Well, those two things are definitely connected! Here's what me and the fabulous people at Penguin/Razorbill have been working on!
We took the top twenty-five votes for favorite bookstores, and we sent each of those bookstores signed bookplates and one of the beautiful art prints designed by Icey Designs. You know, this piece of gorgeousness:
This means, if you see the above sign in the bookstores listed below, you can get a signed copy of A World Without You. And some of the bookstores have already mentioned that they'll be giving away their copy of the sign to the first reader who expresses interest. (Obviously ask first!)
We ended up with such great bookstores on the list that we sent out these special packets to more than twenty-five stores, and if there's a store with more than one location (such as Vroman's or Books Inc.), these packets were sent to all locations.
The bookstores (in no particular order) are:
Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL
BookPeople, Austin, TX
Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC
Kepler's Books, Menlo Park, CA
Malaprop's, Asheville, NC
McNally Jackson, Manhattan, NYC
Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
The Strand, New York, NY
The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
Watermark Bookstore, Wichita, KS
Changing Hands Bookstore, Phoenix, AZ
Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Lexington, KY
Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO
Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, GA
Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego, CA
Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul, MN
Vroman's, Pasadena, CA
The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC
Powell's, Portland, OR
Toadstool Bookshop, Keene NH
Books Inc, San Francisco, CA
Full Circle Bookstore, Oklahoma City, OK
Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL
Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA
Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, DE
I was really happy to see so many bookstores from across the nation! And remember: Go into any of the above listed stores on July 19, and there will be signed copies of A World Without You ready for you to get! You absolutely can go in now and preorder your signed copy--in fact, I would love it if you did!
Speaking of pre-ordering, if you can't get to one of these shops or want to take part in the special pre-order campaign at Malaprops, it's still open. You can find all the details about it here.
ALSO: There's going to be a little contest going up on July 19th the involves you taking a picture inside a bookstore. I'm going to go ahead and say right now that a picture of the sign in the bookstore counts as an entry...and that there are more than 100 prizes up for grabs. So if you see the sign in your bookstore, take a picture of it and share it on social media! You'll already have a leg up on everyone else when the contest opens next month!