Archive for April, 2015

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Congrats to Our Edible Books 2015 Winners!

Thanks to all who entered our Fourth Annual Edible Books Contest! Your confections look amazing, and my only regret is the sugar craving you’ve left in your wake. You can check out all the submissions for this year’s Edible Books Contest over in the “EdibleBooks2015” tag gallery. Without further ado, I present our winners for 2015.

Grand Prize

This year’s grand prize goes to LT member W.MdO, whose assortment of sugar cookie book covers from iconic works like To Kill a Mockingbird and Catch-22 wowed us all. Iced by hand entirely with royal icing, most of LT Staff agrees, these look almost too good to eat. We’d be willing, though, to save anyone else from having the destruction of such masterpieces on their conscience.

In addition to the requisite fame and glory, W.MdO will be receiving $50 worth in books, hand-picked by LT Staff! We’ll also be sending some LT swag their way: an LT t-shirt or tote bag, an LT library stamp, a CueCat barcode scanner, an LT sticker, and two lifetime gift memberships, to bestow as they see fit. Amazing work!

2nd Place

Our first runner-up award (and the accompanying prestige and prizes) goes to LT member powerfulpotentiality, for their truly magical (sorry) cake, inspired by Annie Sage’s fantasy novel, Magyk. powerfulpotentiality’s work is the spitting image of the tome itself, in cake form—crafted as a hummingbird cake (banana pineapple spice cake, for the uninitiated) with browned buttercream frosting. I’d love to know how our baker achieved the shimmer gold effect on the accents!

3rd Place

Second runner-up honors (and prizes) go to LT member gofergrl84, for their impressively faithful reconstruction of the eponymous cake, from Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half masterpiece, “The God of Cake”—if you haven’t read this yet, go do it, now. Complete with looming caricature of the author in the background and marshmallow animals, we can only wonder how gofergrl84 managed to contain the need for sugar long enough to photograph their work. Well done!

Thanks, everyone!

Winners, be sure to check your profile comments shortly for details on claiming your prizes.

Competition was fierce this year—while it was a small batch, the sheer quality across the board submissions really knocked our socks off. I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a special shout-out to StJohntheBaptist‘s heartfelt and detailed pop-up cake, depicting the grand opening of their church’s lending library. LT member marcottm made a beautiful, hand-painted Rice Krispie treat castle, complete with a boy and his dragon, inspired by When a Dragon Moves In. The apple pie shipwrecked on an island of marshmallows created by milibrarian was clever and sounds delicious! And—particularly as a fellow cat-owner—morningwalker‘s cat box cake (complete with scoop!) amused me to no end. You are all far better bakers than I. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us!

Labels: contest, contests, fun

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Welcome Alexander!

Welcome to LibraryThing’s second baby of 2015, Alexander Stephen Krieger (Alex, or Sasha if you’re feeling fancy)! Alexander was born on March 9th—6lbs 5oz—to LibraryThing for Libraries’ Kate Krieger and her husband Adam.

Baby Alex is honored to share his birthday with Tim’s son Liam!

Labels: LibraryThing babies

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Welcome Hattie!

Welcome to Harriet Louise Topper Curtis! Harriet (or Hattie, as mom and dad like to call her) was born on January 6—8lbs., 6oz.—to LibraryThing Developer Mike Topper and his wife Eliza Curtis.

Hattie’s first few months have been exciting! She enjoys mornings, bouncing on a yoga ball, watching people eat with their mouth open, and not letting other people get any work done.

Labels: LibraryThing babies

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

April Early Reviewers batch is live!

The April 2015 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 116 books this month, and a grand total of 3,030 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk!

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

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The deadline to request a copy is Monday, April 27th at 6pm Eastern.

Eligiblity: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to the US, Canada, the UK, Israel, Australia, France, and many more. Make sure to check the flags by each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Beacon Press Crown Publishing Taylor Trade Publishing
Henry Holt and Company Lion Fiction Ashland Creek Press
Tundra Books Greenleaf Book Group Chronicle Books
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing Flying Heron Books Quirk Books
Crux Publishing Medallion Press John Ott
In Fact Books Bards and Sages Publishing Small Beer Press
Candlewick Press Horrific Tales Publishing Velvet Morning Press
Grey Sun Press Ballantine Books Akashic Books
Prufrock Press EsKape Press Five Rivers Publishing
Open Books Random House CarTech Books
Post Mortem Press Books to Go Now Greyhart Press
Booktrope Recorded Books HighBridge Audio
About Face Press ForeEdge University Press of New England
Dartmouth College Press Brandeis University Press Northeastern University Press
BookViewCafe Cool Gus Publishing Sandra Jonas Publishing
Human Kinetics Plume Dragonwell Publishing
Bellevue Literary Press The Plaid Raccoon Press Algonquin Books
Plough Publishing House Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Chosen Books

Labels: early reviewers, LTER