Fifteen Weeks, at an end

As of today, the Fifteen Weeks of Bees is officially over. We opened its doors on the first of February, and thanks to the concerted efforts of a large number of highly competent and hard-working women (some of whom were not even related to me, although by now they may feel they are) we kept it up for three and a half months: every one of those weeks saw five or more “Mutterings”, a Russell blog post, a contest or giveaway, and a LRK guest blog somewhere in the blogosphere.  The web site was totally renovated, two book-related videos added, and a long period of free downloads of the Beekeeper’s Apprentice e-book. Several thousand people are still following Mary Russell on Twitter, which has to be a sign of some kind of severe societal madness infecting the world, and we’ve suggested the first element of next year’s contests, illuminating Russell’s MyStory.

Last night, at an event at the San Francisco Public Library that celebrated the 150th birthday of Arthur Conan Doyle, we drew the names of the last two winners of the Fifteen Weeks.

Among the many who sent me their receipt from an independent bookseller, we drew one name to receive the broadside “A Venomous Death”: that goes to Daniel Medow in Michigan, for a copy he bought in the Book Beat in Oak Park, Michigan.

And of the many who sent $60 or more to Heifer International, helping us raise—ready for this?

$10,000 !!!

was Patricia Toner. Patricia will name a character in The Green Man—Pat, we’ll be in touch.

$10,000 for Heifer International. Wow. Plus the monies accumulated through the Amazon and CafePress stores. Thank you all, for helping support this great cause, and thank you, everyone, for putting The Language of Bees on so many bestseller lists across the country.

I’ll have more to say about various events of the tour and about Fifteen Weeks beginning next week, so don’t think we’re entirely finished with you. And Russell will continue Tweeting, if at a lesser rate.

Bless you all, for having fun with this.


  1. Strawberry Curls on May 22, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks for fifteen weeks of funs. It has been a ball.


  2. Laraine on May 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Well, that’s the deal, isn’t it? Everyone had fun, which makes work seem like play and commitment seem natural. Good going, Laurie, for inspiring the fun. Glad that ‘Language’ has gotten great attention. I’ll be in Atlanta when you’re in L.A. in June . . . guess our orbit will have to intersect another time. Have fun, then and now.

  3. Pat Floyd on May 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks to all the people who made the fifteen weeks such fun and so informative.

  4. Sara on May 24, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Thanks to all the people who made the 15 weeks possible- we had so much fun!!! And congratulations to us ALL for our stellar Heifer donations. That is something to be proud of.

  5. Kerry on May 24, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Congratulations to all winners, and to Laurie and her team on a wonderful 15 weeks. I hope we can have another “creative commons” around Green Man; I really enjoyed pushing myself into new creative endeavors!

  6. Chris on May 25, 2009 at 2:15 am

    Yes indeed, many thanks to ALL at Team LRK for a very entertaining few months!

  7. Roxanne on May 26, 2009 at 7:11 am


    That is amazing. I am so proud of all of us. Way to go VBCers, LOMers, FOLs et al.


  8. Bill Mosteller on May 29, 2009 at 7:49 am

    My package came recently from Heifer International, and I was astounded to see that it included 16 oz. of honey. I knew some honey was part of the deal, but I expected a thimble or so. Good value! I’m impressed.

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