WINNER: The Other Elizabeth Taylor

Thank you to all who entered to win a copy of The Other Elizabeth Taylor, a biography by Nicola Beauman.  I’m pleased to announce the winner, chosen by Random.org:

Mystica!

Entrants responded to the prompt, If you could ask Elizabeth Taylor a question, what would it be?  And Mystica wrote,

I also wonder what she would have thought of the present times. Please count me in for the giveaway and thank you ever so much for making it worldwide.

Mystica, I’ll be in touch via email to work out the details.

Congratulations!  And thanks to all who entered!

The Sunday Salon: Elizabeth Taylor Centenary Giveaway!!

I am very happy to be hosting a giveaway today, as part of a  year-long Elizabeth Taylor Centenary Celebration!!

British novelist Elizabeth Taylor was an intensely private person, so very little was known about her life until Nicola Beauman published her biography, The Other Elizabeth Taylor.  It is a comprehensive account of her life and career.  Published after her death and with her husband’s consent, the biography reveals details of her private life and the parallels with her novel are obvious.  The biography is somewhat controversial, in that Taylor’s children  objected to certain themes, but despite that I found it an invaluable companion to Taylor’s novels and short stories.

I read this book back in March, and in my review I wrote, “All too often, biographies are dry, factual accounts.  Nicola Beauman’s thorough research infused this biography with real people and emotion.”  This book is a must-have for any Elizabeth Taylor fan, and makes great reading even if you are just getting to know Taylor and her work.  It would also make a great gift!

Win a copy of The Other Elizabeth Taylor, by Nicola Beauman

One lucky person will receive a copy of The Other Elizabeth Taylor.  It could be you!  Here are the necessary details:

  • The giveaway contest is open until 5:00 PM (US EST) on Friday, November 23, 2012.
  • The giveaway contest is open to anyone in the world.
  • To enter, please leave a comment answering the question:
    • If you could ask Elizabeth Taylor a question, what would it be?
  • The winner will be chosen at random and announced on my blog. I will also notify the winner by email, and request a shipping address for the book.
  • Bonus!  if you’d like to send the book as a gift, I will wrap it and enclose a small card inscribed with your message!

Good luck!!

Comments are welcome, even if you don’t want the book. Just let me know not enter your name into the drawing.

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Midweek @ Musings: Coming Soon – Elizabeth Taylor Centenary Giveaway

This has been a banner year for fans of Elizabeth Taylor, the British novelist.  To celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth, book bloggers and LibraryThing Virago Group members have been reading her novels in order of publication, one novel each month.  The book reviews and monthly discussion have been delightful (visit my Elizabeth Taylor Centenary page to explore).

We are now very close to the end of this journey, with only two novels left to read:

  • Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (1971) – hosted by Verity @ Verity’s Virago Venture. Verity has enlisted other readers to seed the discussion, and I can’t wait to see what she has planned.  Look for a post on her blog later this week.
  • Blaming (1976) – guest hosted by Dee, a LibraryThing member.  Next week I’ll introduce Dee and say more about what she has planned for December.

I’m also planning a giveaway this month!  I have a brand-new copy of Nicola Beauman’s biography, The Other Elizabeth Taylor, which will be up for grabs on Sunday.  This book is somewhat controversial, in that Taylor’s children have objected to certain themes, but despite that I found it an invaluable resource on the life of a very private person (read my review).  This book is a must-have for any Elizabeth Taylor fan, and makes great reading even if you are just getting to know Taylor and her work.

I hope you’ll consider taking part in one of the final readalongs, and be on the lookout this Sunday for information on the giveaway!

WINNER: Elizabeth Taylor’s Complete Short Stories

Thank you to all who entered to win a copy of Elizabeth Taylor’s Complete Short Stories.  I’m pleased to announce the winner, chosen by Random.org:

Comment #3: Elaine

Elaine wrote,

It is hard for me to pick one, but I think I have to go with my first Elizabeth Taylor because it made me not only seek out more of her books, but also seek out the rest of the Virago Modern Classics list. That would be Soul of Kindness.  I am looking forward to rereading it this year to see if the heroine is as ghastly as I remember her!

That’s one I have yet to read myself, but I’ll get to it in the September readalong.  Elaine, I’ve sent you an email so we can work out the details with Virago Press.

Congratulations!

Thanks to all who entered!

 

It’s Elizabeth Taylor’s 100th Birthday! And you could WIN …

Happy 100th Birthday, Elizabeth Taylor!

Photo credit: NYPL Digital Library

The big day is finally here.  We’ve been celebrating the Elizabeth Taylor Centenary all year, and there’s much more fun to come with our monthly readalongs.  But today, July 3, is the actual anniversary of her birth.  So let’s just pause for a moment and reflect on this talented author’s literary contributions.  Considered by many as one of the best English novelists of the 20th Century, she published 12 novels and 5 short story collections. One of her later works, Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, was short-listed for the Booker Prize. She was a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine.  Taylor had strong connections with other distinguished novelists, but led an intensely private life and was overshadowed by the famous actress with the same name.  Fortunately, her work appears to be gaining visibility again, due in no small part to events surrounding her centenary. Here are just two, both from BBC Radio 4:

And no birthday celebration would be complete without presents, right?  Here’s one for you:

Win a copy of Elizabeth Taylor’s Complete Short Stories

Thanks to the generous team at Virago Press, one lucky person will receive a copy of Elizabeth Taylor’s Complete Short Stories. This newly published volume includes 65 stories with a beautiful cover. More details here.

  • The giveaway contest is open until 5:00 PM (US EDT) on July 7, 2011.
  • The giveaway contest is open to anyone in the world.
  • To enter, please leave a comment answering the question:
    • What is your favorite Elizabeth Taylor novel, and why?
  • The winner will be chosen at random and announced on my blog. I will also notify the winner by email, and request a shipping address for the book.
  • Virago Press will ship the book to the address provided.

Good luck!!

Comments are welcome, even if you don’t want the book. Just let me know not enter your name into the drawing.

Winner: Inspirational Women Giveaway

Thank you to all who entered to win an e-Book from Open Road Media.  I’m pleased to announce the winner, chosen by Random.org:

Comment #1: Rhonda

Rhonda credits her second grade teacher for her love of books.

CONGRATULATIONS!!

You have won your choice of one of the following e-Books:  Josephine Hart’s Damage, Susan Minot’s Monkeys, Lisa Alther’s Kinflicks, Ruth Gruber’s Haven, or Iris Murdoch’s Bruno’s Dream.

I’ve sent you an email so you can work out the details with the publisher.

Thanks to all who entered!

 

The Sunday Salon: Inspirational Women Giveaway

This has been a serendipitous week, with several things coming together unexpectedly.  And this is all for the good, because today I am announcing a giveaway!

March is Women’s History Month in the US and UK, with International Women’s Day as the focal point on March 8 (read my International Women’s Day post).  Last week was also Read an E-Book Week (here’s Florinda’s great post about it).  And then, following my review of Iris Murdoch’s The Nice and the Good, e-book publisher Open Road Media contacted me about their short video, The Women of Yesterday Inspiring the Women of Today. In the video, authors Susan Minot, Lisa Alther, Josephine Hart or Ruth Gruber talk about “the suffragettes, bedroom poets, novelists, daughters and grandmothers whose courage, talent and dedication serve as daily inspiration in their own treasured work.”  For Josephine Hart, that source of inspiration is Iris Murdoch, one of my favorite authors as well.


The Women of Yesterday Inspiring the Women of Today


I like the opening of this video, with Susan Minot’s “hero table.”  What an interesting concept!  Also, Josephine Hart’s reference to  Murdoch’s characters being “saved by sin” really resonated with me as a key theme in Murdoch’s work, and one I hadn’t thought about before.  And I think I need to read something by Ruth Gruber, because her personal story is so interesting, and I love the way she talks about Virginia Woolf’s “will to write as a woman” inspiring her journey.

Most of my literary inspiration has come from women.  Early in life, I had reading role models in my family and at school.  As an adult, I’m inspired by my favorite authors, others published as Virago Modern Classics, and certain contemporary authors like Barbara Kingsolver and Marilynne Robinson.  I have also met many wonderful women through blogging and LibraryThing, who love talking about books and recommending books, and have stretched my reading in so many ways.

Are there women who have inspired your reading?  If so, you might be interested in my giveaway!


Win an e-Book!

Thanks to the generosity of Open Road Media, I am happy to offer one lucky reader of my blog a free review copy via NetGalley of one of the following e-Books by authors featured in the video:  Josephine Hart’s Damage, Susan Minot’s Monkeys, Lisa Alther’s Kinflicks, Ruth Gruber’s Haven, or Iris Murdoch’s Bruno’s Dream.

  • The giveaway contest is open until 5:00 PM (EDT) on March 20, 2011.
  • The giveaway contest is open ONLY to US mailing addresses.
  • To enter, please leave a comment about great women who have inspired your literary pursuits.
  • The winner will be chosen at random and announced on my blog. I will also notify the winner by email, and provide their email address to Open Road Media.
  • Open Road Media will contact the winner for their book selection and other necessary details.

Good luck!!

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Blogiversary Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to everyone who shared a New Years Reading Resolution as part of my Blogiversary Giveaway.  I’m giving away the winner’s choice of one of my Top 5 books of 2010 (all of which were 5-star reads for me):

So I tossed all the entries into Random.org‘s magic machine, and the winner is …

Mary Ward!

who wrote, “My new year’s reading resolution is to read 200 books this year. I’ve come so close every year!”

Wow, Mary, that’s quite a goal.  Congratulations!  I’ll be sending you an email to work out the details; please respond within 7 days so I can send you your book.  For those who entered but did not win, I hope you’ll consider reading one of my Top 5 Reads of 2009 — they are all excellent!

New Year, New Blog, Blogiversary Book Giveaway

I’m giving away a book to celebrate the new year, my new blog home, and my third blogiversary which is TODAY!  The lucky winner will receive their choice of one of my Top 5 books of 2010 (all of these were 5-star reads for me):

Click on the title above to see the specific paperback edition of each book.  Here is how to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post any time before noon (US EST) on January 16, 2010
    • Share a New Year Reading Resolution and you will earn 1 chance to win
    • Blog about your New Year Reading Resolution, link to this giveaway, and then comment here with a link to your blog post, and you will earn 2 chances to win
  • This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway – all are welcome to enter.
  • Please only one entry per person.
  • You must complete the comment form and include your email address so I can contact you if you win (your email address will NOT appear publicly, but I will be able to see it through my blog dashboard).
  • You do not need to specify which book you want now; I’ll work that out with the winner.
  • I will use Random.org to choose a winner.
  • The winner will be announced here by noon (US EST) on January 17, 2010, and I will then contact the winner by e-mail.

Good luck!