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Friday, July 30, 2010

Giveaway to Celebrate Penguin Publishing 75th Anniversary!!

Today marks the official 75th anniversary date for the launch of Penguin Books!! They have a whole website dedicated to their anniversary: http://www.penguinbooks75.com/

A bright-orange Penguin Mobile (an adorable mini-cooper with the Penguin logo) is driving to bookstores all over the US to bring some of our bestselling authors to parties in their hometowns, increase awareness of The Nature Conservancy, and promote literacy.  At each event, a set of 75 Penguin Books is donated to a local library or literacy group. Each author is signing the Penguin-mobile as it makes its way across the United States, and the summer’s events will culminate with a party at the New York Public Library in September where Penguin will auction the car with the proceeds going to the New York Public Library.  Penguin is also donating sets of books to numerous U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Penguin’s founder Allen Lane started the paperback revolution with that little flippant but dignified Penguin (his secretary came up with the name and he sent another colleague off to the zoo to make sketches).   One year later, 3 million Penguin paperbacks had been sold.  Today, the Penguin imprint alone has over 4000 books in print.  To learn more about our history, see here and here.
We are hands down the publishing logo most recognized internationally---including the story of Terry Waite, the Anglican clergyman who was held hostage in Beirut.  Six months into his captivity, Waite made friends with his jailer, and although they spoke different languages he managed to tell the jailer he wanted a book.  He drew an oval, and he drew a penguin, and he said, “find me a book that looks like that, and it will be a good book.”  That story says everything about what Penguin stands for around the world.

To celebrate this momentous occasion Penguin Publishing is providing me with 
1 Copy of a Penguin Classic.

One of the most extraordinary literary works of the twentieth century, 
Lady Chatterley's Lover 
 by D.H. Lawrence 
for this giveaway.

(The cover is not the one shown above, 
Lady Chatterley's Lover: A Propos of "Lady Chatterley's Lover" [LADY CHATTERLEYS LOVER]just received them in the mail and the cover looks like this, sorry for my mistake.)
 Edited 8/3/2010.

It was banned in England and the United States after its initial publication in 1928. The unexpurgated edition did not appear in America until 1959, after one of the most spectacular legal battles in publishing history.

At the heart, "Lady Chatterley's Lover" is a story about the invisible bonds between lovers, companions, and husbands and wives. Against this backdrop, Lawrence also explores the relationship between physical desire and spiritual fulfillment, often using sensual and explicitly sexual language. 

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Contest Ends at
Midnight CST August 5, 2010

Thanks for entering!!


Beverly said...

Thanks for hosting.

Sparkling said...

Wow I really want to drive that ORANGE MINI COOPER!! I wish you were giving that away!!

katsrus said...

Thank you very much.
Sue B

Amy said...

The cover of this book is terrific! Thank you for offering it in a giveaway!

Ya gotta love Penguin, right?!

You have an awesome blog!

~ Amy

dollycas aka Lori said...

Thanks Amy, I was a little nervous about my choice at first but this seems like a popular giveaway so far!!

Jules@OneBookShy said...

Thanks again for the giveaway. I love visiting your blog to see what you've found.