Monday, July 9, 2012

Canadian Blogger Spotlight: Sarah from Workaday Reads talks Hometown Authors + a Giveaway!

Today I'm very pleased to have my Canadian blog buddy Sarah from Workaday Reads here to talk about hometown authors. Sarah has also very generously offered up a book for giveaway, and it's open internationally! 

Hometown Authors
a guest post by Sarah from Workaday Reads

Have you ever been away from home and encountered someone from your hometown? That small thrill you get can seem much bigger when that encounter is with a book or author. At least, it's that way with me.

The thrill I get of finding Canadian books and authors is a source of pride for me. When I can amplify that by narrowing the geography to my immediate hometown, well it's enough to make me giggle with joy. Whether the author is from my hometown, or the book is set there, it's fun to find that connection.

I have had great luck in meeting two authors from my hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo: T Anderson, author of Monad 12.21.12 and Laura Scoggins, author of Eavy. I have also found books by several other authors.

In preparation for this guest post, I went looking for even more authors and books. I started by scouring Google for hours. Then I did the easy thing and contacted my local public library. Within minutes I had fairly extensive list to investigate.

From that master list, I have compiled a shorter list of books of both YA fiction and adult fiction that I need to find and read. And share with you.

Now I have to ask you, do you get the same thrill when you find hometown authors? Have you ever purposely gone looking for them? Would you consider doing it now?

Giveaway details:

Sarah will send one lucky reader one book from the following list (click the picture to go to the Goodreads page for the book). Giveaway is open worldwide, provided The Book Depository ships to your country. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

YA fiction choices:


Adult fiction choices:





About Sarah: As you read in the guest post, Sarah is from Kitchener-Waterloo. She lives there with her husband and son. She has always been a voracious reader, and there's not much she won't read. She created Workaday Reads in February 2011 after her book reviews began to take over her personal blog; she features reviews, author interviews and guest posts, and giveaways. This year she's hosting two great reading challenges on her blog - the 2012 Ebook Challenge, and the 2012 Self-Published Reading Challenge.

Find Sarah online:
 
Thank you so much for being here today, Sarah, and for offering one of these great books for giveaway! I personally have found two authors from my hometown while searching for Canadian authors, and it really did give me a thrill!

 

This post has been part of the Canadian Spotlight Month. Click the graphic below to check out the schedule and all things Canadian here at Ramblings of a Daydreamer. 

9 comments:

  1. My fav hometown books is The Man Who Ate the 747 by Ben Sherwood. It is actually set in my small hometown, Superior, in Nebraska. It was a blast reading it trying to figure out who the characters were based on. What a hoot!

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  2. I come from Gilbert Plains, Manitoba and I have yet to come across any literature from there; however, Dogtown to Dauphin by Adam S. Little is all about the early settlements that occurred around that area. There is a chapter dedicated to the immigrants from Ukraine - most definitely my ancestors!

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  3. Thanks for having me, Marie! I enjoyed spending the time learning about authors from my area, and it certainly opened my eyes to how many there are.

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  4. Which part is Susanna Kearsley from? I'm a fan, she doesn't identify a town. You MUST incorporate my piece about Manitoba, Marie! It gives all claim to fame for this region of our country.

    A fantasy legend from Winnipeg is the "Fionavar Tapestry" trilogy by Guy Gavriel Kay; better than CS Lewis or Tolkien they say!

    On my post for the Canadian reading challenge, the first 3+ rows of authors I list, are Manitoban.
    http://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/my-home-and-native-land/
    http://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/join-us-for-canadian-authors/

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  5. Which part is Susanna Kearsley from? I'm a fan, she doesn't identify a town. You MUST incorporate my piece about Manitoba, Marie! It gives all claim to fame for this region of our country.

    A fantasy legend from Winnipeg is the "Fionavar Tapestry" trilogy by Guy Gavriel Kay; better than CS Lewis or Tolkien they say!

    On my post for the Canadian reading challenge, the first 3+ rows of authors I list, are Manitoban.
    http://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/my-home-and-native-land/
    http://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/join-us-for-canadian-authors/

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  6. Personally I think it's so wonderful to read a book set in any town or city I have been to. It makes it so much easier to picture what the scenery looks like :) I love finding new Kitchener-Waterloo authors on Google too. Reading this post made me really happy :D

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  7. Some of the links of the adult fiction books are the same...

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  8. I was born in Orlando, Fl, raised in Grand Rapids, Mi, and I live in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. . . I can honestly say that I haven't met any homwtown authors. . .

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  9. I haven't met any author from my hometown or found any book set in my hometown (unfortunately)

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~Marie

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