Thursday, June 2, 2011

Nerds Heart YA Giveaway

I heard about Nerds Heart YA from The Book Smugglers and I knew right away I had to take part. The goal of the Nerds Heart YA is to showcase books that are diverse and haven't been given a lot of publicity online.

From the "about" page:
In 2009 Renay from subverting the text set up Nerds Heart YA with the aim of showcasing books that had not received as much publicity as the big hitter books of 2009. Through a bracket style competition, judges who were passionate about getting more visibility for fantastic, under represented books whittled down a shortlist of sixteen to just one ultimate winner – Steve Kluger’s ‘My Most Excellent Year’.

In 2010 Nerds Heart YA returned bigger than ever with some new organisers! The 2010 tournament showcased 32 books via an additional level of brackets, with a focus on diversity.

This year the central focus of the tournament will continue to be diversity. In 2011 we’re seeking to build a dynamic long and short lists of books that represent one of a series of relatively under publicized categories.
The books for the 2011 tournament have all been published in 2010 and feature characters, or are penned by authors, who fall within the following categories: Person(s) of Color (POC), GLBT, Disability, Mental Illness, Religious Lifestyle, Lower Socioeconomic Status, Plus-size. I was lucky enough to be asked to be a first tier judge. Diversity in books (all media actually) is something that's really important to me and it's always nice for some under-the-radar books to get a little love. You can read the short list here if you like, but I'm reading Abe in Arms by Pegi Dietz Shea and Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins. These aren't the type of books I'd normally read so I'm even more excited to see how I feel about them.

To make Nerds Heart YA even more awesome, they're having a huge giveaway of books from this years short list. They include so many goodies I kind of can't believe I'm sharing the giveaway because I want it all for myself. Okay I'm not really that greedy, but look at these prizes:
Prize Pack One

Signed copy of ‘The Kid Table’ – Andrea Seigel
Signed paperback copy of ‘Monsoon Summer’ – Mitali Perkins
Signed copy of ‘How I Made it to Eighteen (A Mostly True Story)’ – Tracy White
Signed copy of ‘Toads and Diamonds’ – Heather Tomlinson
Signed copy of ‘Bleeding Violet’ – Dia Reeves
Signed copy of ‘Mindblind’ and bookmark – Jennifer Roy
Signed sketch by Tracy White
Signed hardcover copy of ‘Dark Water’ – Laura Mcneal
Signed paperback copy of ‘The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin’ – Josh Berk
Signed copy of ‘Pull’ – BA Binns

Prize Pack Two

Signed copy of ‘The Kid Table’ – Andrea Seigel
Signed copy of ‘How I Made it to Eighteen (A Mostly True Story)’ – Tracy White
Signed paperback copy of ‘Secret Keeper’ – Mitali Perkins
Signed copy of ’8th Grade Superzero’ and bookmarks from Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Paperback copy of ‘Dirty Little Secrets’ – CJ Omololu
Signed paperback copy of ‘Breathless’ – Jessica Warman
1 copy Office 2010 from Micheal Wenberg
Signed copy of ‘Five Flavours of Dumb’ – Anthony John
Copy of ‘The End: Five Queer Kids Save the World’ and magnet from Nora Olsen
And the only thing you have to do is take a picture of one of the books on the short-list somewhere in the wild. "Wild" can be your home or the book store, but I think I might take it a little literally for some added fun.

If you are interested in the giveaway you can find all the info here. Good luck!

ETA: I just wanted to add my picture of Abe in Arms in the "wild." The wild being my bookcase. Considering the amount of dust that I've allowed to accumulate the shelf does seem a bit untamed.


I originally wanted to do something a bit funny, but today is the last day to enter the contest so this will have to do.


  1. Thanks so much for mentioning the giveaway and the tournament :) We're so close to the start now!