Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Book Giveaway - "What He's Poised To Do"

TNBBC's 8th book Giveaway!
***Updated Rules***
Contest ends June 28th

Back in May, HarperPerennial posted a blog to promote Ben Greenman's upcoming release "What He's Poised To Do" - a collection of short stories that use letters and letter writing to investigate human connection and disconnection.

The blog is called Letters With Character: An Interactive Literary Environment" - and they are inviting readers to celebrate the art of correspondence by writing a letter to a famous fictional character.

According to their blog rules: the letters can be funny, sad, demanding, fanciful, declarative, or trivial. They can be about a novel, a short story, or a children’s book, works both literary or popular. There is only one requirement: They must be written by a real person and must also address an unreal one. The best, strangest, interesting, and most moving letters will be posted on LettersWithCharacter.Blogspot.Com

I absolutely love this idea, and want to tie their efforts into a 5 book giveaway here on this blog.

In order to win a copy of this novel:

(1) You must submit a letter to a fictional character to HarperPerennial at the following email address: LettersWithCharacter@gmail.com.

(2) Post a copy of that letter here in the comments section. Be sure to include the author and title of the novel your character was from, as well as your email address (so I can notify you if you are a winner).

(3) You must be a resident of the US or Canada to participate (sorry, guys, the copies are coming from the publisher!).

(4) Anyone can submit entries!!!

The giveaway copies will be awarded to the most creative entry letters. The letters can be as short as a few sentences, and as long as a few paragraphs.

Have fun, and good luck!! I look forward to seeing which fictional characters you choose to write to!


  1. To Elizabeth Darcy:

    Dear Friend,

    I know we don't know each other, or rather you don't know me, but I feel as thought I'm well acquainted with you. I want very much to admire you and praise you and love you unconditionally, like so many others do, but my affection for you is half-hearted. I do love your story, your love story if you will; your pig-headedness, along with your husband's, reminds me quite a bit of my own at times, but if I could be so bold as to ask: what happened next? After a lovely courtship/disdain-ship, in which you professed so profusely your desire to marry for no one but yourself, with no thought but love, there seems to be no marriage. You marry and that's it? I want to know what the rest of life is like for Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. I hope there are no zombies in your version.

    Affectionately yours,


    homebetweenpages at gmail dot com

  2. Rachel, I love that letter! Thank you for entering.... and for your suppport.

  3. This book sounds amazing, and the Letters With Character blog has a great collection of letters across genres! Here's my letter:

    Dear Cinna,

    I don’t care much about fashion. I think no matter how good it looks, it’s frivolous and fleeting. I don’t get the point of the weird, abstract things models wear strutting down runways or display in uncomfortable-looking contortions on magazine covers.

    At least…that’s what I used to think, and probably because I didn’t understand what fashion is capable of. When you used beauty and glamour to show the ugliness of the Capitol, you opened my eyes. Fashion isn’t just flashy costumes—it’s a calculated spectacle, an instrument to influence public sentiment by creating an impression. With each sensational piece you designed for Katniss Everdeen during the Games, my understanding took fuller shape. When Katniss and Peeta rode their chariots out in flaming headdresses, I took off my hat for you. When you dressed Katniss in the candlelight dress that reminded us she is only 16, I raised my glass to you. And when we saw her wedding dress, I pressed the middle three fingers of my left hand to my lips for you.

    You are amazing. You are more than a clever stylist. You are a champion in the front lines against the Capitol. You use your artistry to create fashion that has shocked and thrilled all of Panem. You have shown us all that artists are just as powerful as politicians and leaders. You’re rebelling against the Capitol, and you’re doing it with style.

    Thank you for the gift of your unforgettable designs.

    Oh Cinna. I hope to receive news from you soon. Please, please be all right.

    Be well,

    lky204 at nyu dot edu

  4. LiAnn, thank you so much for entering the contest. Who is your letter written to?

  5. Eek I'm sorry! I totally forgot to copy/paste the author/title information. Cinna is a secondary character who appears in The Hunger Games (2008) and Catching Fire (2009) by Suzanne Collins.

  6. Hey Ladies, not sure if you knew this, but your letters have been published on the HC Letters to Fictional Characters blog! Way to go!!!

  7. Nice to meet you, Super Mod! NO need to enter me; I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've posted about this at Win a Book for you.

  8. Thanks Susan. I really appreciate it!

  9. Ok LiAnn and Rachel, check you emails! You are the winners!