Patrick Rothfuss is fun. He’s irreverent, he’s hysterical, he’s witty and he’s really, really talented. He also has a huge ol’ heart.
In 2007, Pat published his first book, The Name of the Wind, which immediately put him on the literary map (The Wise Man’s Fear was published in 2011). His accessibility via social media and through appearances (some small and sudden and wonderful) has garnered him a devoted fan following. But it is his work with Worldbuilders.org that really sets him apart.
Pat started Worldbuilders in 2008 “in order to use the collective power of readers, fellow authors and book lovers to make the world a better place.” Through donations of books, artwork, and all sorts of fun swag, Worldbuilders has raised over a million dollars via a yearly online auction to benefit Heifer International, an organization that’s working to end hunger by providing communities with the resources they need to support themselves. Additionally, merchandise inspired by Pat’s works can be purchased year round through the Tinker’s Pack, with profits also going to Heifer.org.
This level of philanthropy takes time, effort and dedication. Pat gives all three, openly, willingly, and lovingly. He’s a great writer, a fun fellow, and a helluva human being. Kinda makes you have faith in your fellow man again.