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Celebrate Penguin’s 75th Anniversary!

July 30th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Can you believe Penguin is 75 years old?  It was in 1935 that founder Allen Lane published Penguin’s first paperback in England.  By 1936 there were over 100 titles and now there are over 4000 titles.  Learn more at the Penguin time line page. Here are some highlights of how Penguin is celebrating:

A bright-orange Penguin Mobile (an adorable mini-cooper with the Penguin logo) is driving to bookstores all over the US to bring some of our bestselling authors to parties in their hometowns, increase awareness of The Nature Conservancy, and promote literacy.  At each event, a set of 75 Penguin Books is donated to a local library or literacy group. Each author is signing the Penguin-mobile as it makes its way across the United States, and the summer’s events will culminate with a party at the New York Public Library in September where Penguin will auction the car with the proceeds going to the New York Public Library.  Penguin is also donating sets of books to numerous U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Penguin’s founder Allen Lane started the paperback revolution with that little flippant but dignified Penguin (his secretary came up with the name and he sent another colleague off to the zoo to make sketches).   One year later, 3 million Penguin paperbacks had been sold.  Today, the Penguin imprint alone has over 4000 books in print.  To learn more about our history, see here and here.

Penguin 75th Anniversary Giveaway

To help celebrate this milestone Penguin has given me te opportunity to giveaway one of their books. You can choose between Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin or Into the Woods by Tana French.


Description from Penguin’s site: Anyone who despairs of the individual’s power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan’s treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five schools—especially for girls—that offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth. As it chronicles Mortenson’s quest, which has brought him into conflict with both enraged Islamists and uncomprehending Americans, Three Cups of Tea combines adventure with a celebration of the humanitarian spirit.


Description from Penguin’s site: As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

The Rules:

  • Open to US  residents only.
  • Leave a comment here to enter with the title of the book you would like (Into The Woods or Three Cups of Tea) and your contact info

Extra entry for:

  • Post about the giveaway on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. and leave the link in a separate comment for 1 extra entry(max 3 extra entries)
  • Subscribe my blog for 1 extra entry and leave a comment here that you did so.

The Winner:

  • I will use a random number generator to choose the winner
  • Ends August 15

Posted in Books, Giveaways

39 Responses

  1. DarcyO

    I want to read both of these, but for now I’d choose Into The Woods. Penguin has so many great titles. Thanks for the chance!

  2. elizabeth

    I would want to read In The Woods. They both sound good though.

  3. debp

    I would like to read into the woods, it sounds really good.
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  4. Victoria Zumbrum

    I am a follower. I would love to win 3 cups of tea. [email protected]

  5. Alyce

    I’m going to enter for In the Woods, even though I think it will probably scare me silly.

    akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

  6. Francine Anchondo

    I want to read Into The Woods.


  7. Lisa A.

    I’d love to read Into the Woods!

  8. Lisa A.

    I’m an email subscriber!

  9. Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}

    I would love to read Into The Woods :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  10. Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}

    Shared the giveaway on Facebook

  11. Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}

    Tweeted the giveaway

  12. Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}

    Subscribed to Debbie’s World of Books in reader

  13. drey

    Please enter me for Three Cups of Tea! Thanks, Debbie!

    dreyshouse at gmail dot com

  14. DaydreamerN

    I love penguin!! the are the ones that print the Enola Holmes books!!!

  15. bridget3420

    I would like to win Three Cups of Tea

  16. bridget3420

    Email subscriber

  17. Stephanie

    I would like In The Woods by Tana French

  18. Sharon Walling

    I would love to win Three Cups of Tea.

    Thanks for the chance.

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  19. Sharon Walling

    I’m a follower via GFC

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  20. Christine W

    I would like to have the book In The Woods.

    Thank you,

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  21. Christine W

    I tweeted about this giveaway

    Thank you,

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  22. Christine W

    I posted about this giveaway on Facebook!/womackcm?v=wall&story_fbid=149906765022880

    Thank you,

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  23. Christine W

    I stumbled about this giveaway

    Thank you,

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  24. Christine W

    I am a subscriber to your blog.

    Thank you,

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  25. Mona Garg

    I would like to win Into the Woods.

  26. Mona Garg

    I follow via email

  27. Julie H

    I would love to win Into the Woods! Thanks so much.

  28. Julie H

    I subscribe via google reader! Thanks again.

  29. Christy

    Both books I am interested in, but I have wanted to read In the Woods for a while, so I’m entering for that one. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  30. Christy

    Also, I subscribe to your feed using Google Reader.

  31. Joanna C.

    Three Cups of Tea

  32. Brooke

    I’d love Into the Woods, it sounds really good. Thank you!

    [email protected]

  33. Brooke

    I’m a blog subscriber.

  34. Julie

    I would like to win Into the Woods

  35. Julie

    I posted about this giveaway on my livehournal here:

    I would like to win Into the Woods

  36. Tomi

    I would love to win Three Cups of Tea.

  37. Anita Yancey

    I would love to win Into the Woods. Thanks for this chance.

  38. Anita Yancey

    I subscribe by email.

  39. Nancy Taylor

    In the Woods.

    ntaylor228 at yahoo dot com

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