Author Sherman Alexie suggested that authors spend an hour volunteering in their local indie bookstore on Small Business Saturday. I thought it was a great idea. I’ll be at my official bookstore, and the one closest to me, Once Upon A Time Bookstore in Montrose, Calif. I’ll be walking around, wearing a hat (they asked me). I’ll talk to people about my favorite books, writing and publishing or maybe my favorite films (Catching Fire).
I’ll bring the new bookmarks that link to the iPad Air giveaway contest when you pre-order ENDERS, and also a few chapter samplers and teacher’s guides. There are wonderful authors before and after me, too. So I hope to see you there!
Oh, if you can’t be there, and want a book personalized to you or someone else for a gift, this is a good time for that. You can do that via their website.
Barnes & Noble is having a Discovery Day this Friday, Nov 22. The Marina branch asked me to appear at 5 pm for an hour. I know that is rush hour, so if you are planning on coming, you might want to come earlier and sit and have coffee or tea.
Can’t wait to meet you. I’ll bring the new bookmarks and I’m happy to sign those at this event. The first three people will get a free chapter sampler too.
For directions and more info: http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/82276
Everyone wants to help and this is a way you can aid the Philippines relief effort and also get an ENDERS ARC. There are few of these as publishers turn more to e-versions. ARCs are more expensive to print than a hardback due to the small print numbers, so even the authors only get a handful. It is different from the finished book, as usually happens, so that’s of interest to some people.
I’ll sign it and you’ll also get a signed copy of STARTERS, a bookmark and other swag, and if you are local or can get yourself to Southern California, you’ll also be introduced at the ENDERS launch party on Jan 7th! (if you’re shy, we can skip that part, you can just come and party).
Because this is a completely new auction, not many people know about it. You might get a real bargain. It only goes until Nov 20 so hurry over. International okay.
My Dutch publisher, who has this beautiful cover, did a nice giveaway recently to celebrate the release of Enders in the Netherlands. Love the placement of Enders next to these amazing books.
On the Examiner site, STARTERS was included in a list of 11 Dystopian YA book series to read after Allegiant. http://www.examiner.com/list/11-dystopian-ya-book-series-to-cure-your-post-allegiant-hangover
A wonderful friend, Joanne MacCallum, hosted a fun evening where I spoke to her two book clubs. Emily Corliss is a Cordon-bleu chef, usually cooking at Mozza in Newport, but occasionally lending her talents to private functions. She made all the amazing food you’ll see in the photos below. Joanne is a busy interior designer and you can get a sense of her talents by the incredible tables she arranged.
Yes, that’s an old typewriter and she put in the first page of my book. Love!
I loved meeting the book club members. One (an Ender) told me that she’d never read a YA book before mine. I was relieved she loved it or all YA authors could blame me for ruining everything for everyone else.
My friend Joan helped by taking photos and my friend Heather’s husband, Devan, served as technical assistant (he’s really a doctor). Thanks to the hard-working and talented MacCallum family for hosting this memorable evening!
Chef Emily Corliss can be reached at emilycorliss then the at sign aol.com if you wish to contact her for a personal chef inquiry in Southern California.
Earlier this month, I was at the Boston Book Festival. This is an amazing event in the heart of downtown Boston. Friday night there was a private party for the authors at a hotel. After the cocktail party, we went into this beautiful church next store to hear Salman Rushdie who was giving the keynote in the form of an interview.
Salman said that he regretted going into hiding for twelve years. That’s a dilemma – how do you really know what’s right, what will keep you safe? It was a fascinating interview with Homi Bhabha.
The next day, I went into the green room to pick up my goody bag which the festival filled with an umbrella, lip balm, metal water bottle with logo, power bars and more. I ran into Marissa Meyer in the green room and we got to catch up. Last time I saw her was when we were on the same Comic-Con panel this summer. There were only two YA panels at this festival and she was on the morning one and I was on the afternoon one.
With Alexandra Coutts (Tumble and Fall), Jessica Khoury (Origin) and our moderator Maya Escobar.
Happily, the YA fans stayed around from the morning panel to attend ours. The 130 seats filled and some 25 more were sitting on the floor or standing. They actually turned away people at the door due to fire regulations. It was great to meet everyone and Boston always has such smart audiences.
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Excited? Me too. This will be the newest iPad Air. You can pre-order anywhere to win.
In addition, my closest indie bookstore has a separate, additional contest. If you order from Once Upon A Time in Montrose, Ca (see link to the right), your book can be personalized to you and signed. Everyone who orders from this store will receive special swag (a bookmark and something special) and a letter from one of three characters (yes, one will be Michael). And — one lucky winner will get a $100 gift card for use at your choice of an indie bookstore!
This is all in addition to the iPad Air entry.
If you have any questions, ask me in the comments. GOOD LUCK, EVERYONE!
Sorry international readers, this contest is U.S. only, but we will be having contests for you later.
Winners of my YASH bonus contest are listed below. Your names are shortened to protect your privacy unless you have a public name, and if there is any confusion, the top five winners have been notified by email.
Third to fifth place winners (chapter sampler and bookmarks, signed):
3. Sua S.
4. Avril L. (international)
5. Heather Bak.S.
Second place winner:
Paris S. (international)
(because she is international, she will get a prize but also I am adding Stephanie at Inspiring Insomnia to win the physical second place prize)
And the winner of the ENDERS ARC and Starters paperback is
I also pulled extra bonus winners from FB to win more 3rd place prizes:
The busy bibliophile
From the comments:
And from EW.com:
If you are one of the bonus winners listed and have not been emailed, please email me at the address on this site with your snail mail address.
If you did not win, there will be more, be sure to check here on Oct 21st!
Another contest is going on right now where you can win 24 thrillers including STARTERS. It is 18 and up, US only and goes until Oct 16th.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Good luck, all!
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