Saturday, July 25, 2009

Giveaway: MY NAME IS WILL by Jess Winfield


If you don't have anything to read this summer, don't blame the folks at Hachette Book Group. They are literally giving away books! And these generous folks have offered five (5) copies of MY NAME IS WILL to my readers. I'll be posting my review in a couple of weeks; in the meantime . . .

Rules for entering this giveaway are at the bottom of this post.



MY NAME IS WILL: A Novel of Sex, Drugs and Shakespeare
by Jess Winfield

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pub. Date: July 2009
ISBN-13: 9780446508834
Sales Rank: 36,912
320pp
Edition Description: Reprint


Description (from the publisher):

A Tale of two Shakespeares...
Struggling UC Santa Cruz grad student Willie Shakespeare Greenberg is trying to
write his thesis about the Bard. Kind of...

Cut off by his father for laziness, and desperate for dough, Willie agrees to deliver a single giant, psychedelic mushroom to a mysterious collector, making himself an unwitting target in Ronald Reagan's War on Drugs.

Meanwhile, would-be playwright (and oppressed Catholic) William Shakespeare is eighteen years old and stuck teaching Latin in the boondocks of Stratford-upon-Avon. The future Bard's life is turned upside down when a stranger entrusts him with a sacred relic from Rome... This, at a time when adherents of the "Old Faith" are being hanged, drawn, and quartered as traitors.

Seemingly separated in time and place, the lives of Willie and William begin to intersect in curious ways, from harrowing encounters with the law (and a few ex-girlfriends) to dubious experiments with mind-altering substances. Their misadventures could be dismissed as youthful folly. But wise or foolish, the bold choices they make will shape not only the 'Shakespeare' each is destined to come... but the very course of history itself.

Click here to read an excerpt.

About the Author (from the publisher):

As a founding member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, Jess Winfield co-created the full-length show The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987 and became an international sensation, leading to multiple world tours and engagements. After leaving the RSC, Winfield spent ten years writing and producing award-winning cartoons for the Walt Disney Company. He left Disney to write this, his first novel. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife.

RULES FOR ENTERING THE GIVEAWAY:

• Leave a comment on this post telling me you would like to win. Include an email address with your comment so that I can contact you if you do win. Use a spam-thwarting format such as geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com or geebee.reads [at] gmail [dot] com.

You must leave an email address in order to qualify. If I can't contact you, you can't win!

• You can earn an extra entry by being or becoming a Follower or Subscriber of this blog and telling me about it in a separate comment.

• Blog about this contest and provide me with the link to the post in a separate comment, and I'll give you yet another entry.

• Tweeting about this contest and providing me the link in a separate comment will get you one more entry. I've added a Retweet button at the bottom of every post -- let me know if it works!

• Stumble this blog, Digg it, or Technorati Fave it, whatever, and leave a separate comment for another entry.

• Winners must provide a U.S. or Canadian street address. Hachette is unable to deliver to P.O. Boxes.

• Deadline for entry is 11:59 p.m. Saturday, August 8, 2009 EST.

• Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email announcing that they have won; if I don't hear from a winner, I will draw another name.

Thank you to Valerie
at Hachette Book Group
for making this giveaway possible.


GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

I am in the process of contacting the winners.

50 comments:

crossborderblogger said...

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Cindy said...

I would love to win this book! It sounds like an interesting read. I also want to win because there are a lot of guys in my family named William so that name is special to me. :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Beth said...

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Lit and Life said...

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Shellie said...

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Katrina said...

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Michelle said...

I can't believe Hachette is giving away a copy of this book -- first Testimony, now this! How cool! I'd love to win a copy.

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Zibilee said...

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ossmcalc said...

This sounds like a wonderful book to read. Even though separated by time and space, it would be interesting to learn how the two lives curiously intersect.

Thank you,

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Debs Desk said...

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Rebecca N. said...

This book sounds different than anything else I can recall reading. I would really love to win a copy of this. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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I follow your blog! I subscribe via google reader

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