As you may already know, we were pretty excited when we found out about March Mystery Madness last week. In fact, after a quick flurry of email conversations, we wound up sponsoring it.
With 64 of the best mystery and thriller novels pitted against each other in a six week competition, the first week of polling is done:
Narrow upsets, crushing defeats and last-second comebacks were all the rage. Blockbuster author Philip Margolin put up a fight, slashing his way to a narrow defeat against Andrew Taylor's Fallen Angel. Taylor now takes on Karin Slaughter, who squeaked out a narrow victory of her own over the beloved Louis Bayard and his The Pale Blue Eye. Will these close victories serve as inspiration or will fans of each author be satisfied just to be in the second round?
You can find the full list of 32 first-round winners here.
Don't forget to go vote for your favourites this week- it could mean a free library of 65 excellent books.
You can find out more about the books here.Categories: Awards, Site News, buzz, Fun, websites, Mystery & Crime, Contests and Giveaways, Book Lists
HarperCollins Canada has launched a blog/contest called March Mystery Madness:
We're hoping that everyone finds March Mystery Madness blog worthy. It's a massive, really fun online event we're running over the next six weeks: 64 books, 4 conferences, tonnes of "games," and one ultimate winner. Essentially, it's the NCAA basketball tournament only with mystery books.
Battling mystery titles, hype, games and the chance to win 65 great mystery novels. What's not to love?
Link to March Mystery Madness
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King Leary, which also won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour in 1988, is the seventh winner of the now honoured title of Canada Reads.
Previous Winners:Lullabies for Little Criminals by
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Geist Magazine is running a short-short writing contest: 500 words or less, action in at least two different Canadian time zones. Find the full details here.Categories: Fun, Contests and Giveaways
There's no doubt that Steve Martin can write. The Emmy and Grammy award-winning author of the highly acclaimed books Shopgirl and The Pleasure of My Company, has a great essay up at the Smithsonian Magazine, Being Funny: How the pathbreaking comedian got his act together.
If you haven't yet picked up his recent memoir, Born Standing Up, this essay may just convince you.
From the essay:
There was a belief that one appearance on "The Tonight Show" made you a star. But here are the facts. The first time you do the show, nothing. The second time you do the show, nothing. The sixth time you do the show, someone might come up to you and say, "Hi, I think we met at Harry's Christmas party." The tenth time you do the show, you could conceivably be remembered as being seen somewhere on television. The 12th time you do the show, you might hear, "Oh, I know you. You're that guy."Categories: buzz, Authors
But I didn't know that.
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