Canadian book reviewer and blogger, Books and Chinooks is teaming up with two awesome Canadian authors for a book giveaway. (Okay, okay. Not very humble of me, is it? But heck, you do NOT disagree with a book reviewer!)
One of the books up for grabs is set in Calgary, Alberta and the other, by the fabulous Kate Hilton, is set in Toronto, Ontario. There will be two winners; each winner will receive both titles signed and delivered to their mailbox. One winner will be from Canada. Since we are celebrating our birthday we decided to also have a winner from our American friends.
The rules are:
1. You must get your butt over to Instagram and follow @booksandchinooks and the authors @katemhilton and @joynorstrom.
2. Visit the official giveaway post @booksandchinooks. Tag two friends. This IS a birthday party and what's a party without friends?
3. Tell us what country you are from.
4. For an extra entry tell us a fun fact about Canada (but not something someone else has already said).
The contest closes tonight at midnight pacific time. The winners will be announced tomorrow.
Good luck peeps and Happy Canada Day!
I want to tell you about an amazing event that occurs every summer in Calgary. Before you scream "Yee haw!" and scramble to find your cowboy hat, let me assure you I'm not referring to the Stampede.
From August 11th to the 13th, 750 readers, writers, artists and publishers come together to celebrate the written word. While there is much socializing to be had, a significant portion of the weekend is spent in various learning opportunities. Which, let me nerd out on you for a minute, I LOVE!
If you are attending When Words Collide you can catch me Friday, August 11th on the following panels:
Humour: Anything Goes
Authors who deal in humour discuss the rewards and dangers of publishing humorous fiction.
Social Responsibility and Artists
Not every writer feels compelled towards including social responsibility in their craft, but for some it is a foundational part of their work. Join us as our panel discusses how artists play a role in fostering positive social change and why that role is vitally important.
What's your opinion?
I'm curious what your thoughts are on these two topics.
• Do you have favourite authors who use humour effectively to engage readers and move the storyline forward?
• When does humour, in your opinion, go to far?
•Do you see a role for writers in addressing and bringing attention to social issues?
• Are there authors you particularly admire who do a good job of balancing story and social justice?
Summer is a great time to read! I always imagine myself outdoors with a cider at my side and a book in my hand. Such a false image as I'm usually chased back indoors by wasps, the heat, or the glare off my screen or page.
In truth, this summer you can likely find me curled up in bed or on the couch. The cider will likely be replaced by Bengal Spice tea or maybe a nice Malbec, and that's okay because I'm sure to be enjoying a fab book or two.
My reading plans this summer include:
1. Room by Emma Donoghue. I had a chance to hear Emma speak at a WordFest event in Calgary this spring. She was amazingly funny and awesome and I've heard nothing but good things about Room, so can't wait.
2. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. 'Ove' has been on my To Read list for a long time, but I've now made the commitment as my partner in the Sweeter Reads Goodreads Book Club has suggested it to me. Again, can't wait to read this story which has been super loved by so many. Have you read it? What did you think of it?
3. The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen. Now come on, who doesn't want to read this prequel? It's being released tomorrow, on my birthday (oh ya, it's a big one that starts with a four and ends with a giant goose egg) and I can't wait to immerse myself back into the world of Trollus.
And how about you? What do you plan to read this summer and please do confess: are you an innie or an outie when it comes to reading? I promise not to judge as long as you don't 😉.
What's an Unblog?
I've been told that blogs need to be updated regularly and consistently. So let's be clear: this is not a blog.