A couple of weeks ago I linked to Ayelet Waldman's brainchild, Books for Barack. Yesterday she officially called it closed--and it was a success beyond her greatest expectations. She thought she might get a few hundred signed books from authors; she'd gotten over 1,500 before she finally felt so overwhelmed that she had to ask us to stop sending them. Then for a while she thought she'd gotten too many books to find enough monetary donors to send them to. But so many people sent in donations that she had to cut the size of the baskets from ten books to five; and then, even after all the books were gone, people still kept sending money. As of today, the whole effort has raised $66,000 for the Obama campaign. It's been a testament to the generosity and political consciousness of writers and readers.
Although I've gotten word that Ayelet isn't the only fundraiser who had a problem with getting too many books. Some fundraisers on the other side of the fence ran a similar Books for Palin event. They got so many books that they completely ran out of lighter fluid.