New Contest! Win a Cool "Literary" Umbrella!

I didn't know publishers and their PR people created promotional swag for novels, but apparently they do—which means bloggers such as myself have even more opportunities to give stuff away. Sure, it's stuff that you don't need, but the impulse to go after free prizes is America!

THE PRIZE: A brand-new red umbrella, kind of like the one on the cover of Garth Stein's Raven Stole the Moon, decorated with a classy, literary logo.

THE RULES: Leave a comment—any comment—by Monday, May 10, 2010, 11:59 p.m. If you don't have an ID you can sign in with, you can comment anonymously and leave your name or your initials; when I announce the winner, you'll know if you won and all you have to do is e-mail me to claim your prize. One winner will be chosen at random. Anyone in the United States may enter. (Sorry, Romanians!)

In the meantime, here's part of an interview with Garth Stein, who talks about recurring themes in his work—and his background in theater!

(Yup, I actually blog about novels—when I'm given free stuff!)


  1. I like literature AND umbrellas.

  2. Final Destination 2 is not bad. However, The Descent 2 is awful.

  3. OMG, I love literature AND I recently left my umbrella in a coffee shop, so I'm in need of one of those, too!