Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Book Giveaway: The Sovereignties of Invention

TNBBC is proud to be partnering with Red Lemonade and Matthew Battles
 for next month's Author/Reader Discussion!

In May, we will be featuring Matthew Battles upcoming short story collection

In order to stimulate discussion, 
Red Lemonade is offering up 5 printed galleys and 6 PDF's domestically.
(sorry International folks!)

Those who choose the PDF's have their choice of the eBook or a finished print copy once they become available.

Here's the Goodreads.com description:
The thrill and anxiety of the Uncanny is the engine of this debut collection by rare book librarian and cultural critic Matthew Battles. He invents a new Creole, one that combines the baroque grandiosity of 19th century industrialist with the sleek grandiosity of the 21st technologist. Traversing musty libraries and austere technology conferences, Battles quietly but ruthlessly discloses the beauty and grotesquerie of our present times, our infatuation with the New and our nostalgia for the Old both lovingly depicted and then slowly roasted on the spit.
In "The Dogs in the Trees," man's best friends deliver an enigmatic rebuke. The protagonist of "The Sovereignties of Invention" is enthralled by a gadget that plumbs the depths of the stream of consciousness. In "The Manuscript of Belz," a librarian ponders the glamor of the book and the bloody limits of cultural experience. And "the Gnomon" seeks in Internet culture the same dark energies limned by Poe.
This contest HAS BEEN EXTENDED AND will run through APRIL 22ND.
Winners will be announced here and via email on April 23rd.

Here's how to enter:

 1 - Leave a comment stating why you would like to win a copy, and whether you prefer the printed galley or the PDF .

2 - State that you agree to participate in the group read book discussion that will run from May 15th through the end of the month. Matthew Battles has agreed to participate in the discussion and will be available to answer any questions you may have for him. 

 *If you are chosen as a winner, by accepting the copy you are agreeing to read the book and join the group discussion at TNBBC on Goodreads (the thread for the discussion will be emailed to you before the discussion begins). 

 3 - You must leave me a way to contact you (email is preferred). AND you must be a resident of the US!!!!

Good luck!


  1. as a librarian, myself, i am constantly fascinated by what subversion and mischief has been uncovered during the stalking creeping through the stacks. I am good at discussions and would love to participate. Galley over pdf if possible. I can be reached at johnxerxes AT gmail

  2. I hope I am posting correctly because this book sounds really interesting. The idea of the short stories really intrigues me and I would love to read the book. I would definitely participate in the discussion. As for the choice of the book, I would love a printed galley, but don't mind PDF's if there aren't enough books. I can be reached at dsafford001@gmail.com
    Donna =)

  3. Hi my name is John Marvin P. Enore, an author also in Goodreads.

    I want a printed copy if possible but I reside in the Philippines so if it is not possible for me to get it, pdf will be fine.

    I am interested with this because I love reading and supporting new authors and fellow writers because I believe we should all love and stick together. I am very much interested with this book because the plot catches my attention and I would love to review and join the discussions for it. I will help promote it too in my other sites and of course here in Goodreads.

    Please choose me. My email is jinnypark_1691@yahoo.com

  4. Hi! This book sounds like loads of fun! I would love to be selected, as a writer and book reviewer for Rivera Runs Through It, a new short story collection is just what I am looking for. As a member of the team behind StoryDam, I love to support writers wherever I can!

    I also love chatting about books - will we be talking about this in May? Sounds like exactly what I need.

    My email address is BlogWithNV@Gmail.com

  5. Hi I am John amrvin Enore again. I have a US address now if you can still pick me. =P

  6. Sounds like another great book! Would love to read it and participate! I would prefer the printed galley!

  7. sounds interesting! i would prefer the printed version. phollis68@gmail.com

  8. I read his wonderful Library: an Unquiet History last year. I've been anticipating his next release since then. Would love to take part in the discussion. (Prefer PDF). Ainsley (adinwood at gmail dot com).

  9. Interested in winning this book and participating in the discussion/review process mostly because of the choice of words in the description.

    Also, I too battle with my love of the old and the new and am constantly seeking the perfect balance between the two including the use of my Nook and still buying printed copies... but I digress.

    Please contact me at jmcculloughpr AT gmail DOT com if I am chosen as a winner. Print is preferred, though PDF would be accepted.

    Thank you in advance for your consideration and the opportunity to participate.

  10. I'm having surgery on May 8 and will have plenty of reading, pondering and post writing time. Culture Code and other books have been interesting.

    Since I'm going to be upright and fairly immobile for three days, I'd love a galley copy. Reach me at sandraATsrdavidsonDOTcom.

    Congratulations to Matthew Battles for getting his ideas out there to us.

  11. congrats to all entrants... you will each be receiving a copy of the book! Looking forward to seeing you in the discussion thread that will run from May 15th - 30th!

    Check your email to see which format you won!