Monday, June 28, 2010

Guest Today & Books Give Away

Today my guest is Adnan Mahmutovic. He is on blog tour for his new release "Thinner than a Hair."

I first met Adnan years back when I worked as a senior editor at the Rose & Thorn, before Angie and I became co-publishing editors. He wrote, and I edited, a beautiful story, "Integration Under the Midnight Sun," that captured my imagination as well as my respect for his literary gifts in writing and poetry (and he now has made a short film). Adnan lives in Sweden, so we have never met face-to-face, but I consider him to be one of my most trusted and valued friends and colleagues. It's only a matter of time before he is discovered for the talented author/poet/filmmaker he is.

I should now call him Dr. Mahmutovic! I will have to get used to that!

A little more about Dr. Adnan Mahmutovic: Adnan Mahmutović (1974-) is a Bosnian Swede, a homely exile who teaches immigrant literature at Stockholm University in daytime, and works with people with mental disorders at night.

Adnan left Bosnia and settled in Sweden in 1993. He has worked with people with different kinds of disabilities for thirteen years. In May 2010, he took his PhD in English literature at Stockholm University where he teaches a course on Love and its discontents.

I invite you to get to know Adnan. Look around his website. Read his book: be forwarned--they are intense and pull no punches!

Today I'm giving away three books as a package: Adnan's new release Thinner than a Hair, and a bonus copy of his first collection "Refuge," and as well, I am giving away a copy of my book Secret Graces ---all three books together as one give away.

To win all three books, here is what you must be the First Person to do in the comments section -- in one comment tell me:

Go to Adnan's website and tell me what is the name of his other book of fiction (hint: there is a tab called "books" on his homepage) AND go to my website and tell me what "old mountain song" lyrics I have included as part of the excerpt from the SWEETIE novel (hint: there is a SWEETIE tab on my home page)

Good Luck! First person to give me the correct answers in one comment wins all three books!

UPDATE: Hi y'all - Marisa Birns is the winner of the books so CONGRATS Marisa!


Marisa Birns said...

Hello! Thanks for the introduction to Dr. Adnan Mahmutovic.

Looked around his website and saw that ILLEGITIMATE is his other book of fiction.

And read the excerpt of SWEETIE. Really like your writing very much!

Lyrics are from "Death is Only a Dream"

Don't know if I'm the first to comment, but did enjoy my visit here. :)

Michelle H. said...

Oh shoot! I need to wake up earlier. Ah well... I do hope Adnan's blog tour goes well!

Susan R. Mills said...

Well, I missed the boat here... Best of luck to Adnan.

Anonymous said...

The other book is Illegimate and the lyrics are from Death's No More than a Dream.


Marguerite said...

Looks like I missed it too! Rats! Thanks for the intro to Dr. Adnan, I will check him out.

Debra said...

Of course I'm not fast at anything these days, but I will check out his website. Hope your having a good week!

Debbie said...

I'm late for everything! Oh well!

Rick said...

Wow. Am I late for this or what?? Hold another contest- I'll try to get here earlier.

Walker said...

What, there is nothing for the wrong answer?
Damn, I was going to just take a guess, now i have to go check.

Titus said...

I'm obviously on a completely different timeline to everybody! Looks so interesting too...