May 16, 2010

Recap of Lois Lowry book signing + Contest!

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. 
 Lois spoke about her life and her books, and she had a great sense of humor. I laughed a lot when she shared funny emails she had received from students. Then she signed books for us:
I had my copies of The GiverGathering 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:

Contest rules:

  • 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.
To enter: 
  • 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 ( 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!


The Library Lurker said...

Haha, that's so funny about the elevator! Yay, I'm happy that you reached your goal so you could have this contest!

Super said...

Taylor, I will give you an extra entry since you tweeted about the contest earlier this week. Thanks!

Chelle said...

Enter me please! Here's the link to my blog post: Thanks! chellebcool(at)hotmail(dot)com

ashley y said...

I love the elevator story! haha

ashleycharee at

Buffy said...

Fun contest and a great book!

Blogged about it here :


Buffy said...

Whoops! Sorry, obviously it should be "com" at the end of my address, not come.

Okapi said...

Woah, enter me!
I'm a follower of your blog!

TheTeters! said...

i love awkward moments and i laughed out loud about elevators being awkward for you! hehe.

you have my blog link... i think its but if its not... well, then you shouldn't be too surprised :)

sadie said...

I'm now following your blog and I'm so jealous that you met Lois Lowry. She did a signing near me last week but the tickets sold out. My email is somanybooks445(at)gmail(dot)com

Rica Eat World said...

Thanks for this giveaway and great blog!!

I'm a follower and I also tweeted:

thanks again!

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