CONTEST! Win a signed copy of TINSEL and a $25 giftcard! Here’s how!

bookstore interior3Today (Oct. 7) is the “ship date” of my new book Tinsel. The official release date is Nov. 12, but this ain’t no Harry Potter or Sarah Palin book or something like that, where sales are embargoed until midnight of the release date.

That means Tinsel could show up in any stores, anywhere in the country, anytime, starting now. I wonder where? When?

So, a contest!

BE THE FIRST TO SPOT TINSEL IN A BOOKSTORE! E-mail me a photo and brief explanation of WHERE the store is and WHERE the book was shelved or displayed and WHEN (date and time) you saw it.

First place wins a signed copy and a $25 giftcard to [major chain bookseller; I guarantee there’s one in your neck of the woods — OR, IF YOU LIKE, I’ll get you an IndieBound gift card, good at independent bookstores all o’er the land]!

Second and third place winners will get a signed copy!

Send photos and details to hank (at) hankstuever (dot) (com)

Rules: Barely any rules! DEADLINE is Oct. 30. Winners will be announced on Oct. 31. Anyone can enter, including Michael Wichita. Book must be the hardcover edition of Tinsel: A Search for America’s Christmas Present by Hank Stuever, and it must be clear from the photo that it is available for sale in a bookstore. Entries will be based on date/time e-mails are received. Winners will receive their prizes by US mail, postage paid.


  1. Laura Faherty on October 7, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Hmm. How about you come do a reading
    in the town where it’s found? Phoenix?
    I’ll be on the look out? If only I could
    figure out the camera on the blackberry and
    stop taking photos of my feet!

  2. Tim Flannery on October 9, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I looked today at Barnes & Noble, no dice.
    But the clerk, after checking the computer and noting that Tinsel hadn’t hit the warehouse yet, helpfully took me over to “Cultural Studies” where Tinsel would eventually find a home. She said it was the most interesting section of the store!

  3. Rod Dreher on October 10, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Do we get extra credit if we find it in a North Texas bookstore?

  4. Carolyn on October 16, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Hi, Hank. Am sure this doesn’t count, but my pre-order arrived in the mail yesterday.

  5. Nikki on October 18, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    It’s on the front table at Pudd’nhead Books in St. Louis!

  6. Joanne on October 18, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I already ordered one for a friend from It’s supposed
    to arrive on Tues. 10/20/09. So it looks like Amazon is shipping.

  7. Kate Gallivan on October 19, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I bought the book today at Barnes and Noble in Rittenhouse Square. The great news is that they have at least five copies and, it’s located up in the front of the store on a table that says New Non-Fiction. Better than that, when I asked the woman in Customer Service where to find it, she was already familiar with the book and walked me right over to it without having to look it up in the computer. The bad news is that, the same nice woman from customer service would not let me take a picture of your books sitting in such a prime retail location. Corporate Policy, she said. No photos allowed. Not even an exception for a begging old college friend of the author who simply must have a picture, pretty please. However, I am not out of this yet. I went around the corner to the indy bookstore and ordered a copy as they did not have it in stock. I plan to take a photograph there on Wednesday afternoon when that copy arrives. My advice to anyone who wants to win the contest: if you go to Barnes and Noble, you will need to be covert with your picture taking. Do not announce your intention to the staff. Be discrete and move quickly.

  8. Karin Wilson on October 20, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks for the advice Kate – I will hopefully be at Barnes and Noble tomorrow, discretely that is!

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