Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Book Giveaway!

OK, my Pulitzer fiction prediction attempt was not too accurate, although I was right about Tree Of Smoke getting a nod from the committee. It's just got that kind of title. Clearly, I won't be heading to Vegas anytime soon. (Or even Busan, for that matter.)

But so what? I'm actually pleased, because The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (I sort of got the "exotic name" thing right) is a novel that is unfamiliar to me, and I'm all about discovering new books. I hope it doesn't get a nosebleed from zooming to the top of my wishlist so fast. As I told Aaron this morning, the beauty part is that no matter who wins, all the Pulitzer fiction winners (at least in the past 3 years) soon become available in Korea. Sometime this summer, I should have this novel in my hot little bookwormy hands.

Speaking of getting books, you've got a chance to win a book from me. Was last week the "Buy A Friend A Book" deal? I couldn't quite get it together in time.

The book in question is Korea Bug by J. Scott Burgeson. I gave it a rave review a couple of posts ago, when I reviewed what I read in March. It's a brilliant compilation of zines that Burgeson did beginning when he came to Korea about 12 years ago. Right out of the gate, Burgeson strongly resolved that he wouldn't stick to a safe and snooze-inducing typical touristy look at the country and its culture. The result is bold, fresh and exciting and as addictive as the taste of kimchi.

Enough rhapsodizing. To be eligible to win, leave a comment. The deadline to enter this contest is April 15, 2008. The following day, the winner's name will be drawn ...by a Korean.


Eva said...

Yay for book giveaways. :D And a real, live Korean?! lol j/k I read a review of the new Pultzer winner (and maybe an interview with the author? I can't remember) somewhere last week, and it sounds good! Especially since the author explained that Oscar Wao is how Oscar Wilde is pronounced in Spanish, and I love me some Oscoar Wilde.

Anonymous said...

I've been waiting for you to put this book up for a giveaway. And hey, if I win you don't have to send it very far! lol.

jenclair said...

Oh, I'm in! Love give-aways.

And I'm putting The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao on my TBR list.

Anonymous said...

Count me in - I am a sucker for a good book. Please visit my site for a giveaway (if you want). Thanks!

tanabata said...

Oh I'd love to read this! Please add my name in for the draw.

raych said...

I need to have this book, if only for the wack-o thing on the cover. Count me in!

ikkinlala said...

That sounds like a fascinating book!

Literary Feline said...

I'd like to enter too, if that's okay.

I will look forward to hearing your thoughts when you get around to reading the Pulitzer winner. :-)


Add my name to the hat, too.

Been looking for mail from my formerly steady correspondent; alas, with empty hands, I find myself despondent. But communication is a two-way street, I shall get off my duff and send a message sweet.

kookie said...

I'm stunned that 'Oscar Wao' won. Stunned, I tell ya. I hated it. I'll be interested in your thoughts when you get read it.

SFP said...

You can put my name in the hat.

I downloaded the first chapter of Oscar Wao on my kindle, but it didn't appeal to me enough to buy it. I'll probably get it from the library at some point.

Susan said...

Ok, it's weird, but I had lately been thinking "The Brief wondrous Life" sounded really interesting, and now it's won the Pulitzer! Nosebleed is right! :-)
and yes please to the giveaway, not only is the cover amazing, but to have a book published over there - cool factor in anyone's library zooms up! oh, and the inside looks fun too, especially as I enjoy reading travel books...thanks, Bybee, for doing the giveaway!!

ambearo said...

Add me! I just like having the chance to win something.. Hahah..

Aleksandra said...

Interested in winning :-) Korea sounds interesting.
I am happy with the Pulitzer winner, Predicted Junot Diaz... Have not read it yet though.

GFS3 said...

I have a book of short stories by Diaz. It's on my stack (and has been for quite some time). I'm going to have to get to that sooner rather than later.

Dewey said...

Hmm, the Diaz book has been on my wishlist for a while, but I can't remember what it's even about. Guess I'll be finding out, because it'll be talked about like crazy now! But then again, Kookie hated it, and we usually have very similar taste.

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