lauren-zurchin-beyond-words-a-year-of-daydreams-fantasy-author-calendar-paoliniOur good friend from the Inheritance Cycle Book Club podcast and Lytherus managing editor Lauren Zurchin is doing something awesome: photographing fourteen of the world’s most famous fantasy authors in custom costumes she’s creating, and putting the photos together into a fantasy calendar for charity. And, you guessed it, one of the authors for the project is Christopher Paolini himself!

This project is ambitious, and since it won’t come cheap to travel the country to shoot these twelve photos (not to mention making custom costumes and props for each and every photo), Lauren has taken to Kickstarter to raise the funds to make her idea a reality. Every author involved in the project has limited edition exclusive items up for grabs, prizes that are only offered this one time and never again. You can score a limited edition print of Christopher’s photo from the calendar, signed by the author himself, signed wall posters, a limited “personalized pack” from Christopher, which includes an autographed calendar and photo print — personalized to you, and other goodies. There’s even a deluxe prize which includes a Skype chat with Christopher!

The other authors involved are Brandon Mull, Gregory Maguire, Brandon Sanderson, Tad Williams, Patrick Rothfuss, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Lauren Kate, Lauren Oliver, Maggie Stiefvater, Gail Carriger, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff. As you can see, it’s quite the lineup of authors, and ALL of them are offering prizes. You can even score a calendar autographed by all 14 authors!

Once the calendar is made, proceeds from the sale of the calendars are going to two different charities (which is why, if you’re wondering, you can’t buy just a plain calendar on the Kickstarter). Head on over to Lauren’s blog, where she explains it all in more detail.

So, help Lauren and these authors make this project a reality by supporting her Kickstarter — and snag some awesome personalized and autographed Paolini loot in the process.

View all of the items and support a great cause over on Kickstarter.com!