Link roundup

– Win a free book! As part of its promotional efforts Simon & Schuster is announcing The Thirteenth Tale Special Leather-Bound Edition Sweepstakes. Here is how it works: Any reader who visits the book’s website before November 30, 2006, can enter to win a signed, leather-bound, limited-edition copy. Simply visit the website, find your way to the “Win a Special Leather-Bound Edition link, and fill out the form. Please mention the fact that you found out about the sweepstakes via Collected Miscellany. What is in it for me? Well, if for some odd reason more people find their way to the contest via this site than any other I could win a prize as well. Given my traffic and click-through rates, I can’t say I am confident. But you dear readers can always prove me wrong.

What is The Thirteenth Tale? Here is the publisher’s description:

The Thirteenth Tale is gothic suspense at its best. In Vida Winter’s long career as a novelist, she has become famous for weaving tales not only on the page, but about her own life. Each time she gives an interview, the story she tells of her life is more fantastic, more richly imagined than the last. But as she comes to the end of that life, she decides to finally tell the truth. And the truth is darker and more fascinating than anything she could have made up.

So if that sounds like your kinda book, feel free to click through and take a look around the website. A free book is a free book, right?

– If you can’t get enough of this pod-casting thing there is a lot out there to listen to. The Bat Segundo Show just released a number of new shows. And now word comes that Unbridled Books has taken the pod-cast plunge:

Unbridled Books is excited to announce the launch of its new podcast, Unbridled Aloud. This a series of half-hour podcasts produced and hosted by Kay Bonetti Callison and featuring interviews with Unbridled Books authors, book commentary, readings, and more. Each show will be available on www.unbridledbooks.com/podcast and through multiple online outlets. CDs of each show are available upon request. We will also offer the podcast to bookstores and the larger book community.

The first one is available and features Lise Haines, author of small acts of sex and electricity. Listen to it here.

Here is the upcoming schedule:

*September 15: Unbridled Aloud chats with Edward Falco, author of the lauded collection, Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha, and Wolf Point, a literary thriller just released in paperback. Both titles were Book Sense Picks. Sabbath Night was also nominated to be a Lit Blog Co-op Read This! Selection.

*October 1: Unbridled Aloud talks with William J. Cobb, author of the second novel, GOODNIGHT, TEXAS, which is an October Book Sense Pick and has earned a starred Library Journal review as well as kudos from George Saunders and Daniel Woodrell.

*October 15: Unbridled Aloud speaks with Carolyn Turgeon about her debut novel, RAIN VILLAGE. Due out in November, this Pulpwood Queens Book Club Pick is the perfect next read for those who loved Water for Elephants.

*November 1: Unbridled Aloud chats with acclaimed novelist, musician, and activist Marc Estrin about all his books, with special emphasis on his latest, Golem Song, due out in November. Golem Song is currently being serialized on www.unbridledbooks.com. The print edition hits stores in November.

*November 15: Unbridled Aloud features Timothy Schaffert, author of the charmer The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God. This popular read and book club favorite was a Barnes and Noble Discover title as well as a Pulpwood Queens Book Club Pick.


– In case you haven’t been paying attention, Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events is coming to an end. The appropriately title The End: Book the Thirteenth will be released on Friday the 13th this October. Lemony Snicket fans will want to be sure to check out the website particularly the Vile Videos section featuring ” a series of shocking video clips concerning the elusive author and his work.”

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Kevin Holtsberry

I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season – oh, and watching golf too).

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