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

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.)

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