Enjoy Fancy Drinks, Support Reading, and Win Tickets to Literatini (Giveaway Ended)

Enjoy Fancy Drinks, Support Reading, and Win Tickets to Literatini (Giveaway Ended)

Get lucky this Friday the 13th by winning tickets to Literacy Mid-South's annual Literatini. 

***Congrats to Sarah McCormick and Whitney Williams for winning the ticket drawing. Thanks to everyone to commented. If you didn't win you can still buy tickets here. ***

Head to Booksellers at Laurelwood and sample martinis from several local restaurants, enjoy some tasty bites, bid on auction items, and shop (20 percent of sales benefit Literacy Mid-South). There will be live music and the typewriter poet guy will make an appearance.

Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple, but I'm giving away two pairs for free. To win, just leave a comment on this post telling me the best book you've read lately. You get entered in the drawing twice if it's a book about Memphis or by a Memphis author. (Giveaway ended)

I'll do a drawing at the end of the day today, when I return from a quick road trip I'm taking (and I'll tell you about that, too). Also, Lyft is giving free rides to Literatini. Go to the event's Facebook page for details. 

Go there:

Literatini 
Friday, June 13 
7:00pm-10:00pm 

The Booksellers at Laurelwood
387 Perkins Extended Memphis, TN 38117

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Danesha
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
June 11, 2014 8:51am

Tara Mulroy
Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo. Memphis author!
June 11, 2014 8:52am

JR Kamra
"The Lincon Myth" by Steve Berry & "The Target" by David Baldacci
June 11, 2014 8:57am

Michele Walker
"Life is So Good" by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman is at the top of my list for this year so far. Ironically, it was a Literacy Mid-South recommended reading suggestion during March's Read Across America. Inspiring story about 103-year-old George Dawson, a slave's grandson who learned to read at age 98. 
June 11, 2014 9:03am

Tamara
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
June 11, 2014 9:16am

stacy
Ok, you have to pick me for this one.  I am a voracias reader and have acutally been spending some time reading some classics and just recently happened to read The Reivers: A Reminiscence by William Faulkner.  One of his comedy writings.  It is a great read.    
June 11, 2014 9:19am

Carrie Huggins
Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides. An incredible narrative history writer, he just pulls you right into history and makes you love it! He's from Memphis but lives in Santa Fe now.
June 11, 2014 9:23am

Rebecca Pittman
The Firm!
June 11, 2014 9:28am

Peggy Cousar
Stella Bain by Anita Shreve
June 11, 2014 9:28am

Mr. Woller
I'm reading The Coldest War by Ian Tregillis.  It's a great alternate history/ light sci-fi kinda thing.  It's the second book in the Milkweed Trilogy and it is just darn good.
June 11, 2014 9:32am

Kathy Fisher
I just finished "The Accidental Millionaire," by Gary Fong. It points out that the way to profit is not to invent some groundbreaking new thing, it's by looking at something that's already there and improving on it.  
June 11, 2014 9:33am

Fred Bromm
100 Things To Do In Memphis Before You Die by Samantha Crespo. An easy and informative read that has a lot to offer for tourists and locals alike!
June 11, 2014 9:42am

Neil S.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  
June 11, 2014 9:43am

Joyce A Smith
"The Fault in Our Stars", "Insurgence", "Grain Brain". I particularly enjoyed a realistic, heartwarming story. I love my action but was thoroughly immersed with "The Fault in Our Stars".
June 11, 2014 9:50am

Katie Walsh
Just finished the Firm by John Grisham, AGAIN.  I think that makes 6 or 7 times now?
June 11, 2014 9:52am

David DeVita
I recently read Luigi Pirandello's The Late Mattia Pascal, which I strongly encourage. It is a wonderful satirical work on relationships and the difference between real life, and life as a stage.
June 11, 2014 9:54am

nicole
No contest - the best book I've read, hands down, is A Fraction of the Whole. It's about a father and son relationship in Australia and was the most absurd and hilarious thing I've read in years. The author is like the new John Iriving. Irving is my dad's favorite author so I recommended the book to him and he adored it. My dad is in town for a week from New York and he's the person who inspired my love of books - I'd love to take him to this!!
June 11, 2014 9:54am

Claire
Do More Faster!!
June 11, 2014 9:55am

Susanne
The best book I've read recently was Changes by Jim Butcher. Yay wizards and explosions!
June 11, 2014 9:58am

Sarah McCormick
I just finished "Hellhound on his Trail" by Hampton Sides. (Ps I should automatically win with a book about Memphis by a Memphis author. I really did read it though, three times :) ) 
June 11, 2014 10:02am

lisa mcfarland
the fault in our stars
June 11, 2014 10:02am

Meg
I just read The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History by Molly Caldwell Crosby and loved it. It's one of the more interesting nonfiction books I've read. The book details the yellow fever epidemic in the South and the devestating effects it had on the city of Memphis.
June 11, 2014 10:03am

Tony Bath
I recently read the book Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver which is a novel about the effects of global warming on a small family farm. The novel was not set in Memphis, but in eastern Tennessee.
June 11, 2014 10:04am

Rachel Bee
Bark by Lorrie Moore (highly recommend)
June 11, 2014 10:07am

Julie Haley
I am reading Ben Carson's new book - One Nation. It is more political than I prefer but still a good read.
June 11, 2014 10:12am

stacy
Pick me pick me.  I just read William Faulkner The Reivers: A Reminiscence.
June 11, 2014 10:47am

Jess
Against the Grain by Bill Courtney (Memphis author)
June 11, 2014 11:25am

Shannon Little
Is it weird that I am reading Samanth Crespo's 100 Things To Do in Memphis Before You Die from cover to cover? It's always interesting to learn about things to do in my city that I didn't even know existed.
June 11, 2014 11:32am

Melanie Jackso…
The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis (set in Memphis)!
June 11, 2014 11:50am

James
Fresh of the Boat by Eddie Huang & The Science of God by Gerald Schoerder
June 11, 2014 11:54am

Caywood Coleman
Orange is the new black
June 11, 2014 11:54am

Melody Bailey
The best book I've read recently was Love Does by Bob Goff. This book was so empowering and inspirational and helped me believe and dream BIG dreams for me and my family.
June 11, 2014 11:56am

Quaneshia
The best book I've read lately is #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso! It's an awesome read and encourages women to be self-confident in all they/we do. I loved it! 
June 11, 2014 12:00pm

Daw McKinney
I just read  The Tilted World, a story about right here, Memphis and Mississippi during the Prohibition. Great read.
June 11, 2014 12:01pm

Scarlett Hester
The best book I just finished was "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown. Seriously life changing in so many ways. I highly recommend it. 
June 11, 2014 12:02pm

Kate
Just finished The Fault in our Stars
June 11, 2014 12:02pm

Andrew Bartolotta
Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides and If You Have To Cry Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone. Ha. 
June 11, 2014 12:04pm

Shelton Russell
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. Highly recommended. 
June 11, 2014 12:17pm

Angie Morton
Just finished The Reivers by Faulkner...half the book takes place in Memphis. It's really funny. Faulkner is not always funny- so that was unexpected. Love to read books that take place in my city!! And I love martinis and. Free night out without my kids!!
June 11, 2014 12:23pm

Darryl Wilson
  The Chronicles of Tao: The Secret Life of a Taoist Master by Ming-dao Deng. Its amazing and you can apply it to your everyday life...for the rest of your life!
June 11, 2014 12:34pm

Veena Rangaswami
I am almost finished with And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini and am loving it. Between reading that and watching The Fault in Our Stars yesterday, it's a wonder I have any tears left in my body!
June 11, 2014 12:38pm

Justin Rickert
American Sniper by Chris Kyle
June 11, 2014 12:46pm

April Scott
I just read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks about a woman from Memphis.
June 11, 2014 1:03pm

Katie Harris
The Irrational Season by Madeleine L'Engle!!! Such a great book!! Would love to attend this cool event!
June 11, 2014 1:23pm

Whitney Williams
Picked up a book for the beach: The Next Big Thing by Johanna Edwards(Memphis author) and The hit by David Balducci
June 11, 2014 2:28pm

Jon Tobin
I read The Fault In Our Stars over Christmas break and then read it again in April and May with my 9th grade students. They loved it and it was so much fun.
June 11, 2014 2:50pm

Lauren Miller
Wild by Cheryl Strayed 
June 11, 2014 3:16pm

Krystal Singleton
Best book I read lately was Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
June 11, 2014 3:20pm

Mike Watson
Just finished The Target by David Baldacci
June 11, 2014 3:51pm

Sonya Shen
Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain.  Great read that is relevant to both Introverts and Extroverts.  I'm also in the middle of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn...would be reading it now if I wasn't at work!
June 11, 2014 3:57pm