Last year, with the Worldcon held in Montréal, I supplied books from my own collection for the Brotherhood without Banners' (the cool folks on GRRM's message board of Westeros) charity raffle. The organizers of the BwB party select a local charity to support and then raise funds prior and during the party.
Anyway, I was asked if I could pitch in once again this year, even though the Worldcon was held in Melbourne, Australia. The money would go to the Children's literacy charity. So of course I said yes! And I just learned that the BwB raised an amazing 1144$!!!! Kudos to everyone involved for a job well-done, even though I hear there was a major fuck-up that threatened to send the party down the crapper. . .
I don't have much merit, as I was just the middleman, but I want to send out thanks to those who agreed to ship prizes to Oz for the charity raffle: Justin at Tor Books, Chloe at Pan Macmillan, and Bill at Subterranean Press.
Special thanks also go out to Guy Gavriel Kay, Peter V. Brett, Patrick Rothfuss, and George R. R. Martin for their generosity.
Can't believe they actually managed to raise 1144$! And that's without the benefit of having Chataya in her catwoman costume! ;-) So congrats, guys, for all the hard work you put in once again. Too bad I missed the party!