Around the Nation

George R.R. Martin Has Novel Way To Raise Money For Charities

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Game of Thrones author has turned to crowdfunding to raise money for a couple of charities. For $20,000 you could have a character named after you in a future novel.


And now a quick shout-out to "Game Of Thrones" fans. No spoilers, I promise. If you're among the millions of viewers who tune into the HBO series each week, despite the horrifying death its main characters keep suffering, you're going to love this. George R.R. Martin, who wrote the books the series is based on, is fundraising for a couple of his favorite charities, the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Food Depot of Santa Fe, New Mexico. For $20,000, you can have a character named after you in a future Martin novel. And he promises your character will certainly meet a grisly death. If that price tag seems high, in a Youtube video, Martin revealed these added deal sweeteners.


GEORGE R. R. MARTIN: How'd you like to spend a day with me? Fly you in from anywhere in the world to Santa Fe, New Mexico, my hometown. We'll have a great dinner together. The next day, we'll take a helicopter ride from Santa Fe right here to Candy Kitchen. We'll visit the sanctuary. We'll see the wolves, and along the way, we can talk about dragons, direwolves, "Game Of Thrones," wild card, anything you want talk about.

GREENE: Anything you want to talk about or rants about, like how you could kill off - oh, that's right. Forgot, no spoilers. I promised. It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

Copyright © 2014 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from