October BAFAB Week book giveaway: Debra Hamel, Trying Neaira
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NOTE: Entries in September's book giveaway, for a copy of John Shors's Beneath a Marble Sky, are due on or before September 29th. Click for full details.
The book-blog is one of a number of sites that are throwing contests/giveaways to celebrate Buy a Friend a Book (BAFAB) Week--October 1st-7th, 2006. (BAFAB weeks come four times a year, in the first weeks of every January, April, July, and October. For more information on the holiday visit the BAFAB site.) The list of participating sites appears in the gray box below.
All of these events are separate from one another, the bloggers hosting them having created their own rules for each event. (See at the bottom of the list a link to directions for adding the list to your site or for hosting your own BAFAB contest.) For the book-blog's contest, I've come up with something that I hope will be fun.
Entries so far:
And the winner is: Jason of The King of Common Sense! Congratulations to the King, and thanks to everyone for playing!
First, the prize:
An autographed copy of my book, Trying Neaira: The True Story of a Courtesan's Scandalous Life in Ancient Greece. Yeah, you know you want it. And no, it's not a dry-as-dust stodgy tome, it's short and a reasonably quick read and it's written for people with no previous familiarity with ancient Greece. In it I tell the story of a prostitute (a real person: this is history, not fiction) who was put on trial in Athens in the fourth century B.C. In the process of unpacking the prosecution's case against her I'm able to introduce readers to all manner of information about ancient Greece--social and sexual mores, legal history, women's history, and so on.
Now, how to win it, in three easy steps:
1. In July of 2006 I posted four reviews at the book-blog. (Go ahead and use the pulldown menus in the sidebar to look at my archived reviews.) As with every review I post here, I selected one sentence from each review to serve as a teaser, and I put that sentence in a gray inset box within each review.
Your job is to locate the teaser sentences from my four July 2006 reviews. Then, take two or more words from each of those four sentences and rearrange them to form a new sentence--as amusing, as filled with pathos, as intriguing as you like.
2. Post the sentence you created on your blog sometime between now and the end of October 7th, 2006. Include a link back to this contest post so that other people can take part as well.
3. Finally, leave a comment below letting me know about your contest submission. Make sure to include its permalink.
On October 8th I'll select a winner in a random drawing from all entries received. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask via the comments below.