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Author event and giveaway: Tea Obreht

November 1, 2011

When I found out Téa Obreht was coming to Hub City Books, I made plans to attend.  I thought it was just a signing, so I wasn’t in a big hurry to get there and when I walked in, she was almost through with her presentation.  Luckily for me, she had a few minutes to spare after the signing and she was willing to chat with me.  She told me the best part of her book tour is seeing new places and meeting people who love books – this was her first time in the Carolinas and she was happy to be here.

Téa is intelligent, enthusiastic, and grateful.  The New Yorker has named her one of the twenty best American fiction writers under the age of forty.  She’s thrilled that her book, The Tiger’s Wife, is a finalist for the National Book Award.  The book started as a failed short story.  Téa said there are some autobiographical elements to the story – particularly the relationship between the main character and her grandfather.  The book was published to rave reviews, but Téa is not resting on her laurels – she has a new book in the works, but she’s not ready to reveal details yet.

Born in Belgrade, Téa also lived in Cyprus and Cairo before settling in the U.S. at age twelve.  She started speaking English at seven, but still had transitions to face when she immigrated to this country.  She said there were some culture shocks, but she settled in fairly quickly.  She earned a Master’s of Fine Arts from Cornell.

Here’s the publisher’s description of The Tiger’s Wife:

In a Balkan country mending from war, Natalia, a young doctor, is compelled to unravel the mysterious circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather’s recent death. Searching for clues, she turns to his worn copy of The Jungle Book and the stories he told her of his encounters over the years with “the deathless man.” But most extraordinary of all is the story her grandfather never told her—the legend of the tiger’s wife.

Doesn’t that sound wonderful?  I got Téa to autograph a copy for one lucky reader.  To enter to win an autographed copy of THE TIGER’S WIFE by Téa Obreht, simply fill out the entry form.  Contest is open worldwide.  I will use to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EST Thursday, November 10, 2011.   Winner will be announced on Friday, November 11, 2011.  Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

29 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2011 4:54 am

    Thank you , thank you for making it open to all!!!!

  2. November 1, 2011 5:19 am

    Just filled the form! I’ve been meaning to read this ever since it won the Orange Prize.

  3. November 1, 2011 6:39 am

    This was a huge score to get her as a guest! She was one hot ticket when that book came out, and she is so young. I’m crossing my fingers for this giveaway!

  4. November 1, 2011 6:42 am

    I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this one. It would be awesome to win a copy.

  5. November 1, 2011 6:52 am

    I have been dying to read this — and knowing there are some autobiographical elements makes the book even more interesting to me.

  6. November 1, 2011 7:40 am

    I am looking forward to this one. Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Kathy!

  7. November 1, 2011 7:43 am

    So, so cool that you got to visit Hub City Press on such a special occasion! I would have relished the chance to meet Tea and also to see Erin again! It sounds like you had a lovely time, and the giveaway is so extremely generous! Very cool post today, Kathy!

  8. November 1, 2011 8:34 am

    This one is on my wish list! You’re lucky to meet me. Happy reading!

  9. November 1, 2011 8:34 am

    oops…I meant “meet her.” lol

  10. November 1, 2011 8:53 am

    How nice that you were able to chat with her for a few minutes. I’ve had this on my list for a while. Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. November 1, 2011 9:10 am

    I just can’t believe how many authors you get to meet! You are so lucky to have so many come to your area!

  12. November 1, 2011 10:27 am

    Like Jill, I’m envious of the number of authors you get to meet. No one comes here, and in Binghamton we only get local authors. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. I had been wavering whether I wanted to read it or not, but thanks to your review I know I do.

  13. November 1, 2011 10:42 am

    I always feel awkward walking in the middle of people’s presentations. This sounds like a good read.

  14. November 1, 2011 2:09 pm

    What a shame you didn’t get to hear her talk! At least you got to visit with her. I keep coming across this book. It has been getting raves.

  15. November 1, 2011 2:21 pm

    Kathy, I’ve posted this giveaway in my blog’s sidebar. 🙂

  16. November 1, 2011 2:53 pm

    What an awesome giveaway – thanks!

  17. November 1, 2011 3:13 pm

    Tea Obreht sounds likea very nice woman and very appreciative of interested readers. I’m sorry you missed most of her reading/talk but it’s awesome you had the chance to speak with her one to one! Her book sounds riveting.

    Thank you for getting a signed copy for a giveaway. You are so thoughtful, Kathy.
    You haven’t read the book yet, have you?

  18. November 1, 2011 4:47 pm

    Again…another one of your great author visits and posts.

  19. November 1, 2011 5:01 pm

    I saw this one at the goodreads awards, sounds nice

  20. November 1, 2011 5:03 pm

    How wonderful that you had a chance to chat with her a bit. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  21. November 1, 2011 5:56 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway. You really are lucky to meet so many fabulous authors.

  22. November 1, 2011 6:50 pm

    I have my name on the list at the library for The Tiger’s Wife. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it. It makes a difference when I know some personal things about the author. Thanks for sharing.

  23. November 1, 2011 7:36 pm

    As always, I’m jealous of all the great author events you go to. 🙂

  24. November 1, 2011 8:57 pm

    Man, I’m going to consider moving closer to wherever you are. I want to read this book, but I’m not sure either. Glad that you are doing a giveaway!

  25. November 2, 2011 7:45 am

    Oh, I would love to read this one. Thanks for the interview too.

  26. November 2, 2011 10:27 am

    I’M SO EXCITED that you got to meet and chat with her. I’ve really enjoyed watching various interviews she’s done, and I REALLY want to get back to The Tiger’s Wife. I set it aside earlier in the year and have not been able to return to it. Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Kathy!

  27. November 2, 2011 10:29 am

    You have a wonderful selection of authors visiting your area. This is one of the books on my wishlist.

  28. November 2, 2011 11:23 am

    This was on my wish list! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  29. November 2, 2011 8:38 pm

    I have been wanting to read this one. Wonderful giveaway Kathy. You’re so lucky that you get to meet so many authors.

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