Literary Giveaway Blog Hop: October 15 – 19

Welcome to the October 2011 edition of the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop.

The hop is hosted by Judith of Leeswammes’ Blog.  Over 50 blogs, between October 15th and October 19th, will participate in this giveaway bonanza.  Judith stipulates that giveaway items should be bookish in nature (of course). Additionally, if  one is offering a book, the book must have “some literary merit”.  Links to other participating blogs are listed at the end of the post.

I’m giving away a mostly new copy of Distant View of A Minaret by the Egyptian author Alifa Rifaat.  It’s a really good read.  I’m yet to review it, but here are what others have to say about this book:

M. Lynx Qualey of Arabic Literature (in English):  “Her (Rifaat) beautiful small stories, available in English translation in “Distant View of a Minaret,” have evoked mixed critical response. Some Western feminists have called Rifaat’s women characters passive, while in Egypt her books were controversial enough to be kept off shelves….One of Rifaat’s strongest advocates has been the great Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, who teaches “Distant View of a Minaret” to his students. He once told interviewer Gayle Feldman, “Each little story [of Rifaat’s] looks little to begin with until you really reflect.” (Source)

ImageNations:  “Hers (Rifaat’s) is a collection that speaks to the marrow, with the capacity to freeze ones attention and open one’s eyes to life and how issues of women are neglected by culture and society. I would recommend Alifa’s collection unreservedly to anyone who wants to read from the perspectives of women in this region.”

The rules:

  1. This is worldwide giveaway; I will ship to anywhere in the world.
  2. Anyone can enter.
  3. You only need a post-office recognized address.
  4.  If you don’t already follow my blog, then please consider doing so. You can follow by email or by RSS (see buttons on the top right of the side bar).
  5. Please fill out the form at the bottom of these rules
  6. The giveaway will close on October 19th
  7. I will pick a winner by October 21st.
  8. Only one entry per person, please
  9. I will notify the winners by email. The winner has to answer my email within 3 days, or I’ll announce a new winner.

Good luck and thanks.

To enter, please fill out this form

(This giveaway is closed)

Hop over to the other blogs participating in the Literary Giveaway:

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Devouring Texts
  3. The Book Whisperer
  4. Seaside Book Nook
  5. The Scarlet Letter (US only)
  6. Rikki’s Teleidoscope
  7. Bibliosue
  8. Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
  9. The Book Diva’s Reads
  10. Gaskella
  11. Lucybird’s Book Blog
  12. Kim’s Bookish Place
  13. The Book Garden
  14. Under My Apple Tree
  15. Helen Smith
  16. Sam Still Reading
  17. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  18. Ephemeral Digest
  19. Bookworm with a View
  20. The Parrish Lantern
  21. Dolce Bellezza
  22. Lena Sledge Blog
  23. Book Clutter
  24. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (US only)
  25. The Blue Bookcase
  26. Book Journey (US only)
  27. The House of the Seven Tails (US only)
  28. In One Eye, Out the Other (US only)
  29. Read, Write & Live
  30. Fresh Ink Books
  1. Living, Learning, and Loving Life (US only)
  2. Bibliophile By the Sea
  3. Laurie Here Reading & Writing Reviews
  4. Amy’s Book World (US only)
  5. Teadevotee
  6. Joy’s Book Blog
  7. Word Crushes (US only)
  8. Thinking About Loud!
  9. Kinna Reads
  10. Sweeping Me
  11. Minding Spot (US only)
  12. Babies, Books, and Signs (US only)
  13. Lisa Beth Darling
  14. Tony’s Reading List
  15. SusieBookworm (US only)
  16. Tell Me A Story
  17. Close Encounters with the Night Kind
  18. Nerfreader
  19. Mevrouw Kinderboek (Netherlands, Belgium)
  20. Boekblogger (Netherlands)
  21. In Spring it is the Dawn
  22. No Page Left Behind
  23. Elle Lit


  1. I read this one earlier this year and just loved it (except for the ridiculous forward)! I never did get around to blogging it, but it’s definitely one of my favourite Egyptian, even Middle Eastern, books and I’m frustrated none of her other works have been translated into English. (I don’t need to be entered in the giveaway, just wanted to squee!)


  2. Thanks for the giveaway! The Google doc seems to not be working (probably my computer’s fault), so hopefully leaving a comment will suffice as an entry?

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

    I’m an e-mail subscriber.


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