Authors Patrick Rothfuss (fantasy, The Name of the Wind) and Laurie King (mystery, The Language of Bees) are both big fans of the charity Heifer International, according to Heifer's magazine World Ark. Both authors have set up teams on the Heifer website to encourage their fans to donate to the nonprofit charitable organization based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Heifer International is dedicated to relieving global hunger and poverty by providing gifts of livestock and plants, as well as education in sustainable agriculture, to financially-disadvantaged families around the world.
Laurie King's "Fifteen Weeks of Bees" is over, but her Team LRK website is still up and accepting donations. "Fifteen Weeks of Bees" was a promotion for her new book combined with a an anniversary celebration of her first book and a fundraiser for Heifer.
Patrick Rothfuss' Worldbuilders donation page is accepting donations until January 15, 2010. Worldbuilders will match 50% of all donations made on his page until then. Also, whenever you donate $10 or more, you'll be entered in a lottery to win prizes--books, signed books, cool music. For more information about Patrick Rothfuss and Worldbuilders, check out the author's website.