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  • 2011 Giveaway - Win One of Three Signed Copies of The Fifty Year Sword

    Enter to win one of three signed second edition copies of The Fifty Year Sword. Each of the winners will also receive a special bookmark—an /Burning Man card (view a sample here:

    And if you live near Los Angeles, don't miss the return performance of The Fifty Year Sword live at REDCAT on Halloween (see the end of this post and for more information), where the book will be available for sale and at least one copy will be given away during the show.

    Each person may receive up to three entries in this giveaway:

    1) Click "Like" on Mark Z. Danielewski's Facebook page ( then click the Share button under the following message on that page (direct link:

    Win one of three rare copies of The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski and learn about MZD's Halloween event at REDCAT in Los Angeles. One winner will be chosen at random from all those who share this message. Full info:

    2) In addition, the person who receives the most likes on the shared message (above) will receive a copy of the book. The winner must have at least 99 likes on the message to qualify. To enter, reply (with your total) to the official message that will be posted to MZD's Facebook page on Nov. 1. We will verify the highest number of likes then award the book.

    3) Follow then post or retweet the following message:

    Win a rare copy of The Fifty Year Sword by @markdanielewski and learn about MZD's Halloween event at REDCAT: #T50YS

    Giveaway starts at 3 p.m. PST on October 17 and ends at 8 p.m. PST on October 31, except for #2 above, which will end on Nov. 1.

    Giveaway Rules
    -No purchase necessary.

    -All entrants must be 18 years of age or older.

    -Void where prohibited.

    -Winners will be announced on Saturday, November 5.

    -Once contacted, winner will be responsible for providing a mailing address within 7 days.

    -Prize for each entry method is one signed second edition copy of The Fifty Year Sword and one /Burning Man card.

    -No responsibility is assumed for late, lost, damaged, incomplete, illegible, or misdirected entries.

    -By accepting the prize, winner releases Sponsor and any affiliated companies from any and all liability for any loss, harm, injuries, damages, cost or expense arising out of or relating to participation in this sweepstakes or the acceptance, use or misuse of the prize.

    -This giveaway is sponsored by

    -At least one additional book will be given away on-site at the live REDCAT event on Halloween:


    Limited Second Edition Copies of the Book to Be Sold at the Event With Proceeds Benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

    LOS ANGELES (Oct. 13, 2011) — This Halloween, for one night only, Mark Z. Danielewski's The Fifty Year Sword is returning to REDCAT. Last year, some people drove from as far away as Georgia to catch one of the sold-out shows. This year's performance will include 40-foot shadows by shadowcaster Christine Marie, sound design by John Zalewski, live music, and maybe a pumpkin or two—all conducted by the author himself. Except for the pumpkins. As Danielewski once said "While it's true you can carve a pumpkin, conducting a pumpkin, it turns out, is impossible."

    Danielewski, who is best known for his bestselling novels of Leaves and , said of The Fifty Year Sword, "It's a ghost story for adults who still remember what it's like to wonder and fear like a child—to find confusion in the obvious, delight in strangeness and reason in the unseen."

    The Fifty Year Sword tells the tale of a recently divorced seamstress who encounters a shadowy Story Teller who recounts for five orphans a story of revenge, a harrowing quest, and a terrible sword. Said a quote in the Los Angeles Times' Jacket Copy review, "The various voices braided together with a burbling momentum . . . my heart was racing with all the peaks and the valleys in the story."

    A limited number of rare second edition copies of The Fifty Year Sword will be available for purchase at the event. Book sale proceeds will benefit the Los Angeles chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which will also have a booth at REDCAT that evening.

    Prior to the show, Danielewski will give away three copies of The Fifty Year Sword via his Facebook ( and Twitter (@markdanielewski) pages. In addition, cast information and on-site giveaways will be announced on these pages in the coming days.

    Said co-producer Mali Elfman, "Last year, I was blown away by the show, so I feel quite honored to be a part of the amazing team that brought it to life . . . I think the audience is in for a special night with a lot of fun, new twists."

    Audience members are encouraged to dress for the occasion. Last year, a flurry of cat costumes peppered the audience in anticipation of Danielewski's upcoming cat-centric novel, The , and that trend is likely to continue this year.

    The Fifty Year Sword will be held at REDCAT on Monday, October 31, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. All tickets are $20 general admission ($16 for students with current I.D.) and are available at or by calling (213) 237-2800. REDCAT is located at the corner of W. 2nd and Hope Streets, inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex (631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012).
    Last edited by Hazel; 11-03-2011, 10:08 AM.

  • #2
    Here's the full list of winners for all of our recent giveaways. We received so many submissions that we found some extra cards in order to give even more people a chance to win. For those who contacted us via e-mail, we will send you a message soon if we haven’t received your mailing address.

    For those who entered via Facebook only, we've had some technical issues with the messaging system. If you won, we will try to reach you again in the next 24 hours. If you don't receive a message by Monday, please send an e-mail to fiftyyearsword (at) with your name, address and a link to your Facebook page.

    All cards and books will be mailed within the next two weeks.

    For those who didn't win, thanks again for participating! We received some incredible entries, and we expect to have more giveaways in the near future.

    Jennifer Rossi (@jennygolightly)

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