- Getting a quarter from us and putting it into the gumball machine to get a set of clues (and a sticker and some candy)
- Following the clues around the LA Convention Center to find a different set of stories than the obvious ones.
- Using your cell phone to get clues to get back on track after that all important wait in the line for Leonard Nimoy’s autograph.
- Getting recognized by the Black Magic Insurance Company stickers and receiving exclusive (ok, sometimes they weren’t exclusive) goodies from these fine presses:
- Tin House (who had Pinkberry gift certificates for Jim Krusoe’s novel Girl Factory (in which girls are manufactured in the back of yogurt shop), the hilarious “Republican family values book” You Don’t Know Me, and The Dart League King [which Kelly blurbed: “Sign me up as a member of the Keith Lee Morris fan club. His characters are as real, fallible, and surprising as anyone I’ve ever met, and his novel has all the textures of real life: precarious, tender, and utterly engrossing.”)
- Agate: copies of Where the Line Bleeds and, a favorite of ours, How’s Your Drink?
- Gray Wolf: who had toilet paper with aphorisms from Best Thought, Worst Thought printed on it
- Algonquin (handy doorhangers featuring a myriad of books including this nonfiction [cough] fave, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England)
- Baby Tattoo: a free book! Tales of the Sister Kane by Christy Kane
- MacAdam/Cage: CDs exclusively available for participants featuring 3-5 original recordings by Linda Robertson (author of What Rhymes with Bastard?) singing and playing the accordion
- No Voice Unheard: temporary tattoos of their “heart and paw” logo (publishers of One at a Time and Thought to Exist in the Wild, books no animal lovers should miss)
- John Hodgman (not an indie press but he had irresistible and incredibly funny posters for his new book, More Information Than You Require
- Drawn & Quarterly: posters for Lynda Barry’s What It Is
- and of course us: postcards, galleys of Couch, The King’s Last Song, and The Serial Garden, chocolate (except we had to chuck a box of yucky Peppermint Patties—they were stale!), electric cars, tandem bikes, inflatable couches (because the only good couch is one that you can carry), &c., &c.
Ok. It’s some months later. Everyone who made it all the way round the scavenger hunt received a raffle ticket and we kept those in a box. We pulled one out, and it was from a cool indie bookshop in Brooklyn, Word Books.
Last Saturday at the Brooklyn Book Festival we met Luca from Word—which reminded us that perhaps we should send out the pile of even more goodies we’d gathered from the presses above for the winner. So now we have the package together and it goes in the mail on today. Or tomorrow!
One more thing marked off the To Do list. Yay, just in time for tea!