Giveaway & Event Countdown: Algonquin Book Club with Sara Gruen and Kathryn Stockett

Just 8 more days…

We’re counting down to April 26th, 7:00 pm EST and our next Algonquin Book Club event! Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, will interview¬†Sara Gruen about her international bestseller, Water for Elephants. As with all Algonquin Book Club events, you’ll be able to see the entire event via a live webcast–and you’ll also be able to ask questions of the author and chat with others who are also tuning in to the webcast.

Just 4 more days…

Until the big-screen premiere of Water For Elephants starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz. Be sure to catch opening night on Friday, April 22. And you can view the trailer right now.

Today…

We’re giving away 3 autographed copies of Water For Elephants and 5 Algonquin Book Club tote bags. To enter, leave a comment here, ask a question on our Facebook Discussion section, or tweet about Water for Elephants using #AlgBookClub as your hasthtag.

62 Comments On This Post:

April 18, 2011
10:14 am
Susan Toy says...

Ooooo, would love one of those book totes – classy!!

April 18, 2011
10:15 am
Melissa Miracle says...

I can’t wait to see this movie. I just got the book from the library and am loving it.

April 18, 2011
10:17 am
Hayley says...

Eep! This is so exciting! I cannot wait!

April 18, 2011
10:18 am
Kelly Eichhorn says...

I haven’t read Water For Elephants yet but it’s been highly reccomended on the Facebook page to me. So you should give me a copy so I can read it!

April 18, 2011
10:20 am
Paulette says...

I would love an autographed copy !!! I have recommended this book to MANY people and would just be thrilled to win.

April 18, 2011
10:20 am
celeste says...

I read this book when it first came out years ago…one of the top ten on my list of great books…my daughter loved it as well….looking forward to seeing the movie…though not really thrilled with the lead characters…hope they do it justice.
If you haven’t read it…do so!

April 18, 2011
10:20 am
Teresa says...

I read Water for Elephants for my book club when it first came out. I really enjoyed it and am very interested to see how it translates onto the screen.

April 18, 2011
10:22 am
amanda says...

this is awesome. can’t wait for the movie to come out, hope it’s as good as the book

April 18, 2011
10:24 am
Haley says...

I have been wanting to read Water for Elephants for forever, but haven’t had a chance to pick it up! This is would be the perfect opportunity for me to read it if I were to win it! Great giveaway!

April 18, 2011
10:24 am
Helen says...

There was a great interview (and photo shoot) with Reese Witherspoon in the most recent copy of Vogue promoting the movie. It’s such a magical, whimsical book, and judging from the trailers and photos, the movie will capture those qualities really well.

April 18, 2011
10:24 am
MaryKateLeahy says...

Awesome giveaway! Water for Elephants has been on my list for months. Can’t wait to see it on the silver screen too.

April 18, 2011
10:25 am
Heather says...

I read Water for Elephants years ago. I loved it and have recommended it to several friends and we are planning to see the movie together. I would love to have an autographed copy of the book. Thanks for a chance to win!

April 18, 2011
10:25 am
Carol says...

I loved the book i can’t wait to see the movie

April 18, 2011
10:25 am
MaryKateLeahy says...

Squee! I don’t own a copy yet, heres hoping (Crosses fingers)

April 18, 2011
10:28 am
Amy says...

Looking forward to the movie and would love to win an autographed copy! Thanks for the giveaway!

April 18, 2011
10:28 am
Jo Murphey says...

I’m game. What a unique birthday present it would be if I won!

April 18, 2011
10:28 am
Chrisska says...

I can’t wait for the film to come to UK cinemas so I can watch it with my friends! It’s gonna be awesome!

April 18, 2011
10:30 am
Karina Worlton says...

I would love to win this book or the totes! Thanks for the giveaway!

April 18, 2011
10:30 am
Sarah P. says...

I can’t wait to see the movie, too! The book was wonderful and I hope the movie does it justice.

April 18, 2011
10:31 am
Ashley says...

What a great giveaway! Would love an autographed copy of the book, and the tote bag looks wonderful!

April 18, 2011
10:32 am
Stephanie Karim says...

i cant wait till friday when the movie will come out x from what i have seen from all the trailers.. etc.. x it looks AMAZING!

April 18, 2011
10:33 am
Virginia B. says...

I thought the book was very well written and I would love a copy. I don’t know about the movie though. I might see it but it looks too glam, clean, Hollywood. Why did they choose Robert Pattenson as the main character?

April 18, 2011
10:35 am
Dorothy Wolman says...

I’m always looking for books my husband will read with me – Water for Elephants is perfect!
And book club on my birthday – who could ask for more!

April 18, 2011
10:36 am
Dee Manz says...

I loaned out my copy of the book and it was never returned. *sobs*

April 18, 2011
10:38 am
Sue B. says...

Water For Elephants one of my top 10 favorite books. Can’t wait to see the movie!

April 18, 2011
10:39 am
Susan says...

Water for Elephants is coming out out my birthday! Whoo hoo!!! I am so excited to see the movie. I know what I am doing to celebrate!! I love the book! And I am reading The Help right now too. It is going to be another of my favorites.

April 18, 2011
10:40 am
Grace says...

I loved the book so much and can’t wait to see the movie adaptation. I lent my copy to my mom so would love an autogrpahed copy as I am sure I’m not getting mine back- its too good!

April 18, 2011
10:44 am
jackie says...

I absolutely loved the book, can’t wait to see the movie

April 18, 2011
10:44 am
Stephanie Gattman says...

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first picked up the book, but I absolutely loved it. I am hoping the film adaptation does it justice.

April 18, 2011
10:45 am
Amber Scott says...

I’m dying to read this one!
The movie preview with Florence and the Machine gives me goose bumps.

April 18, 2011
10:46 am
Karla Vollkopf says...

I really want to read this book before watching the movie! If it’s international, please count me in. :)

April 18, 2011
10:52 am
Sarah says...

Picked this book for my book club a few months back, and everyone loved it. Excited about the movie!

April 18, 2011
10:53 am
cathy osborne says...

Interested in reading the book, I’ve heard wonderful things about the in-depth story telling and how it translate in to a very imaginably picture.

April 18, 2011
11:01 am
Debra Hunsaker says...

Water for Elephants was and is an amazing story. I couldn’t put it down once I started! And to know that a movie is being made about the story with some of my favorite actors in it, is really wonderful. I have purchased the soft cover as well as the book for my e-Reader! Just Perfect!!

April 18, 2011
11:01 am
Sarah Houston says...

Although it’s high on my booklist, I still haven’t read Water for Elephants and would love love love an autographed copy. Saw the preview for the movie version on Friday when I went to see The Conspirator (Mary Surratt was unjustly hanged). When I began reading The Help I just couldn’t put it down; what a profound book. Later on a road trip I listened to it in audiobook format and that was even more amazing.

April 18, 2011
11:09 am
Denise Lanier says...

I want to run away to the circus, but I’m thinking tightrope-walks with a mobility assistance service dog is a no-go. And Luke says No Way is he going to balance a ball on his nose wearing a tutu *or* put his fluffy golden head inside a tiger’s many-sharp-toothed gaping maw.

:::sigh:::

Guess I’ll have to stay in struggling writer land for now . . .

April 18, 2011
11:18 am
John says...

I absolutely love this book, it completely changed the way I think of literature. It’s absolutely captivating and had me more emotionally involved than most books I’ve ever read. A spectacular piece of writing, so excited to see the movie!

April 18, 2011
11:22 am
Anji says...

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book. I’m hoping to do so before I see the movie!

April 18, 2011
11:29 am
Holly H. says...

Excellent book. Very interesting and cultivating. Glad I picked this book for our new book club.

April 18, 2011
11:30 am
Janet says...

The time is fast approaching for the movie release! Somehow I lost track…must read this book! I believe I’m one of the only people who has not – at least that I know. Looking forward to it!

April 18, 2011
11:54 am
Kim says...

I read the book quite a while ago and instantly loved it. I love fiction with twists of history and truth tied in! Very compelling writing Ms. Gruen! Fabulous read! And oh what perfect casting selections for the movie! Congratulations!

April 18, 2011
11:58 am
Nikki Hodgkins says...

I’m currently only a few pages into Water for Elephants and so far its amazing! I want to get it done before I go see the movie. :)

April 18, 2011
12:34 pm
Viki S. says...

I would so love to read this book. The story just sounds wonderful.

April 18, 2011
12:51 pm
Lindsay says...

I can’t wait to see the book come alive on the big screen!

April 18, 2011
1:01 pm
Leah Shivers says...

Can’t wait for this event!

April 18, 2011
2:03 pm
Margaret jaskorzynski says...

Loved the movie saw it last night!!! Can’t wait to read the book!!

April 18, 2011
2:14 pm
Hira H. says...

My book club and I are waiting impatiently for this live webcast event. We’re so excited, we’re also having a themed party for the release of the movie (Karamel Korn and Elephant Turds for the #win)! The best thing, we’re really looking forward to reading “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett as well, now! :D

I’d love to win an Algonquin Book Club tote! That would simply be amazing! Thank you for such amazing opportunities! :D

April 18, 2011
3:29 pm
Sheltiemama says...

I’d love to win either “Water for Elephants” or that cool tote!

April 18, 2011
4:16 pm
Anna Mills says...

I love Algonquin Books! If Algonquin publishes it, I know it’s excellent.

April 18, 2011
5:52 pm
Sara says...

Love the book & can’t wait for the movie!

April 18, 2011
5:55 pm
Aneesa says...

I can’t wait to watch the film so the book must be pretty amazing too! Waiting rather impatiently for my own copy to come through the post! :D

April 18, 2011
7:51 pm
Sri says...

Eagerly waiting for the book and the movie…. I just dying to lay my hands on them :) heard good reviews about the book……….. :D

April 18, 2011
9:43 pm
Bina Williams says...

I read and loved both of these books…Plus I am a long time reader and promoter of Algonquin books! We are starting a new book discussion group at my library and our first book is The Help.

April 19, 2011
8:43 am
Heidi says...

Love the book!

April 19, 2011
3:09 pm
Danielle says...

What a fabulous idea to have webcast discussions of great books and their authors. I am grateful, as always, to the outstanding offerings of Books and Books for those of us living in the Miami area.

April 19, 2011
4:02 pm
Amy Mills says...

We read this book for our book club several years ago. It provided a great dicussion and was liked by all. I’m looking forward to the movie and to my inaugural Algonquin book event on April, 26th!

April 20, 2011
6:07 pm
Linda White says...

I’ve introduced this book to two of my book clubs, and led both discussions. I was amazed to find that some people did not like WFE. I’ve read it four times and each time, I cry on page 13 and I find more deep meanings about the nature of truth. I have never read anywhere that Gruen was aiming for any thread about truth, but I cannot believe that she did that by accident. Will try to catch this discussion, one of my all-time favorites, can’t wait for the movie!

April 21, 2011
8:18 am
Ro says...

Our book club is reading this book next month. Can’t wait to discuss it and see the movie!

April 21, 2011
3:35 pm
Mary Parker says...

I am reading the book now. I am going to finish it and see the movie. I have never been disappointed by any Algonquin book label

April 22, 2011
10:20 am
Sue Schwartz says...

Read both books and really enjoyed them..grew up in the 50′s South so identified with The Help.

April 22, 2011
12:41 pm
Marilyn says...

I loved Water for Elephants. My “big Sister” (I will be turning 60 on May 1) lent me her copy after her daughter had read it too. We had lost both our parents a few years prior and our mother had alzheimers so the characters really touched us. The book was an all around terrific read.

April 28, 2011
5:02 pm
carissa defries says...

love this book and movie soo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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