Monday, May 10, 2010

Contest: Recommend A Good (New) Canadian Novel; Win An Autographed Copy Of The Handmaid's Tale

I was in the library yesterday, and a friend was sitting on the floor surfing a purse blog. The purse blog, which is located at purseblog.com was running some kind of contest in which readers could win a purse or a clutch or a wristlet or whatever women use to carry their phones and a VISA. She told me that contests are huge, and that all good blogs use them to attract readers. This isn't a "good" blog, and readers keep trickling in despite the lack of content, but in the name of fairness I'm willing to hold the first Canadian literature contest in which entrants may actually win something of real value: an autographed first edition of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. It's my least favourite book; I think an incredibly self-indulgent fantasy that doesn't read well and just isn't very good.

So why do I have it? I was at Atwood's place a year or so ago and she was carting out a few boxes of junk. Only, in Toronto, there are certain things that the city won't pick up. You clean out your basement or garage, put the stuff on the curb, and the garbage haulers'll laugh at you as they stop, pick up one bag or one box, and leave the rest behind with an orange or green sticker to let you know that you're fucked. Then you find that the city's policy of conservation and carbon footprint reduction is really about not letting you throw anything away.

So Atwood was tossing the boxes and asked me to carry one to the curb. I said, "They'll never take this; it's a box, and it's too heavy." She said, "Well, they're just books. They'll be recycled." I opened the box, rooted around, and they were all copies of Atwood novels that I guess had been issued as promo copies. She was tossing them. They were all autographed. I said, "Why are these all signed?" She said, "Practice." I said, "Yeah, but why's this one addressed to Beverly?" "I like the name."

So Atwood hones her signature on first editions. And she likes the name Beverly. Who knew.

Here's the contest: The first person who recommends a good Canadian novel published within the past five years wins the book. No catches; it's that simple. Just comment on this post, recommend a book, and if I like it you win.

Or, the first person to send in a nude photo of Rudy Wiebe wins all of the books: autographed first editions of every Atwood novel published to date.

23 comments:

Russell McPhee said...

I find Kim Echlin's work to be quite piquant. Perhaps you might check out The Disappeared.

Rachel Ott said...

Mean Boy by Lynn Coady.

Anonymous said...

用行動來支持你~~~不留言不行!.........................

Anonymous said...

君子立恆志,小人恆立志。.............................................

Anonymous said...

失敗時你可能會失望,但如果不嘗試,將永無希望。..................................................

Anonymous said...

忙碌的一天終於過了,來看看文章轉換心情,也幫你加個油哦~........................................

Anonymous said...

你不能改變容貌~~但你可以展現笑容............................................................

Anonymous said...

辛苦了!祝你愈來愈好!........................................

Anonymous said...

You are flattering me..............................................................

Anonymous said...

嘿,你的部落格不錯耶~~只是想跟您問聲好!! .................................................................

Anonymous said...

知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。......................................................................

Anonymous said...

良言一句三冬暖,惡語傷人六月寒。.................................................................

Anonymous said...

向著星球長驅直進的人,反比踟躕在峽路上的人,更容易達到目的。............................................................

Anonymous said...

噴泉的高度,不會超過它的源頭。一個人的事業也是如此,它的成就絕不會超過自己的信念。.................................................................

Anonymous said...

閱讀您的BLOG文章,真是件快樂的事!..................................................................

Anonymous said...

Pay somebody back in his own coin.............................................................

Anonymous said...

來幫你衝一下人氣,幫你推推推..................................................................

Anonymous said...

Pay somebody back in his own coin.............................................................

Anonymous said...

Poverty is stranger to industry.............................................................

Anonymous said...

人並不是生來要吃敗仗的。人可被毀滅,但不可被擊倒。.................................................................

Anonymous said...

人生最可憐的是半途而廢,最可悲的是喪失信心,最遺憾的是浪費時間,最可怕的是沒有恆心。..................................................

Anonymous said...

Is this contest still open? I vote for Lisa Moore's February, trashed by Barbara Kay at http://www.barbarakay.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=375&Itemid=10 but then she admits she hasn't actually read it.

Anonymous said...

Just read your post on Lisa Moore. Oh well. Anyway, I still like your blog.

 
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