Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Halloween Book Giveaway

During last month's book sale madness, I bought a second copy of Christopher Morley's The Haunted Bookshop (sequel to his delightful Parnassus on Wheels). I did not do so for the pleasure of having two copies nestled together on my shelves, though I confess that I have been known to hoard multiple copies of favourite books in the past. I picked it up because I suspected that there are fellow Morley fans out there in the blog world who might like to have a copy of it. Though not a particularly spooky tale (the haunting is perpetrated by "the ghosts of all great literature" that take up occupancy in bookshops and libraries the world over), the title seemed to me to make it the perfect book for a giveaway on the eve of Halloween.

If you want The Haunted Bookshop, let me know either via email or in the comments section below. While you're at it, if you fancy doing so, please share the story of your happiest recent book sale find. If more than one person expresses an interest in the book, I'll do a draw on Friday. I'm happy to send it anywhere in the world, so don't let your location prevent you from entering your name. After the draw, I'll contact the winner for his or her mailing address.

Happy book hunting and book haunting!


Kailana said...

I would be happy to have a copy. I have wanted to read this book for a while. :)

My favourite book store finds were always Madeleine L'Engle. She used to be really hard to find in bookstores in Canada, so whenever I found one by her I was always excited. :)

LK said...

That's very nice of you, Kate.

I'll let Kailana have a go at it.

My recent favorite book find: I nabbed Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood off a free pile!

litlove said...

Oh I have to put myself in for this draw as it's a book I'd love to read and I haven't been able to find it. As for book sale joys, well, I haven't been to many lately, but I did buy Claire Messud's The Emperor's Children for a pound at a remainder sale, and John Armstrong's Life, Love and Goethe, which has just the most beautiful cover.

Dorothy W. said...

I'll let the others have a chance at the book, but I'll give a recent book sale find: a beautiful new-looking NYRB edition of Rose Macaulay's The Towers of Trebizond and George and Weedon Grossman's Diary of a Nobody -- where the word "pooter" comes from.

Dreamy said...

Hello Kate:)

I have never left a comment here before, but I always enjoy stopping by for some great reads and book tips. Congratulations on the good reviews of your new book!

There is no need to include me in the draw as I live in Australia. I will, however, keep an eye out for the book when I rummage the second hand places here.

Two weeks ago I went to an annual book fare, which can only be described as a thrilling treasure hunt. I manage to somehow return home with 64 books (that cost me the equivalent of one new paperback and I may add that the money went to a good cause…these are my justifications:) Since I am likely to be moving overseas next year I will have a hard time deciding which ones to keep (I already know that I will spend a substantial amount on freight). One of the keepers is likely to be the 1953 hardcover copy of ‘The Poetic Image’, which contains the Cambridge lectures given by Cecil Day Lewis (although I haven’t read it yet). In fact, there were 64 great finds, but I better just list this one!

Mrs Coffee said...

That's so nice, Kate. I'm very interested in this book.

My recent favorite book find was a totally surprise and not really out there in one of these beautiful bookstores. Yesterday I received a package with a book I ordered for a long time and totally forgotten that it should come someday. It was a copy of Eca de Queiroz' The Relic. That's the surprises I really like. ;)

Lisa the Librarian said...

I would love to be put in the drawing for this book.

My favorite book store finds are anything by Barbara Kingsolver and Margaret Atwood.

Anonymous said...

Please toss my name into the draw Kate. My favourite recent find was Records of Shelley, Byron and the Author by Edward John Trelawny. I was considering ordering it from NYRB (which you turned me on to in an earlier post)but then I found it at the University College booksale for only a dollar!


J. Kaye Oldner said...

I totally can relate. I have ended up with more than one copy of a book.

Painting The Invisible Man by Rita Schiano is my latest find. Though not at a book store, I wouldn't have found this book if not for It's a page turner!

John Mutford said...

I'm not sure if you picked yet or not, so please add my name if it's not too late.

Happy book sale finds? The most recent one (a used sale at the library) had fill a bag for $5. I walked out out with an Atwood, a Richler, a Bellow, Amy Tan, and a few others, all in great shape. I was very pleased!

danielle said...

I have an old used copy of this book that I just recently pulled out to read. I'm glad it is one you recommend!