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September 2009

we have a winner!!!

Can I just say how much I enjoyed the responses to our Jess Walter/Financial Lives of the Poets contest? I asked what you would go into debt for, and you gave me awesome answers like:

a sun roof
a private bookstore
a personal zipline (into a pool!)
a pet llama named Dillingham

But the winner was . . . Melissa C!!! Melissa C would go into debt for a cat rescue. And I swear to you, olive reader readers, that I picked her response totally randomly and not because I am obsessed with cats. Melissa, send me your address at erica dot barmash at harpercollins dot com, and I’ll pop your copy of The Financial Lives of the Poets in the mail.

Don’t be sad if you didn’t win—you can still win a copy of Totally Killer! And if you crave more Jess Walter, he’ll be reading at Barnes & Noble Tribeca in New York City tomorrow.

December 2009

one last contest before christmas!


We here at Harper Perennial are thrilled to host one more contest before Christmas! I have in my posession ten SIGNED copies of Sarah Hall’s How to Paint a Dead Man, a daringly imaginative tale in which multiple lives are woven together through the prism of a still life painting. Moving from Italy to England, spanning nearly half a century, and bringing together the lives of four disparate characters, How to Paint a Dead Man is Hall’s fierce and brilliant study of art and its place in our lives.

Plus, Sarah is lovely, and she has a lovely accent.

So! To win, just leave a comment and tell me what you’re hoping to get for Christmas (or what you already got for hanukah). Go!

the winners!

The randomly chosen winners of signed copies of Sarah Hall’s How to Paint a Dead Man are:

Colin Matthew

Thanks to everyone who shared their Christmas wishes, and stay tuned for many more contests in 2010!

May 2010

last chance for biz jargon!

Just a quick reminder that our business jargon contest will end this Friday at noon, so get your entries in ASAP! Feel free to comment here or on the original entry. Rules are below for your convenience. Put your thinking caps on! (and yes, I have heard that phrase at the office.)

So, in celebration of both the ridiculousness of corporate America and Kapitoil (and Teddy’s participation in the McSweeney’s reading in LA tonight and his reading in SF on thursday), we’re running a contest! Please comment with the most arcane, absurd, and utterly useless business jargon you’ve ever heard in your office. Make sure to tell us what it means (I can’t decipher some of this stuff on my own). The ones that Teddy and Harper Perennial think are the most bizarre will win their authors signed copies of Kapitoil as well as some other Harper Perennial books to be determined later, as well as a post on this blog extolling their glory. Go to it!

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