Here are Book News / Giveaways galore for this weekend. I'm always happy to promote books, authors and other book bloggers. So if you have something to share (news, reviews, giveaways etc), just let me know via the contact form (link above in the menu bar, above the header) or email me at abookblogger at gmail dot com with the details.
I'll be back on Monday with more (or earlier if I find something I must share :). Happy book-end!
Globe and Mail : Two 21-year-old women have landed a book deal after writing a book together online in only 18 days. Danielle Bennett, from Victoria, and Jaida Jones, from New York, managed to attract the attention of a major publishing house with a fantasy novel featuring flying metal dragons, magicians and an all-out battle between warring rivals. Their 400-page hardcover book, Havemercy released this week to great reviews. Two Rowlings in the making?!
Booking Mama has a copy of The Memory of Water by Karen White to give one lucky commenter. Ends 11:59 p.m. on June 30.
UPI - A rare first edition, three-volume copy of Jane Austen's 19th century novel "Emma" has sold for $355,000 at a London auction. The Times of London said the sale through Bonhams auction house set a record for the highest price ever paid for an Austen novel. Both the seller and the buyer's identities were kept secret. The book about an irrepressible matchmaker was one of 12 presentation copies, was given by Austen to her friend Anne Sharp, who had been governess to the children of Austen's brother's children.
Workman, has kindly offered to give away five book copies and two calendars of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die to Gadling readers (shipping included).
Yahoo News - Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday gave the author Salman Rushdie the knighthood which caused protests by Muslims around the world when it was announced last year. Rushdie, 61, was knighted for his services to literature. The Indian-born writer, who was raised as a Sunni Muslim, has lived since 1989 under the shadow of an Iranian fatwa -- or religious decree -- calling for his death over his controversial novel "The Satanic Verses".
Class of 2k8 has a nice interview with a book reviewer and is also giving away A Difficult Boy by M. P. Barker
Canadian author Margaret Atwood has won Spain's Prince of Asturias literary prize. The jury praised the 68-year-old writer for work that covers several genres "with sharpness and irony."
Author, Author is giving away 6 copies of Jonathan Miles' Dear American Airlines.
Salon - In his absorbing new book, American Nerd: The Story of My People Benjamin Nugent chronicles this underdog class. He considers the etymology of the word "nerd" -- possible origins include the name of a creature in Dr. Seuss' 1950 book "If I Ran the Zoo," and a bucktoothed ventriloquist dummy dubbed "Mortimer Snerd" -- and explores the world of hipsters, "an androgynous paradise where adults of both sexes look like enlarged spelling-bee champions." Are nerds born, or are they made? According to Nugent, it's both.
At Becoming His, you have one in a seven chance of winning Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver
Prolific mystery writer Lawrence Blocks talks to PW about his latest series starring Keller, the laconic, stamp-collecting hitman on the brink of retirement. William Morrow will publish Hit and Run (click here to preview the book in HC's Browse Inside) on June 24, which is also Block’s 70th birthday.
Jewels in my Crown is hosting a Book giveaway Carnival that's ending soon!
Galleycat - Ace publicist Valerie Cortes has turned the fall frontlist from the science fiction imprint and its fantasy-driven counterpart, Roc, into a five-minute music video.
Callapidder Days is giving away The Forbidden by Beverly Lewis.
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Father's Day Giveaway - St.Martins (3 books to win). Ends June 30.