Auction #96 A signed copy of The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro

This auction is for  a 1998 edition, hardcover, brand new, and signed copy of  The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro (aprox value$50)

Book description:

All of these eight wonderful stories are about what people will do for love, and the unexpected routes their passion will force them to take.

An old landlady in Vancouver who alarms the just-married narrator with her prim advice about married life – and “the peculiar threat” of a china cabinet that must be washed once a month – is shown to have conspired when young in a crime of passion. A young mother, at the mercy of the “radiant explosion” that comes when she thinks of her secret life, abandons her baby and four-year old to be with her lover in the story “The Children Stay.” A gruff old country doctor in the 1960s is discovered by his daughter to be helping desperate women, his “special patients.” An impetuous young woman meets a visiting Indian student and conceives on a train from Vancouver to Toronto because of “the fact that you couldn’t get condoms around the Calgary station, not for love or money.” An Ontario farm wife’s affair drives her husband to commit a murder; its discovery, years later, will act as a negotiating point for a new, presumably satisfactory, marriage.

The book is clear-eyed about the imperfections of marriage, the clutter of our emotional lives, and the impermanence of love: “Not that that was the end. For we did make up. But we didn’t forgive each other.” Even the shared memories of earlier times prove to be a minefield, and many of the stories track the changes that time brings over generations to families, lovers, and even to friends who share old, intimate secrets about “the prostration of love.”

As always these stories by Alice Munro are shot through with humour, and are as rich as novels. As always the characters in the stories are easily, sometimes uncomfortably, recognizable as people like us. One quote summarizes the delightful surprises that await the reader: “Did you ever think that people’s lives could be like that and end up like this? Well, they can.”

Air kisses to Lynn for the donation: http://www.canadianauthors.net/

  • This auction will run from today until 11:59 pm Est June 17th and is open internationally.
  • All bids will be in Canadian funds.
  • Bids must increase by at least a dollar.
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Auction #95 Signed copy of The Night the Aliens went on Strike (paperback) by Mark White

This novella sounds all kinds of funny AND scary ANd suspensfull. Three very good things. 🙂

Book description:

When noise abatement officers Colin and Tony investigate a complaint one wintry night, they little suspect the culprits are not of this Earth…

Now, drawn into an intergalactic employment dispute, they must fight to save the world – and sort out a barking dog or two 

  • This auction will run from today until 11:59 pm Est June 17th and is open internationally.
  • All bids will be in Canadian funds.
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Auction #94 Prize pack from OnSpec magazine

This is a good one, guys! You’ll be bidding on a 1- year subscription, 4 back issues, a CD and a lunch bag! Pretty freakin’ cool, eh?

A bit about On Spec magazine:

In 1989, a small group of Edmonton writers formed The Copper Pig Writers Society in order to fill a niche in Canada. At the time, there was no paying market for literary works that the major American SF & Fantasy magazines deemed to be too “alien” for their audiences.

English-speaking Canadian SF writers were frustrated with having to “Americanize” their stories for the paying markets. We knew there was an audience hungry for thoughtful, intelligent (often unconventional) SF and Fantasy with a uniquely Canadian perspective. After selling out our initial print run of a test issue filled with stories sent to us by invitation, we began receiving inquiries as to when the “next one” would appear. That was nearly twenty years ago!

Our quarterly journal ‘On Spec’ adheres to a strong mandate that has served us well over the years. We discover and showcase quality works by predominantly Canadian writers and artists, in the genre we call “Fantastic” literature. We foster the growth of emerging writers in this genre, by offering support and direction through constructive criticism, education, mentoring, and manuscript development. We try to publish as many new writers as possible, alongside works by established writers, and we also endeavour to support these writings with innovative cover art for every thought and emotion-provoking issue!

Thanks so much to the fine folks at OnSpec magazine for the donation: http://www.onspec.ca/

  • This auction will run from today until 11:59 pm Est June 17th and is open internationally.
  • All bids will be in Canadian funds.
  • Bids must increase by at least a dollar.

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A word about shipping………

So, for those of you not in Canada, we’re having a postal strike. I haven’t mentioned it before, because up until now it’s been a rotating strike, meaning that certain cities closed down postal service for a 48 hour period. But mail was still travelling across the country.

Well, it looks like that’s all changed. According to a news story I just read, Canada post has locked out its workers, basically shutting down postal service.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/06/15/canada-post-strike.html

So, with most of the auction donations coming out of Canada, you can guess what this means. There will be a delay in getting your books to you. It’s hard to say how much of a delay.

But please, PLEASE keep bidding. You will get your books, I promise. It’s just going to take a bit longer.

Colleen

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Auction #93 Critique of 3 chapters by Rhonda Stapleton

Imagine having a published author AND editor take a look at three chapters of your book. Well, thanks to Rhonda’s donation of her time and brain, it’s possible! Rhonda is a published YA author but she’s also an editor at Carina press.

When it comes to the genre the sky’s the limit: YA, adult, contemp, dystopian, chick-lit, etc. Rhonda`s open to it all.

This is a great opportunity guys. I’d jump on it if I were you. (And I may just anyway).

Thanks so  much to Rhonda for the donation: http://rhondastapleton.blogspot.com/

  • This auction will run from today until 11:59 pm Est June 17th and is open internationally.
  • All bids will be in Canadian funds.
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Auction #92 Signed copy of Plain Kate by Erin Bow

If you have’t read this book YOU SHOULD. Trust me. Would I lead you astray?

Book description

In a market town by a looping river there lived an orphan girl called Plain Kate ….

Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. As the wood-carver’s daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden talismans are so fine that some even call her “witch-blade”: a dangerous nickname in a country where witches are hunted and burned in the square.

For Kate and her village have fallen on hard times. Kate’s father has died, leaving her alone in the world. And a mysterious fog now covers the countryside, ruining crops and spreading fear of hunger and sickness. The townspeople are looking for someone to blame, and their eyes have fallen on Kate.

Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: In exchange for her shadow, he’ll give Kate the means to escape the angry town, and what’s more, he’ll grant her heart’s wish. It’s a chance for her to start over, to find a home, a family, a place to belong. But Kate soon realizes she can’t live shadowless forever — and that Linay’s designs are darker than she ever dreamed.

Thanks bunches to Erin for the donation. http://erinbow.com/index.shtml

  • This auction will run from today until 11:59 pm Est June 17th and is open internationally.
  • All bids will be in Canadian funds.
  • Bids must increase by at least a dollar.

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Auction #91 Signed copy of Little Synni’s Moonlight Mischief by Cheryl Schenk

This signed copy of Little Synni’s Moonlight Mischief  by author Cheryl Schenk also comes complete with an audio CD of the story. This Stibil Forest Adventure is Cheryl’s 1st book and her school/library readings have been enjoyed by children aged 5-11 yrs.

Book Description:

Stibilville is a happy, playful village, tucked away under the maple trees of  Stibil Forest, but when Synni ventures out alone at night she finds that her friendly forest has become a large and frightening place. 

It is a children’s storybook  about Synni and how her adventure teaches her that sharing is a good thing. This 40 page hardcover book has beautiful illustrations depicting scenes which have been sculpted in polymer clay. Approx. 600 books are in circulation already, mostly in Canada, but some in other countries as well (Spain, England, US, Norway and New Caledonia).


Join us for Little Synni’s Moonlight Mischief, a Stibil Forest Adventure. 

Please check out our website at http://www.thestibilforest.com

Thanks bunches to Cheryl for the donation. http://www.bittleberry.blogspot.com/

  • This auction will run from today until 11:59 pm Est June 16th and is open internationally.
  • All bids will be in Canadian funds.
  • Bids must increase by at least a dollar.

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