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Guest Post: Claire Battershill Celebrates Circus with Letterpress Bookmarks

  Claire Battershill stopped by Retreat to share a look at creating letterpress printing. She created unique bookmarks to celebrate her new book, Circus. A dazzling collection of award-winning stories with the emotional punch, sharp wit, and disarming charm of Rebecca Lee, Karen Russell, Neil Smith, and Jessica Grant. We’re giving away 10 homemade bookmarks [...]

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Hey Marshmallows! You Can Win A Copy of the Veronica Mars Book

  This post is being written by a marshmallow AKA  a die-hard Veronica Mars fan, so I’m restraining to use a lot of exclamation points and refraining from writing the word ‘yay’ after every sentence. You can imagine my excitement when I learned that the creator of the show, Rob Thomas, had decided to create [...]

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Authors in the House: March Giveaway

  Talk about March Madness! We has a ton of fantastic authors come by the office this month and are excited to share their books with you! Enter to win a fantastic prize pack, made up of a signed copy of each of the following books. From sports to memoirs, fiction to fitness this month’s [...]

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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Giveaway: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

  “My maternal grandmother, Emilienne Adou Solange Roux, fell in love three times before the eve of her nineteenth birthday.” With a great starting sentence like that to chapter one, how can you resist curling up in a comfy chair to dive into the world of Ava Lavender? Foolish love appears to be the Roux [...]

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Valentine’s Day Contest: The Forever Girl

  The author of the best-selling and universally adored No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series now gives us The Forever Girl, a novel about love and following one’s heart, and the unex­pected places to which this can lead us. We thought this book was a perfect candidate to pair up with Valentine’s Day. It goes [...]

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The Best Laid Plans Viewing Prize Package

  Have you heard that the bestselling, award-winning, much loved novel, The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis, has been turned into a TV series for the CBC? It’s true! Here’s the set up: A burnt-out politcal aide quits just before an election—but is forced to run a hopeless campaign on the way out. He [...]

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The Most Awesome Holiday Contest

  We love books, you love books and we love you! So we wanted to give you a chance to win some truly awesome SIGNED books. We hope you win and we hope you enjoy reading these fabulous books.  There is something for everyone in this prize pack, so you can keep them all for [...]

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Spooky Short Story Writing Contest Winners!

  We asked you to write us the spookiest short story you were capable of writing in our Spooky Short Story Contest. And boy, did you come through! The premise was simple. Write a short story, try to scare the pants off of us. The three people who were the most successful would get their [...]

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Sneak Peek of Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town and A Contest

  In this lavishly illustrated gift edition, Stephen Leacock’s beloved comic classic gets a fresh new look from renowned cartoonist Seth and we want to give you a sneak peek in the pictures below! As funny, relevant, and insightful today as when it was first published, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town presents a vibrant [...]

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The Worst Characters in Literature

The Worst Characters in Literature

  Who are the worst characters in literature? Now wait, before you jump into this, I’m not talking about the most poorly-written characters. We’re talking pure evil in their conniving ways. Dastardly doers. Menacing men. Wrathful women. Repulsive, revolting, maleficent, vicious, offensive, iniquitous, loathesome, repugnant. However you word it, these characters are simply the worst! [...]

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