Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Really Random Tuesday #41: A Beautiful Library, a Book Winner, and some Special Giveaways

I was expecting a hole in the wall, a tiny, creaky library with few books, reached by a narrow row of steps. Instead, I was treated to grandeur. While in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, earlier this month, I visited the library, and was seized by its great beauty and charm. La Biblioteca de San Miguel de Allende is a cultural center, where you can read, learn conversational Spanish (or English), linger with a cup of coffee or tea, or even watch a movie (I saw a very touching documentary, Buck). These photos are not as sharp as I wish they were, and do not do justice to this magnificent library, but at least they'll give you a sense of the place. I could spend hours in this library!








































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Congratulations to Parrish Lantern, the randomly selected winner of Beyond the Scent of Sorrow, a new collection of powerful poetry by Sweta Srivastava Vikram. Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway--how would this blog exist without my faithful readers? If you didn't win this time, keep your chin up, as I have other giveaways listed on the right side of my blog, and a couple of brand new, generous giveaways to mention in this post.

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In February of this year, I reviewed Half in Love, a startlingly honest memoir by writer Linda Gray Sexton. Just recently, I was contacted about an upcoming giveaway for this book.

Half in Love Giveaway Contest

In celebration of the upcoming paperback release of Half in Love in January 2012, author Linda Gray Sexton is sponsoring a giveaway contest for signed copies of her book. Starting Monday, December 5th, readers who join the reader board on Linda's website to share their thoughts and stories will be entered in the giveaway. Winners who belong to a book club will also have the chance to meet the author for a club event in person, or over Skype, depending on location. Please stop by Linda's website for more details and to enter the giveaway.


This past April, I posted about The Note by Mike O'Mary, which was named Best Gift Book of 2011 in the Living Now Book Awards. The O'Marys would like to extend their thanks and appreciation this holiday season by offering free Note Project eKits to family and friends. Send free Note Project eKits to up to 10 people by visiting this Note Project page. Each eKit includes an e-book edition of The Note, along with free bonus gifts from Note Project sponsors. You don't have to sign-up or subscribe to anything to receive The Note (and you won't get any unsolicited email as a result)--simply download the free e-book and enjoy it!

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Appearing on random Tuesdays, Really Random Tuesday is a way to post odds and ends--announcements, musings, quotes, photos--any blogging and book-related things you can think of. If you're inspired by this idea, feel free to copy the button and use it on your own blog. Please leave a link in the comments if you’re participating and I'll add it to this post. For another Really Random Tuesday post, please visit Naida's blog, the bookworm. As always, thanks for reading!

18 comments:

  1. Suko, I think these photos are great and I love that library/cultural center...I'd spend so much time there if I was in that area of Mexico, it looks like such an inviting spot! I can't imagine how great this place is if these photos don't do it justice!

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  2. Thanks for the giveaway & I love those pictures of the library, libraries have always represented a sanctuary for me, In 1250 Richard de Fournival compared the Ideal library to a Hortus Conclusus, a walled garden and this seems to fit that brief.

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  3. That library looks lovely - that speaks volumes about the town it's located in, if you ask me.

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  4. Suko, that library in Mexico looks wonderful, wow. It does sound like a charming place to visit.
    Nice random post as usual. Enjoy your Tuesday :)

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  5. That is the most gorgeous library I've ever seen! Amazing!

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  6. What a gorgeous library!! I loved these pictures and would love to go there myself!!

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  7. I think I could live in that library. Your photos are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing them.

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  8. What a delightful,cosy library. The red walls are so vibrant !

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  9. Wow, what an amazing library,if we lived here in San Miguel de Allende I don't think I'd ever be at home.

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  10. What a beautiful library! I would love to visit there one day, and the photos are amazing! Lots of great bookish news here today too! Thanks, Suko for sharing it all with us!

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  11. What a great library! I love those pictures.

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  12. The library is simply beautiful. I can easily imagine spending time there!

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  13. I visited San Miguel de Allende years ago. I think....34 years ago : No beautiful library at this time. I remember the hotel with a patio, like the library today and a mycologist who asked the cook to prepare for us the mushrooms he picked in the woods nearby.... Wonderful memories !

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  14. Parrish, perfect description of the library as a sanctuary/garden! Please email me your mailing address so we can send the book to you a.s.a.p..

    Thanks to all for the comments--this library is breathtaking!

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  15. The library looks very cozy indeed. So glad you found it and enjoyed your visit to it.

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