First, let's start with a little story. I am the queen of awkward moments. I feel especially awkward when I'm in the elevator with strangers, so I usually avoid making eye contact or making small talk. So today, I was in the elevator on my way to the library (the branch is located on the second floor of a shopping center). There were two women on the elevator with me, but I was facing the other way, checking my phone. One of them said, "You must be going to the library," to which I responded, "Yes, I'm going to the book signing actually!" As I turn around to face them, one of them says, "We ARE the book signing!" Guess who I was in the elevator with...yup, Lois Lowry (along with someone who I assume works for that library). Too funny that I didn't notice while I was in my own little world! I should have paid attention. Then I didn't know what to say. I think I mumbled some awkward things as we were walking down to the library, but I don't remember. I get starstruck with authors the way teenage girls do with Justin Bieber.
I had my copies of The Giver, Gathering Blue, and The Messenger signed. I also bought an extra copy of The Giver, which I am giving away to one of my followers. Check it out:
- You must be a follower of this blog.
- You must live in the U.S. (Sorry...I'm a poor grad student, so I'm trying to save on shipping costs).
- You must be at least 13 years old to win.
- Leave a comment here with your e-mail address.
- You will receive an extra entry if you mention the contest on your blog - leave a link in your comment. (Edited to add: Tweeting will earn you an extra entry too. I forget about Twitter sometimes because I have not yet signed up!)
How the winner will be chosen:
- I will list all the entries on a spreadsheet in the order they were received. Then I will use a random number generator (random.org) to select the winning number.
- The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond to me with his/her mailing address. I will also announce the winner here. (If I don't hear back from the winner within 24 hours, I will pick a new winner.)
Contest begins today, May 16, and ends Sunday, May 23 at 11:59 EST. Good luck!