June 26, 2012

O Canada Day Giveaway

The True North strong and free...
Canada Day celebrates the "anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867, in Canada), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. Originally called Dominion Day (FrenchLe Jour de la Confédération), the name was changed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as internationally." (Source)

Canada Day commemorates our union as a nation, and this year we're turning 145 yrs.

In celebration of my country's birthday, I'm doing a very Canadian giveaway. We may export actors, comedians, hockey players, and maple syrup; produce artists like the Group of Seven and Emily Carr, world-class medal-winning Olympians, and musicians like the Arcade Fire (yay!) and the Biebs (oops...sorry); but we've also turned out some pretty great authors.

Moira Young
"Moira Young has been by turns an actress, dancer, and opera singer, but her first loves are books and writing. A native Canadian, she now lives in the UK with her husband." (Source)

Lesley Livingston
"Lesley is a writer and actor living in Toronto, Canada.  Captivated at a young age by stories of mythology and folk lore, past civilizations, and legendary heroes, she developed into a full-fledged Celtic Mythology Geek, steeped in stories of the Otherworld, Faeries and King Arthur. Lesley went on to earn a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Toronto specializing in Shakespeare and Arthurian literature." (Source)

Lucy Maud Montgomery
"Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908. [She] was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Nov. 30, 1874. She...wrote close to a dozen books while she was living in...Norval, Ontario. Maud died in Toronto April 24, 1942 and was buried at Cavendish, Prince Edward Island." (Source)

Megan Crewe
"Like many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two cats (and does on occasion say "eh"), she tutors children and teens with special needs, and she has yet to make friends with a ghost, though she welcomes the opportunity." (Source)

Y.S. Lee
"Y. S. Lee was born in Singapore and raised in Vancouver and Toronto. In 2004, she completed her PhD in Victorian literature and culture. This research, combined with her time living in London, triggered an idea for a story about a women’s detective agency. The result was the Agency novels, featuring the intrepid Mary Quinn. She now lives in Kingston, Ontario with her family." (Source)

Kelley Armstrong
"Kelley Armstrong was [born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada]. (Source) [She's] been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed. Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts, demons, and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement..." (Source)

Kenneth Oppel
"Kenneth Oppel was born in Port Alberni, British Columbia, he spent his childhood in Victoria, British Columbia and Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has also lived in Newfoundland and Labrador, England and Ireland. Oppel's first published book…was written while he was a high school student at St. Michaels University School in Victoria…Oppel forwarded [his] newly completed manuscript to a family friend, that knew Roald Dahl, who in turn recommended it to his agent." (Source)

Arthur Slade
"Arthur Slade was raised in the Cypress Hills of southwest Saskatchewan and began writing at an early age. He received an English Honours degree from the University of Saskatchewan, spent several years writing advertising and now writes fiction full time. He is the author of the "Canadian Chills" series of books, "Dust" (which won the Governor General's award), "Tribes," and "Jolted." He currently lives in Saskatoon." (Source)

And now for the details of the O Canada Day Giveaway:
  • One lucky person will get to choose a book from the list above (except for Emily of New Moon, which will be accompanied by Emily Climbs and Emily's Quest, the other books in the trilogy).
  • To enter, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget just below.
  • The giveaway is open internationally wherever The Book Depository ships.
  • The O Canada Day Giveaway begins today and ends at midnight on Saturday, June 30th, 2012.
  • I will be announcing the winner on the morning of Sunday, July 1st, 2012.

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  1. Awesome giveaway! Years ago I memorized the Canadian anthem, just because I liked it...

    1. That's fantastic! I know it in English and French (← I had French first thing in high school so we had to learn it). I also know the lyrics to the American national anthem, because I really like it too. It's got such a powerful/beautiful tune. :)

  2. Awesome giveaway! I love all things Canada, and especially when they are Lucy Maud Montgomery-related, but I haven't read the Emily books. (I've read and re-read all eight Anne books, though, plus the two Story Girl novels.) As a matter of fact, I was just watching the Megan Follows ANNE OF GREEN GABLES movie last night--somehow, I only just got the DVD, despite having worn out the VHS as a kid. One of the things I'm most looking forward to about Buffalo is being close enough for frequent trips up to Canada!

    1. Also, something I know about Canada: Not only does Prince Edward Island have the best mussels I've ever tasted, they ALSO have the best potatoes. Something about that red dirt, I think...

  3. I've only been to Canada once, actually, so I really don't know much about it! But I do know my favorite Canadian export is Bryan Adams (I have old lady taste in music). All of these books look great. I'm inspired to do a 'Merica themed giveaway soon.

  4. Wow! That is a cartload of awesome talent you have there in Canada. I think it's wonderful you've highlighted them. Those are great books. :-)

  5. Ahhh. I don't know anything about Canada :( Or, well, I know a lot of awesome movies get made there. :) And also that you all speak mostly French. :) Thank you for this amazing giveaway. <3

  6. I <3 Canada, we used to go there every summer on family vacations and I got so stoked because I was addicted to MuchMusic and I'd get to hear all my faves finally get played on the radio. Our Lady Peace FTW :)

    Now, however, Canada Day reminds me of the "Lets Go to the Mall" song from How I Met Your Mother, haha.

  7. Is it cheating that I am Canadian? Southwestern Ontario represent!!

    As a whole, Poutine is our favourite food. I wrote a blog post the other day about Gravy, because it was making me sad that my gravy was too water-y to make a good poutine. And where I go to school, we have a restaurant that have over 50 variations on the classic poutine.

    And if you pronounce poutine wrong in Quebec, you're asking for a hooker. Or so I've been told...

  8. I know the city I live in, Kitchener, holds the largest Oktoberfest celebration outside of Germany. It's HUGE. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I'll have a hard time choosing which book to pick if I win though. Great selection :)

  9. Thanks for this giveaway! Sadly I haven't read any of those authors other than L.M. Montgomery. I also haven't been to Canada since I was young and don't remember much, I'm afraid, but my husband and I keep talking about bicycle touring there. I want to go through the areas with culture and people, however, while he's pushing for the far north regions where cyclists are known as meals-on-wheels for bears. ;-)

  10. Great selection for your giveaway! As for sharing a fact about Canada: Our national animal is the beaver. Yes, a fat, waddling rodent with webbed feet and a tail like a pancake. But, of course, you knew that already :)

  11. Canada (Ontario at least) has a distinct lack of highway billboards and roadkill. This makes for a pleasant driving experience, but with slightly Twin Peaks vibe. :)

    I love this idea for a giveaway!

  12. One thing I know about Canada!! How about a billion? :P I know all of our timezones (Pacific, Atlantic, Mountain, Central, Eastern and Newfoundland) -- I get extra points for that, right?

    (Also... LOL @ Carina Olsen's comment. Not to be condescending at all, but... we speak mostly French? :P I wish.)

  13. Here's the first thing that popped into my mind about Canada: Joel Otto played for the Stanley Cup Champion Calgary Flames (1989). He hails from my hometown (Elk River, Minnesota - well, not my hometown, but where I went to high school) and a picture of him drinking from Lord Stanley's cup hangs in the arena there. Not a very interesting Canada fact. But I love me some hockey.

    I love the Emily of New Moon books. Last weekend a friend was over with his 3 kids. His daughter (age 10) is a huge reader and we were discussing books. She loves all of the Anne books and I asked her if she'd read the Emily books. She said no because she couldn't find them anywhere (?!) I lent her mine - given to me by my parents for Christmas in 1986.

    I'm trying out your rafflecopter thing to see how it works. :)

  14. One thing I know about Canada? Ryan Reynolds, does he count? He´s Canadian right? Ok that you´re part of the Commonwealth...
    I know you! :D
    (great Giveaway idea!)

  15. Great Giveaway! :) (I lived in Vancouver for a few months and LOVE Canada!)

  16. You KNOW that I'm a little bit obsessed with your country and would be up there in a heartbeat if my job wasn't down here :) I know that it's an amazing country with a great charter of rights. I fell in love with Canada through books (the Emily books!) and fell in love over and over again with every visit!

    I also know that you have the world's largest supply of fresh water :) and own a chunk of what used to be my income :-P (Roots, Jackson Skates, David's Tea... the list goes on and on)


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