Direwolves Defeat Lanniser

The Staten Island Direwolves defeated House Lannister 10-1 in front of a crowd of 7,529 at Richmond County Bank Ballpark on Staten Island. The Direwolves, normally the Staten Island Yankees, changed their name when they approached George R. R. Martin with the request to honor his works for a night of baseball. Martin agreed, but noted that he was unable to root for a team called the Yankees, hence the name change. In addition to baseball, the evening included an appearance by a live arctic wolf, jousting competition, trial by combat against Scooter, a reenactment of the red wedding featuring mascot Red, and swearing in of honorary Night’s Watch induction.
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Martin Donates Tolkien

George R.R. Martin donated a rare first edition of J.R.R. TOlkien’s The Hobbit to Texas A&M. The volume became the five millionth volume in the library’s collection. The first print run of The Hobbit, in 1937, was only 1,500 copies.
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Dine in King’s Landing

HBO is sponsoring a pop-up restaurant to be called “All Men Must Dine” for three days in February. The Game of Thrones themed banquets will take place in the Andaz Liverpool Hotel in London from February 13-15. Diners will have a chance to eat such delicacies as “The Lies of Tyrion Lanninster and his Proclaimed Innocence” (described as “Poached Veal Tongue with Beetroot, Horseradish and Oldtown Mustard”). Diners will be selected from those who submit entries to HBO, discussing their favorite Game of Thrones characters.
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Harris Collection Awards

George R. R. Martin and Tom Doherty received the first Harris Collection Literary Awards on October 23 at Brown University in Providence, RI. The award was inspired by the love of the arts demonstrated by Caleb Fiske Harris, who graduated from Brown in 1838, and celebrates the influence of literature in pop culture.

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Game of Throne Scripts Stolen

George R. R. Martin is reporting that two signed scripts from the first season of Game of Thrones. which were meant to be auctioned off for charity, were stolen from the US mail. The two final shooting scripts for episodes nine and ten of season one, “Baelor” and “Fire and Blood,” were autographed by writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and director Alan Taylor and printed on white paper. Martin would appreciate it if people could contact him if they see the scripts being offered for sale.

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Game of Thrones in Guinness Book

Actor Roy Dotrice has achieved an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records for the greatest number of characters voiced in an audio book. Dotrice created and maintained voices for 224 distinct characters in his record of the 28-disc unabridged Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin. Dotrice was scheduled to appear as Grand Master Pycelle in the HBO series based on Game of Thrones. He has previously appeared in Babylon 5, Sliders, and as Jacob Wells in Beauty and the Beast and Zeus in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

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George and Parris Marry

George R. R. Martin and Parris McBride got married on February 15 at their home. The two have been together since 1981, when Parris moved to live with George from her home in Portland.

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