Archive for May, 2011

Gary Shteyngart wants to name a character in his next novel after you.

Friday, May 20th, 2011

978-0-8129-7786-8That character is a dog. (We’re big Shteyn- gart fans, so trust us, you’d rather be one of his dogs than one of his people.)

Introducing The Super Happy Bookloving Dogs Contest, which is open to you and your customers, and yours to share via e-newsletters, Twitter, and your delightfully handsome websites.

How it works: send us a picture of yourself reading Super Sad True Love Story with a dog to bluestone@randomhouse.com, and we’ll post it here on Bluestone. One winner will be selected by the author, and Gary will name a dog in his next novel after the winner.

And just to make things a little more fun, here’s a lovely PDF of an essay that Gary wrote, with a shout-out to one of our favorite bookstores in Arizona. Like everything else on Bluestone, it’s yours to share away.

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(Gary with his favorite weiner dog, Felix.)

Please note: we promise not to collect any of your customers’ e-mail addresses for our own evil promotional purposes. (We probably didn’t need to say it. It’s mostly the cat people who worry about stuff like that.)

The fine print is here. To check out the fabulous photo submissions, click here.

(Winner will be chosen based on artistic merit, which is highly subjective, so please don’t sue us if your picture isn’t chosen.)

NEWS FLASH! Deadline extended to Friday, August 19th.

We have been asked to extend the deadline of this contest, because some of Gary’s fans were traveling in the first part of the summer. (We’ve been to Gary’s events, so we’re pretty sure that even if they went to the beach, they’ll all still look bookish and pale in their photographs.)

“A book should be an ice-axe to break the frozen sea within us.”

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Our favorite quote from Franz Kafka, and possibly our favorite quote ever, from any writer, about books.

We’re obsessed with the new Kafka covers that Peter Mendelsund designed for Schocken. We want to stare at them endlessly. We want to print them on silk and wear them as scarves at BEA. We want to tattoo one of them in a private place (don’t try to guess where).

We want to move to a bigger apartment so we can hang posters of all of them above our sofa, and invite friends over to talk about music, and the best places to drink wine in Prague.

For your computer, iPad or iPhone: here are two splendid wallpapers that Peter designed. Feel free to download them, and share them with your customers via your website and/or your extremely clever e-newsletters.

(And do check out Peter’s blog about book design: it’s required reading around here.)

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Blue Kafka:

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Only for Indiebound: an exclusive story from bestselling author Lauren Kate!

Friday, May 20th, 2011

978-0-385-73916-0 Just for the indies: an exclusive story just in time for the release of Passion, which lands in stores on Tuesday, June 14th.

This is the third book in the Fallen series, and as you likely already know, the first two were instant Indie bestsellers.

Go ahead, go crazy: you can post this to your website, tip to it in your e-newsletter, and Tweet about it with mad abandon.

Our friends at Random House send big thanks for all the wonderful support you have given Lauren Kate, going back to the marvelous Top Ten Indie Next List Pick for Fallen.