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Who Can You Trust (to Publish YOU)?

It’s St. Martin’s Press! They’re sponsoring the Who Can You Trust? writing contest to celebrate the upcoming publication of A DIVIDED SPY by Charles Cumming.

The contest details are simple—write up to 1,000 words on how trust (or distrust) has changed your outlook on life in some way. Five winners will receive $250 and their submissions will be published in the paperback and ebook versions of A DIVIDED SPY!

Full contest details can be found at

Praise for A DIVIDED SPY:

“Bestseller Cumming’s nuanced, suspenseful third Thomas Kell novel… unfold[s] in a perfectly constructed plot that proves once again that Cumming is among today’s top spy thriller writers. ” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Cumming not only tells a moving human story here, he also constructs an airtight espionage plot full of unanticipated twists and leading up to a perfectly orchestrated finale.” — Booklist, starred review

“The prolific Cumming…writes with ruefully brittle intelligence and keeps the twists coming. ” — Kirkus Reviews


ATTN: Inked Librarians!

Ed Hardy wants YOU—Uncle Sam-style—to show off your literary tattoos for a chance to win an original piece of hand-painted flash by the man himself, Ed Hardy! 

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To enter submit your tattoo photos to the Ed Hardy Literary Tattoo Facebook page here:

And then get whitelisted to download the e-galley of Ed Hardy's forthcoming autobiography, WEAR YOUR DREAMS.

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This contest is open until June 16th, 2013. Contest details posted here (PDF). 


Win a Signed ARC of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore!

Winner: Chaunacey Dunklee, Fullerton Public Library!

Happy Wednesday, library friends! We're officially back in action after ALA Annual today, if somewhat red-eyed and yawn-prone. We haven't been crying! And you're not boring! We're just still living in the past (a.k.a. Pacific Time). 

After getting galley request after galley request at BEA, ALA Annual, and in my inbox, I think it's time to give a loving shout-out to one of our most anticipated debuts of the Fall: MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan! We're ecstatic that so many of you want to get your hands on this literary adventure! 

If you haven't heard about this one yet, think William Gibson conspiring with Haruki Murakami at midnight in the darkest aisle of a 24 hour bookstore in San Francisco. It's also part DA VINCI CODE and part You’ve Got Mail, but remains totally original. You get me? No?! Well, I guess it's just one of those books that you have to read for yourself!

And if the book weren't great enough, Robin is an absolute charmer! Warning Librarians: Author-Crush Zone dead ahead... At BEA Robin created a secret society of booksellers (I know!) and this summer Robin is hosting a Summer Reading series on his blog to share the backlist books he wants to talk about with you. We love it. Boing Boing loves it. You'll probably think it's pretty cool, too. 

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Robin was kind enough to sign an advanced reader's copy for us to give away to one lucky librarian! Leave a comment below with your full name and the library you work for by Monday, July 2nd to be entered into the random drawing.

Best of luck!

This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below.


The Jackie Collins Pink Collection Giveaway!

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UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Deborah Baker-Receniello of the Oakville Timberland Library!

Enter our Jackie Collins Pink Collection Giveaway!

We know, we know; there isn't an official "pink collection" for Ms. Collins, but we've pulled together a sweet little prize pack that's full of scandal, topped off with decadence, and all wrapped up in pink! 

One lucky librarian will win a copy of MARRIED LOVERS (audio), POOR LITTLE BITCH GIRL (audio), and GODDESS OF VENGEANCE (trade paperback)!  This is a great way to kick start your personal or professional library's Jackie Collins collection.

The best part? Jackie signed them all!!

Librarians, enter to win this prize pack by sending your name, your library, and your full mailing address to (Subject: Pink) by Friday, March 23rd. UPDATE: this contest is now closed.

This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below.


The Lover’s Dictionary Contest Winners!

Wow, wow, wow! We had such an amazing time reading through all of the great entries for our Valentine's Day creative contest inspired by THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY!

Here are a few of the definitions that made us laugh, sigh, and swoon:

Be's entry:

off-guard, adj.

Just when our life together eases into the humdrum and the mundane, you catch me off-guard and remind me of your capacity for generosity, kindness and joy. Wow!

P.S. Thanks for putting the cats out at 3 AM so I could sleep.

Maggie's entry:

darling, adj.

When you send a sweet text in the middle of the day.

darlinger, adj.comparitive

When you fill the gas tank in my car.

darlingest, adj. superlative

When we order a slice of chocolate cake "to share" and after it arrives, you say "Honestly, honey, I am so full, I couldn't eat a bite. Do you think you could finish it off so it doesn't go to waste?"

Robin B's entry:

Mismatch, n.

He likes Coke; I like Pepsi. He likes mayonnaise; I like Miracle Whip. He likes bleu cheese dressing; I like honey mustard. He likes TV; I like reading. He likes spicy; I like no spice. After 39 years of marriage, it doesn't matter.

Go read the rest of the entries in the comments section here! All of the winners have been notified via e-mail.


With Great Books, Comes Great Responsibility…

Can you scan barcodes faster than a speeding bullet? Leap tall bookshelves in a single bound? Well you might just be...

A Librarian Superhero!

We love seeing contests that reward amazing librarians. The sponsor, Gale/Cengage Learning, even promises to put the winning librarian superheros on a lunchbox! Is there any higher honor?

If you, or a librarian you know, should be nominated for this award, head over to the Are You a Librarian Superhero Facebook page and leave a post with their name, the name of their library, and what makes them a superhero in 250 words or less. Go! Full rules here.

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