April 27, 2011

Contest: A Discovery of Witches Book and Buttons

Book Cover A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES by Deborah Harkness is a thick tome, suitable for using to defend yourself in case of a home invasion.  That thickness also allows for a skyline to be printed on the spine.  Pictured are some of the most famous buildings in Oxford, including the Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera.

Below is one of my pictures of Radcliffe Camera:

It's a strange building, and not just because it is architecturally striking.  It was a library, funded by a man who didn't believe in book learning.  Then a tunnel was built to connect the two libraries.  Now, it's mostly used as reading rooms for the Bodleian.  In A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, "a distracting horde of daemons, withces, and vampires [descend] upon the Bodleian's reading rooms." (Quotation taken from book blurb.) 

For five weeks I lived in Radcliffe Square, my home a neighbor to both Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library.  How can I resist a novel that engages my mind before I even reach the first page?  How can you?

Here's your chance to win Harkness's New York Times bestseller and a set of buttons.  Fill out the Google doc below.  I'll choose the winner in two weeks.  This contest is sponsored by Penguin, and thus restricted to US addresses, no PO Boxes.  As always, you can get someone else to mail it to you if you're international.

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