The “Yes, I Resort to Bribery” Giveaway

Yes. You read that right. I’m not ashamed to use bribery to get people to read my posts. This giveway is an example of that. My last post was about the book Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond by Don Cheadle. This book is an excellent resource to use as a starting guide to figure out what in the world we can do to make a difference in Darfur. I really want everybody to take time out and read that post. Therefore, the “Yes, I Resort to Bribery” giveaway.

I will be giving away two books each to four winners!

Those winners can choose those books from the following titles: Empire Falls by Richard Russo, (two copies) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, White Oleander by Janet Fitch, Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons, Vinegar Hill by A. Manette Ansay, We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates, Gap Creek by Robert Morgan, Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts, The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom (three copies), Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier (one hardback, one paperback,), The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisenberger, The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Jewel by Brett Lott, Paradise by Toni Morrison (hardcover), Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell, The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan (hardcover), Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton, Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie McDonald, The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller (hardback).

Open to anybody, anywhere. I’m going international with this one! You have until July 31st to enter and I’ll announce the four winners on August 1st.

How to enter: I’ve come up with a little quiz for you to take based upon my Not On Our Watch post. Each correct answer will count as one entry in the giveaway. Mention this contest on your blog to double those entries. If you don’t have a blog, instead post about the contest on MySpace, FaceBook, Library Thing, forums, etc or email five people and cc me to the email at natasha (at) mawbooks (dot) com to double your entries. With ten questions, you can have as many as twenty entries.

Leave the answers to the quiz on this post (you might want to open two windows). If you answer question #1 correctly, your comment should be sent into moderation meaning you won’t be able to cheat and see everybody else’s answers. Make sense? I hope it will work. So when you post your comment here hopefully it won’t be published. I’ll publish them when the contest closes.

The quiz:

  1. Spell out the following number: 7 (this should send the comment into moderation)
  2. Name one of the five criteria used to define genocide.
  3. In which country is Darfur located?
  4. How many years has the genocide been going for?
  5. Fill in the blank from the Ellie Wiesel quote: Remember: ______ helps the ______, never his ________.
  6. Name three of the six strategies for effective change?
  7. What are the three P’s of genocide prevention?
  8. What is at least one thing from the suggested ideas that you can commit to do?
  9. Leave a comment on that post stating what it is that you are committing to do.
  10. Am I planning a fundraising/awareness campaign on this blog come September? Yes or no.

That’s it and good luck!

34 comments


  1. Firstly, I think it is REALLY sad that you have been forced tro resort to bribery to get people to read such an interesting blog on one of the most attention-seeking current events of the world.. Being a public health student, i totally understand what it is that you are going through and how helpless we all feel at this point. I am really happy that you are coming forth to do your best to raise awareness.. Just wanted to let you know that I am totally with you on this. If you need any help for september, you can count on my and my blog!
    Ramya.

    on July 24th, 2008 at 8:25 am
  2. Having said that, I would still like to take part in the giveaway.

    Q1: SEVEN
    Q2: Killing (one of the 5 criteria)
    Q3: Sudan
    Q4: 5 years (since 2003)
    Q5: Silence Helps the Killer, not his victims
    Q6: Raise, Awareness, Raise Funds, Join an Organization
    Q7: Protecting People, Punishing perpetrators, Promoting Peace
    Q8: I can commit to Raising Awareness and Joining an Organization
    Q9: Comment on relevant post
    Q10: Yes you are and I am soo proud of you for that!

    on July 24th, 2008 at 8:29 am
  3. 1. seven
    2. I’m choosing “imposing measures to prevent birth,” because in some ways that seems the most horrific of the criteria, because it seems to be the most deliberate and malicious to me, for some reason.
    3. Sudan
    4. A little over five years, actually almost 5 and ½ years.
    5. Remember: silence helps the killer, never his victim.
    6. Calling for divestment (this one really appeals to me, since it directly affects the offending government), lobbying the government/writing letters (I know these are listed separately, but they seem very connected to me), and raising awareness (people can’t care if they don’t know, which is why I love what you’re doing!)
    7. Protecting the people, punishing the perpetrators, promoting the peace
    8. I can definitely write letters, I have a habit of doing that from time to time. I also suspect that you’ll be giving us some good opportunities to help you raise awareness and funds pretty soon, and I DEFINITELY plan to take part in that.
    9. Off to do that now.
    10. Yes.

    on July 24th, 2008 at 8:44 am
  4. Hmmm…a bribery giveaway. Well….if it gets awareness out there!!

    Sadly, I do not know the answers without looking them up, so expect that entry later!!

    Naughty, Naughty, Naughty me!

    on July 24th, 2008 at 9:40 am
  5. seven

    I feel a bit like I am cheating by looking up the answers!

    2.Genocide is partially defined as: deliberately inflicting “conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.

    3. Ha Ha…this one I knew. Darfur is located in Sudan.

    4. The genocide hs been going on since February 2003, so rougly 4 years.

    5.Remember: SILENCE helps the KILLER, never his VICTIMS.

    6. Some ways to help: Raise Awarness, Raise Funds, and Write Letters (this actually CAN worki…I’ve tried it on other topics)

    7.Protect the People, Punish the perpetrators, snd Promote the Peace.

    8. I can firmly commit to raising awareness. I feel like we are sheltered here in the US. My husband is British and can’t believe how sheltered our news commentary is.

    9. Leaving comment there when I am done here.

    10. Yes you are, and your mommy should be proud of you. You are putting a great deal of thought and compassion into something that selflessly means a lot to you. Yet again, I must say you are awesome.

    on July 24th, 2008 at 10:00 am
  6. 1. seven
    2. Imposing measures to prevent births
    3. Sudan
    4. five
    5. Remember: silence helps the killer, never his victims.
    6. Raise awareness, write letters, lobby the government.
    7. Protecting the people, punishing the perpetrators, promoting the peace… that’s really more like 6 Ps, isn’t it?
    8. educate myself — start with learning more about the conflict
    9. okeedokee
    10. yes

    on July 24th, 2008 at 10:08 am
  7. I read your post earlier (I rarely comment), you are right it is a very important issue that so many people are unaware of/don’t understand. Well, here goes:

    Spell out the following number: 7 (this should send the comment into moderation) seven

    Name one of the five criteria used to define genocide. killing

    In which country is Darfur located? Sudan

    How many years has the genocide been going for? 5

    Fill in the blank from the Ellie Wiesel quote: Remember: silence helps the killer, never his victims.

    Name three of the six strategies for effective change? Raise awareness, raise funds and lobby the government.

    What are the three P’s of genocide prevention? Protect the people, punish the perpetrators and promote peace.

    What is at least one thing from the suggested ideas that you can commit to do? I already donate funds and try to raise awareness, I will continue to do so :)

    Leave a comment on that post stating what it is that you are committing to do. will do.

    Am I planning a fundraising/awareness campaign on this blog come September? Yes

    on July 24th, 2008 at 11:10 am
  8. [...] Posted by bookroomreviews on July 24, 2008 First look carefully at this child’s face.  Now I would like to invite you to go read Natasha’s passionate post and review of this important book and cause.  She is even offering a book giveaway of four winners for reading it.  Each person will win two books so that’s eight books she is giving away!  She’s generous like that!  Her website is Maw Books. [...]

    on July 24th, 2008 at 11:31 am
  9. Two birds with one stone: feel better about my world involvement and potentially win books!

    1. Seven
    2. Forcibly transferring children from a targeted group
    3. Sudan
    4. Five (since February 2003)
    5. Silence helps the killer, never his victims
    6. Raise awareness, raise funds, and write letters
    7. Protecting the people, punishing the perpetrators, and promoting the peace
    8. Write letters / lobby the government
    9. Check
    10. Yes

    on July 24th, 2008 at 1:24 pm
  10. Hey I read Lovely Bones!! It was good :)
    Too bad none of the books listed really catch my eye :\
    I read maybe half of that Darfur post, but then I got bored. It’s long. Sorry :\

    on July 24th, 2008 at 1:37 pm
  11. Hey, I just nominated you for the Brillante Weblog Award!

    on July 24th, 2008 at 3:10 pm
  12. Here are my answers to your quiz:

    1.seven
    2.causing serious bodily or mental harm
    3. in the western part of Sudan
    4. for five years (since february 2003)
    5. silence helps the killer, never his victims
    6. Raise awareness, raise funds, write letters
    7.Protecting the people, punishing the perpetrators, promoting the peace
    8. I can raise awareness of this cause within readers of my blog by writing posts on it.
    9. Done.
    10. Yes.

    I also blogged about your giveaway here:
    http://alessandrasplace.blogspot.com/2008/07/giveaways.html

    on July 24th, 2008 at 7:10 pm
  13. Since I own all but two of those books I’m not entering the contest–but you crack me up! Hey–I really admire that you are spreading the word about what is going on in the Sudan (did I give away one of the answers??).

    on July 24th, 2008 at 7:22 pm
  14. Hey Natasha! I just received Songs of the Humpback Whale today, thank you SO much! I completely forgot that you had offered to send that to me, so it was SUCH a fun surprise to find it in the mail today! When I’m finished with it, I can send it back to you if you want to keep it, or else I can pass it along to another lucky blogger… just let me know what you’d prefer. Thanks again! :)

    on July 24th, 2008 at 8:49 pm
  15. First, thank you for your post/review of Not on Our Watch. I’m woefully uninformed about what is happening in Darfur, and I really have no excuse. I’ve been looking for the past several weeks for books that will help me understand the long history of genocide as well as what I personally can do about it. In that respect, your review is very helpful, and I will definitely be picking up Not on Our Watch soon.

    Second, I’m not entering the giveaway (I’m in the process of moving over the next couple months, and I have to cut down on the number of books I have!), but I hope you don’t mind if I post about this giveaway and your original review on my journal and direct people over here? I figure it’s a small way to help out, get people to take notice.

    on July 24th, 2008 at 9:28 pm
  16. Glad you are doing a contest to make sure people took notice of that review. It’s a great book and it’s a topic that everyone should be well versed about, but unfortunately, they are not.
    The genocide in Darfur is a horrible tragedy. I’ve been doing activist work to help raise awareness about the genocide for about three years now and it’s just completely unbelievable to me how people can simply ignore something that is going on and that is a terrible reality.
    What is even more frustrating is the fact that there is so much within history that can help us realize how we should act. We study history and we dive into books to learn about the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, the Rwandan Genocide and so forth and people then and now have said ‘Never Again’. And yet… here we are and it’s happening all over again.
    I think the most important realization is that people must make sure that they are always informed about what is happening. There is no possible way to know about everything, but I think you know what I mean. People need to make sure they are aware of their world. Because nowadays, we cannot claim ignorance about events happening way across the globe, we have the internet, television, newspaper, telephone etc etc etc! Once people take notice, one people pay attention, then they must take it upon themselves to care. When people are watching, then those who are doing wrong, cannot get away with it. They are then held accountable. When no one is watching, the bad man can go on in any manner he wishes.
    Thank you very much for your review, and for making a contribution in raising awareness about the genocide in Sudan. :)

    on July 25th, 2008 at 12:24 am
  17. [...] Books Blog has a “Yes, I Resort to Bribery” Giveaway with a large number of books to give away, deadline 31 [...]

    on July 25th, 2008 at 1:08 am
  18. [...] Watch, The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond by Don Cheadle and John Prendergast (2007). She’s giving 4 winners 2 books each mainly to help get the word out about what’s going on and what we can do. I thought, yeah, [...]

    on July 25th, 2008 at 8:01 am
  19. 1. seven
    2. killing
    3. Sudan
    4. 5 years
    5. Remember: silence helps the killer, never his victims.
    6. Raise awareness, Raise funds, Write Letters
    7. Protecting the people, Punishing the perpetrators, Promoting the peace
    8. I can link to the organization i support from my blog.
    9. Done
    10. No, but I plan to attend some and individually donate money.

    on July 25th, 2008 at 4:16 pm
  20. Hello, Here are my responses: 1.) seven, 2.) genocide-causing serious bodily or mental harm,
    3.) Sudan, 4.) 5 years, 5.) Silence, killer, victums, 6.) raise funds, 7.) punishing the perpetrators, 8.) fundraising, 9.) left post and 10.)Yes!

    on July 26th, 2008 at 12:35 am
  21. [...] Comments The on Not On Our Watch by Don Cheadle & John Prendergast, What You Can Do to Help End the Genocide in [...]

    on July 26th, 2008 at 7:19 pm
  22. [...] OK, now on to some giveaways.  First, Natasha at Maw Books is doing a very important giveaway in preparation for her possible future project to help the citizens of Darfur.  I am actually not going to be entering this one myself, simply because I’ve read almost every book she’s giving away, but it’s a good one and you all should go check it out.  [...]

    on July 27th, 2008 at 3:58 pm
  23. 1. Seven
    2. Imposing measures to prevent births
    3. Sudan
    4. 5 years! :(
    5. Remember: silence helps the killer, never his victims.
    6.
    Raise awareness
    Raise funds
    Lobby the government.
    7.
    Protecting the People
    Punishing the Perpetrators
    Promoting the Peace
    8. Writing a Letter
    9. Comment Left
    10. Yes!

    I have also added a link in the right-hand column of my blog to this contest.

    http://wtabrighterfuture.blogspot.com/

    on July 27th, 2008 at 7:13 pm
  24. 1. Seven
    2. [1] killing; [2]
    causing serious bodily or mental harm, [3]
    deliberately inflicting “conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; [4]
    imposing measures to prevent births; [5]
    forcibly transferring children from a targeted group
    3. Sudan
    4. In the Sudan – since February 2003
    5. Remember: SILENCE helps the KILLER, never his VICTIM
    6. [1] Raise Awareness; [2] Raise Funds; [3] Write Letters; [4] Call for Divestment; [5] Join an Organization; 6] Lobby the Government
    7. [1] Protecting the People; [2] Punishing the Perpetrators; [3] Promoting the Peace
    8. Join and donate to NCSU
    9. Done
    10. Yes

    on July 28th, 2008 at 8:46 am
  25. 1. seven
    2. forcibly transferring children from a targeted group
    3. Sudan
    4. Since February 2005, so for more than 5 years
    5. “Silence helps the killer, never his victims”
    6. Raise awareness, write letters, join an organization
    7. Protecting the People, Punishing the Perpetrators, Promoting the Peace
    8. I can raise awareness, telling my friends and family about it and posting on my blog and on facebook. I can send many e-mails to all my contacts, passing forwards the updates from groups I already joined. Finally, I feel I must be informed on what’s happening in Darfur even though medias don’t talk about it.
    9. Done!
    10. Full support!

    PS: Didn’t fully understand the issue with the first question, I hope I’m doing it in the correct way. ‘Bribe’ people to read your post, excellent idea! Everything’s permitted in war and love, eh? Anyway, I really like your blog… I am adding you to my blogroll!

    on July 28th, 2008 at 4:33 pm
  26. 1. Seven
    2. imposing measures to prevent births
    3. Sudan
    4. 5
    5. silence, killer, victims
    6. raise awareness, raise funds, write letters
    7. Protecting the People, Punishing the Perpetrators, Promoting the Peace
    8. I can commit to raising awareness, and I’m going to start by educating myself first. (well, I guess I’ve already started by reading the post…)
    9. I don’t really like to leave blog comments…I’m more of a lurker. BUT I definitely commit to learning more about Darfur. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. After I am more educated on this issue, I will share this information with family, friends, and classmates.
    10. Yes
    ——–
    Thank you for writing this post. I feel a lot less ignorant already. I found your blog from the Stephenie Meyer giveaway you held awhile ago, but even after it was over, I felt like coming back and reading your thoughts on some of my favorite books. I usually won’t comment, but just know you have an occasional lurker :)
    -Anjanie

    on July 28th, 2008 at 5:09 pm
  27. 1. Seven
    2.deliberately inflicting “conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part
    3.Sudan
    4. 5 years
    5.Remember: _Silence helps the _killer_, never his _victim__.
    6.raise awareness, raise funds, write letters
    7.Protecting the People,Punishing the Perpetrators,Promoting the Peace
    8. raise awareness..especially for myself, first and then with people I know. I like to be completely informed before raising an issue with friends and family
    9. will do
    10.yes

    Thanks for the review and for bringing attention to what is happening in Darfur. Like me, I am sure there are others who are not totally aware of the horrors happening to people there.

    on July 28th, 2008 at 6:53 pm
  28. Awesome that you’re getting the word out there!

    on July 29th, 2008 at 2:29 pm
  29. Okay, Natasha, here it goes:
    1. seven
    2. killing
    3. Sudan
    4. About 5 and a half years
    5. Remember: silence helps the killer, never his victims.
    6. raise awareness; raise funds; write letters.
    7. Protecting the People; Punishing the Perpetrators; Promoting the Peace.
    8. Raising awareness
    9. Comment is posted
    10. Yes

    on July 30th, 2008 at 6:18 am
  30. My answers are in. I also posted about this on one of my blogs. Click on my name and the link should take you straight to that post.

    You’re doing great work, Natasha!

    on July 30th, 2008 at 6:34 am
  31. [...] you should also stop by Natasha’s blog over at Maw Books to check out a very worthwhile giveaway, giving away 2 books each to 4 winners in attempt to raise [...]

    on July 30th, 2008 at 10:57 am
  32. Spell out the following number: 7 (this should send the comment into moderation)

    seven

    Name one of the five criteria used to define genocide.

    killing

    In which country is Darfur located?

    Sudan

    How many years has the genocide been going for?

    five

    Fill in the blank from the Ellie Wiesel quote: Remember: ______ helps the ______, never his ________.

    silence killer victims

    Name three of the six strategies for effective change?

    raise awareness, raise funds, write letters

    What are the three P’s of genocide prevention?

    protecting the people, punishing the perpetrators, protecting the peace

    What is at least one thing from the suggested ideas that you can commit to do?

    join an organization

    Leave a comment on that post stating what it is that you are committing to do.

    Am I planning a fundraising/awareness campaign on this blog come September? Yes or no.

    yes

    on July 31st, 2008 at 12:38 pm
  33. [...] slightly incorrectly. I recall reading on DevourerofBooks blog about a contest put on by Maw Books, which was basically a bribe to get her readers to read at least her book [...]

    on August 2nd, 2008 at 4:03 pm
  34. [...] would like to thank everybody who took part in my most recent giveaway in an effort to raise awareness about the current genocide in Darfur.  This giveaway was associated [...]

    on August 6th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

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