My wife and I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our third child (and our third son). He was born Monday evening, and everyone is doing great. Today we are all home enjoying some rest time, and I thought I’d get on here briefly to celebrate with you all. To mark this occasion, it’s time to give away a couple of books.

This “celebration” is not sponsored by any publisher. I am promoting two of my favorites: New Directions and NYRB Classics. So fantastic are the books these two publishers release annually that I am quite confident even if I read books only from their lists I would be satisfied. I would love to give away a brand new copy of one books from each of their lists. So, here is the basic outline of the giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment.
  2. In the comment list one New Direction title and one NYRB Classics title from the lists provided below.
  3. I will draw two names at random on the night of Saturday, October 1. One name will get its New Directions choice, and the other its NYRB Classics choice.
  4. I will ship anywhere, so this is open to international readers. If you have way too many books already, please enter anyway; if you win you can choose to donate your book to, say, a library.
  5. If the book the winner chooses is for any reason not available for me to purchase, I reserve the right to request the winner choose another book or forfeit (I don’t anticipate this happening because all of these books should be readily available).

Below find the lists. I have chosen both older and recent books from New Directions and NYRB Classics. For example, Helen DeWitt’s Lightning Rods is hot off the press and I haven’t read it yet. Others I have reviewed and have recommended many times here since this blog began (which was, incidentally, just a few weeks before the birth of my second son).

From New Directions, please choose one of the following books and leave a comment:

  • Helen DeWitt: Lightning Rods
  • Gert Hofmann: Lichtenberg & the Little Flower Girl (my review here)
  • César Aira: An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter (my review here)
  • László Krasznahorkai: The Melancholy of Resistance (my review here)
  • Enrique Vila-Matas: Never Any End to Paris
  • B.S. Johnson: The Unfortunates (my review here)
  • Horacio Castellanos Moya: Tyrant Memory
  • Evelio Rosero: Good Offices
  • Javier Marías: All Souls
  • Muriel Spark: Not to Disturb (my review here)

From NYRB Classics, please choose one of the following books and leave a comment:

  • Brian Moore: The Mangan Inheritance
  • Gilbert Highet: Poets in a Landscape
  • J.L. Carr: A Month in the Country (my review here)
  • Milton Rokeach: The Three Christs of Ypsilanti
  • Theodor Fontane: Irretrievable
  • John Williams: Butcher’s Crossing (my review here)
  • Jean Stafford: The Mountain Lion
  • Brian Moore: The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (my review here)
  • Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Time of Gifts
  • Penelope Mortimer: The Pumpkin Eater

Feel free to spread the word, though I realize that may dilute your chances of winning. Best wishes to all, and good luck!

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