The 2014 “Beyond Words” Fantasy Author Charity Calendar

As Patrick Rothfuss noted on his blog, right now you can get a supercool calendar and help out some worthwhile charities when you do.

Here’s a description of the 2014 “Beyond Words” Fantasy Author Calendar, which includes beautiful photography by Lauren Zurchin:

Award-winning photographer Lauren Zurchin has created a fantasy photography calendar with fourteen world-famous authors: Holly Black, Gail Carriger, Cassandra Clare, Tessa Gratton, Lauren Kate, Gregory Maguire, Brandon Mull, Lauren Oliver, Christopher Paolini, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Maggie Stiefvater, Tad Williams, and Brenna Yovanoff.

Each month features a photograph of a different author (or authors, in one case) dressed in custom costumes made by Lauren, and placed in unique locations with one-of-a-kind props. The overall effect is sometimes dark, sometimes ethereal, sometimes whimsical, and completely fantasy.

Proceeds will go to two charities: First Book and Worldbuilders.

Here about this awesome calendar in their own words, right here:
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In the mood for a Holiday read? How about a story from Elizabeth Hand? How about helping out a charity? How about all three!

All proceeds from the ebook sales for Elizabeth Hand’s short novel Chip Crockett’s Christmas Carol, a quirky modern-day homage to A Christmas Carol, will be donated to Autism Speaks.

Here’s what the story is about…
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Want $150 worth of books for only $20?

Now through Sunday October 20th, DriveThruFiction.com has partnered with over 30 publishers to offer a $20 charity bundle of eBooks to support the nationally-recognized Feeding America organization

Press release follows…
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As previously mentioned, fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss is lending his time and talents to support Heifer International, a global development nonprofit working to end hunger and poverty and protect the planet. Through his Worldbuilders Foundation, Pat hopes to raise $500,000 for Heifer during his current fundraiser, which ends next Friday, January 18 January 21. To that end, over the course of the fundraiser, he is providing donors and fans the chance to make a cameo appearance in an upcoming book, play Dungeons & Dragons with him and other authors, or spend a spring weekend with him and his staff at Heifer Ranch.

Details can be found in the following press release.
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Jim C. Hines Strikes a Pose for Charity

Author and Hugo Award-winning fan writer Jim C. Hines, he of the Women and Fantasy Covers post, is at it again…only this time in the name of charity.

Jim has launched an annual fundraiser to benefit the Aicardi Syndrome Foundation. What he’s offering is brand new cover poses like the one above. The more that’s donated, the more he’ll do. John Scalzi is in on this and figures into the tiered poses.

Check out Jim’s post Cover Posing for a Good Cause for more information.

I have a huge soft spot in my heart for hurricane victims.

About six weeks after Hurricane Katrina, I flew down to Mississippi where I spent the next six months living in a town that was about 98% demolished and roughly ten miles east of where the eye had passed. Before that experience, hurricanes were sad, and the people who lost everything to them were tragic, but it was abstract. I’d care for a few minutes before my own life made me forget about it. I never realized just how tragic and how horrible it all was until I toured a completely leveled city with people who had spent their entire lives there.

My experience with Hurricane Katrina changed my life forever. I wasn’t much of a humanitarian before I spent my time in Mississippi, but now I have a bleeding heart. I watched strangers help each other fix roofs, protect each other, feed each other, donate clothes and medical supplies, help clean up demolished property, help each other deal with loss and so much more. I saw how much one person could change a community and I saw how important the effort of one individual was in the face of such calamity. Now I can’t seem to stop myself from participating in humanitarian efforts, especially ones focusing on hurricane relief.

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