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Okay, I'm going to go ahead and tell you about this so you can clear a little time off your schedule. I'm friendly with Melissa at the Leaky Cauldron, and she asked if I had a book I could sign and donate to the HP Alliance Haiti fundraiser ("Helping Haiti Heal"), and I said, well, I'm out of hardcovers, but I've got a box of paperbacks, so most definitely. So: I'm calling it a "podathon," but there's going to be a four-hour livestream webcast on Saturday from 2 to 6 pm EST:

Fans of all kinds will be coming together to raise money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake. Rooted in the Harry Potter community, and representing many fan communities (including Heroes, Lost, True Blood, The Wire and Firefly), this group of podcasters, musicians, artists and activists will put on a four-hour show that includes entertainment, performance, interviews, news and a lot more. We will laugh, talk and listen while we raise money for Partners in Health, an organization helping those hardest hit by the tragedy.

It's still in the process of being pulled together, so the list of participants and donations is growing as we speak, but my understanding is that they're going to have a raffle setup where you get entered for various levels of prizes based on how much you donate. You're eligible for this/that at $20, you're eligible for this/that and more at $50, I don't know, they can explain it better than I can. So, again, what I'm providing is a copy (or three, or five, or whatever, I don't know how many they want yet) of the paperback edition, which you cannot get in North America, forget if it's signed or not. But it will be! For Haiti! But not signed to Haiti, because Haiti's a land mass and it can't read. Woe.

The paperback does have a different cover from the hardback edition, and the title has been tweaked, but they are the same text. I just want you to know what you're raffling for. I don't know exactly how this is going to work, but a copy would probably be mailed straight to the winner from me, so I don't see why I couldn't personalize it. AND ALSO they're going to be giving away various items, generally signed where applicable, including books from Lilith Saintcrow, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Lisa Mantchev, and Heather and Jessica from Go Fug Yourself, and other things that have been added to the scrolly widget while I was in the process of writing this. I think I saw a $200 replica lightsaber in there somewhere.


      Five lots of one signed and DEDICATED copy of UNSEEN ACADEMICALS by Sir Terry Pratchett (VERY RARE!)

      donated by Sir Terry Pratchett


There's at least a couple of other donations in the works that will be equally exciting, if not more so, if that is even possible, but I am not at liberty to reveal them at this time.

In conclusion: Does George Clooney give you awesome stuff? No, he does not. I mean, thank God that his show is on Friday and the HP one is on Saturday. I'm just saying.

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I would personally sacrifice a dozen fat juicy babies to the demon of choice for a signed & dedicated copy of a Terry Pratchett book. THIS DONATION IDEA SEEMS A LOT EASIER. And less messy.

Well, you're not guaranteed to get it, but it's a good Plan A.

Sounds exciting :D Helping a good cause AND having a good time - Satuday's don't get much better (or more productive) than that :D

This is so exciting. I was wondering how it was going to work, because I didn't think regular bidding would be the easiest. I like this method!

Fandom can be kind of awesome sometimes. (Batshit crazy sometimes, yes, but also awesome.)

Yeah. I do think they're trying to set up a slightly different way to do the Pratchett books, though, because you want to make sure that something so valuable (and personalized) goes to someone who really wants it. Either that, or put it way up at the top of the donation range.

Yay, we can post about it now? As soon as I get home to a normal computer I will post too. :)

This is just what I pulled off their official page. I assume that if it's on the site, it's okay to talk about, unlike the two or three things we were discussing this afternoon. /sekrit

Got it! Cool. :) By the time I get home it will already be everywhere, I bet. Heeee.


I'm Tita and I'm a staff member of the HP Alliance (thehpalliance.org)... Please feel free to re-post what we have on our website, tweet, blog, make videos or whatever you please regarding this. The more people we can get, the better!

Thanks for posting this Cleolinda! You are pretty awesome...

That is such a nice thing to do for charity, the people of Haiti are in such dire need. I've already donated and can't really afford to give more at this time, but it's such a terrific idea.

Yeah, I'm slightly afraid that the Clooney telethon will use up a lot of donating power, but--let's face it, fandom and the mainstream are not mutually inclusive audiences. And, again: we have stuff and Clooney doesn't. I'm just really glad I was able to help out, because I wanted to do something in a fannish capacity in addition to a personal donation, and I had no idea what to do.

What an awesome idea. Fandom for the win.

I NEED YOUR BOOK! LOL I will try my best to give what I can. But seriously I totally went Cleo fangirl while reading the post OMG SIGNED COPY *is ded* kind of flailing going on for about 20 seconds. ^_^

don't get me wrong - i adore you, i'm pretty sure that you are my favorite "online person"

but my heart STOPPED at the thought of a SIGNED AND DEDICATED TERRY PRATCHETT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


i really wish i hadn't donated all that i can donate already - gonna hit up friends. a LOT. a WHOLE LOTE.

It sounds really great. I donated a little bit right when the news hit and then a few days afterward was hit with my tuition --ULP. I've been trying to think of more ways I can help--been seeing calls for donated sweaters/jackets and might look into that. Bless you for helping our neighbors in those beautiful turquoise waters to the south.

This is such a great idea! I wish I had something to donate to the prize list. I hope this podcast is a success!

HEY NOW! GCloone gives you sparklepire and Bono. :P back up.

YAYYAYAYAYAYAY!! This saturday thing you speak of will be wonderful!!

But does he deliver them to your house?

... no, seriously, does he?

welllllll..... special circumstances are special :P

As most people have said: HOLY CRAP THAT'S AWESOME!

I already bought your book (yay for Amazon people in England!!) but even the thought of Terry Pratchett sent me into full body goosebumps.

I feel like I may be eating Ramen for months to be able to try to afford this, but it's for a good cause, yes?

I love how you say that all casually, like, I'm friendly with Melissa. So jealous.

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