Friday, October 10, 2008

Books for Barack

If you visit regularly, you know I don't talk politics much.

But you also won't be surprised, I imagine, to know I'm a Barack Obama supporter. An enthusiastic supporter. A once in a lifetime opportunity let's not screw it up type of supporter. I've got the tee-shirts, the bumper stickers, the sign in the window. I've made donations. I've wagged my tongue at parties. Oops. I guess I do get political some times. And...

I've contributed to the Books for Barack program. George RR Martin emailed me about it (yes, yes, I'm name dropping, but... wouldn't you? I've got emails from GRRM in my inbox! You don't think I want people to know it? But anyway...) However I got directed toward it, I loved the idea. Here's the deal...

Books for Barack is the brainchild of novelist Ayelet Waldman, whose impassioned — and expletive-laden — e-mail to politically like-minded writers went, as she put it, "viral." Ayelet's solicitation for signed copies of their books for a fundraiser for has touched a literary nerve, yielding an outpouring of over books (as of Monday, September 22) from across the country.

I think that number has skyrocketed recently. Okay, but how does it work? See here...

It's really quite simple. If you donate $250 or more to Barack Obama's campaign through Ayelet's MyBarackObama website, you will receive a mystery bag of 10 books, all in a canvas tote printed with the BOOKS FOR BARACK logo. The bags will be assembled randomly and tied closed so that no one — not even Ayelet — will know the contents of any specific bag. Your bag could contain a signed first edition copy of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, a signed first edition copy of Stephen King's Hearts of Atlantis or a fine collection of poetry by a writer you've been waiting to discover.

So how deep are your pockets? Maybe don't have $250 to give? Okay, I get it. But maybe you'll still click over and... oh, I don't know. Either contribute or at least just share in the vibe. Politics and books, good stuff.



Blogger Mark Lavallee said...

okay I'll bite.

You should head over to Pat's blog and read his Public Service Announcement on why you may not want to vote. (Not YOU, specifically, but understood YOU as in the general... oh poo just head over there. Geez.)


2:14 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Oh, Patrick... getting political... It is, as ever with Mr. Rothfuss, a fun read.

Thanks for the heads-up about it.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Brendan McGinley said...


I do look forward to this election. Is this what it takes to get real character and hope -- eight years of doom and psychopathy?

Bring on the change. Gooooobama.

9:23 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


You asked: "Is this what it takes to get real character and hope -- eight years of doom and psychopathy?"

I answer: "Yes."

12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dang it, dang it, dang it! I've already donated about $300 in chunks and tapped myself out. If only I'd known about this earlier! What a great idea. Oh dang dang dang!!!!

PS: It's totally cool you get email from GRRM. I just got one from Cory Doctorow tonight and nearly wet my drawers. What a thrill it is for us fans to have a writer-hero turn up in the inbox or respond to a comment, all casual-like and unsnobberly. I'm really starting to like this internet thingamajig.

12:50 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


$300? In real money? That's awesome.

Kind of a shame that you didn't get in on the BFB thing, though. Honestly, depending on what books you get you could receive something worth more than $250. I know, for example, that GRRM sent quite a stash of signed copies. I bet he tossed in a few collector's gems...

2:09 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

What a cool idea! I, like Erika, wish I had known about it sooner (my husband and I did the chunk by chunk bit - since January) but this may be worth a splurge - and seeing as we're headed into the final ugly weeks (Senator McCain is already labeling Senator Obama's policies as "socialist" in his stump speeches...sigh...) some more money on the side of *hope* might be just the thing. Thanks for spreading the word!

11:05 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

My pleasure, Teri. Sounds like you've more than done your part already, though. And you're not alone. Mr. Obama has quite a bit of cash at his disposal, doesn't he? Which is good, because you're right - it's gonna get nastier...

8:10 PM  

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