press posthumously published in August 2018.

A contemporary novel, “Float Plan” tells the story of a young man whose routine life is disrupted by a difficult year.

Many of Hiaasen’s columns were published on June 28, 2019, the one-year anniversary of his death, as “Love Punch & Other Collected Columns,” also available through Apprentice House.

Apprentice House is the nation’s first entirely student-managed book publisher. Students at Loyola University Maryland are responsible for every aspect of the publishing process, from acquisitions to design and publication of every book.