Friday's Finds - News and Giveaways

Friday, June 20, 2008

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. Happy book-end!


I'll start off with mine :)
Father's Day Giveaway - St.Martins (3 books to win). Ends 6/30.

According to BBC News, an appearance by Sir Sean Connery at Edinburgh's International Book Festival in August has sold out within an hour of going on sale. The event, which will launch his autobiography Being a Scot, coincides with the veteran actor's 78th birthday. The 2008 book festival programme is the biggest ever, with more than 800 authors appearing in Charlotte Square Gardens. Other highlights include appearances from Salman Rushdie, Alan Sillitoe, Menzies Campbell and Louis de Bernieres.

Book Addiction -There are FIVE (good condition) Picoult books up for grabs. Ends 6/30

The Associated Press reports this week that a first edition of the Nicolaus Copernicus book, the 1543 edition of “On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres”, declaring it is the sun – and not the earth – that is at the center of the universe went for more than $2.2 million at Christie’s auction in New York.

A Book Lover - She Always Wore Red by Angela Elwell Hunt. Ends 6/24

The Guardian
says, Blackwell's is to become the first high-street bookseller in the UK to offer print-on-demand books while customers wait. The innovation will be delivered by an "Espresso Book Machine" (EBM), which can print and bind any one of a million titles. (what next?!)

Book Roast - Authors, books and some roasting. Ongoing.

Derek Powazek has taken the wraps off of MagCloud, a pilot print-on-demand service for magazines. (apparently this!)

A Patchwork of books - 5 copies of The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson. Ends 6/22

At ShelfTalker, Alison Morris is all praise for Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (HarperTeen, August 2008). The prologue, which she's included in her post, makes it clear why she dropped the book she was reading in favor of this one. I must admit, after reading it I'm eager to read this one as well as previous books by this talented YA author.

And on yet another post, Alison asks "If there was a direct correlation between quality of writing and sex appeal, what authors (male or female) would you want to sleep/flirt with?"

My answers would be Arthur Conan Doyle and Enid Blyton. What about you?

West of Mars - Bobbie Faye's Very Bad Day by Toni McGee Causey. Ends 6/22

Barbara Vey has some reading recommendations which include The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu, Three Nights of Sin by Anne Mallory, A Rake's Guide to Seduction by Caroline Linden and The Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters.

Lulu's Vintage - two copies each of EllynAnne Geisel's The Apron Book and Apronisms. Ends 7/11

Readers Read says - First round bids were due Monday from companies that wish to buy bookseller Borders. Barnes and Noble is one of the companies that is interested. The Financial Times says that Borders has already rejected numerous offers for the company.

Planet Books
- Autographed hardback copy of Matrimony by Joshua Henkin. Ends 6/30

Scrrips News
says, if you want to meet the Arab world's best-selling author, you have make an appointment between the checkups and teeth whitenings at Alaa al-Aswany's dental practice. The man who wrote "The Yacoubian Building," which broke sales records in Egypt and the Arab world before spawning the country's biggest-budget movie ever, no longer needs his day job to help him pay the bills. But for al-Aswany, dentistry and novel writing are linked, the former helping him find and develop the characters for the latter.

Kathleen’s Book Reviews
- The Triumph of Deborah by Eva Etzioni-Halevy. Ends 6/21

From Metro - Marina Fiorato took a leaf out of JK Rowling's book, sitting in coffee shops while she worked on her Venetian ­romance The Glassblower Of Murano. But Ms Fiorato was turned down by every publisher she tried – until a German one bought her debut and sold 150,000 copies of it.

Lori’s Reading Corner - A choice of your book up to a $30 value. Ends 6/30

The Wall Street Journal says Inc. shows its growing clout with readers by promoting a debut novel and now this book has gone into its seventh printing -- a total of 90,000 copies -- a week after its publication. Published June 10 by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" is a classic coming-of-age tale of a mute boy and his dog set in rural Wisconsin.

Ready When You Are, C.B. - Saturday by Ian McEwan. Ends 6/25

From Trashionista - For anyone out there who is suffering from Sex and The City withdrawal symptoms, well, withdraw no more (or for just a little bit longer anyway). Candace Bushnell has her fifth novel out this September called One Fifth Avenue.

Laurie's Laudanum - At Risk by Alison Kent. Ends 6/22

Tasha Tudor, whose children’s books evoked a gentle bygone world, has died in Vermont at 92. Her 1944 edition of 'Mother Goose' was so successful it enabled her to buy a New Hampshire farm and create a lifestyle rooted in the early 19th century. Via L.A.Times

The Inside Cover - All About Lulu by Jonathan Evison. Ends 6/25

*** Edited to Add ***
Just discovered Bookbinge's Summer Fun contest! Check it out!

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2 People said

  1. I love the idea of an Electronic Book Machine!

  2. Lol, buy your groceries and print your book right there :)


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