"Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?"- Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

The ‘chic vintage affair’ with which I envisioned conducting the drawing just wouldn’t cut it for the outpouring of entries that came in, so I had to resort to a slightly more no-nonsense chapeau in straw and black velvet. (But it is rather more Anne-ish than a feathered and frilled number, wouldn’t you agree?) I just have to say that I was completely overwhelmed and delighted with your response to the very first giveaway drawing here at Lanier’s Books. You were all so generous with your words and your recommendations that I feel like we have a wealth of richness right here in the comments section. So many of my beloved friends were mentioned that I quit trying to jump in and comment myself for fear of cluttering things up with my rhapsodies–but what joy it gave me to see all the shared loves and connections occurring among you! And so many new titles and authors to meet! Thank you for joining in with such enthusiasm. I wish I had the words at my command to let you all know just how encouraging your friendly participation has been to me and how much I cherish your kindness. And I wish I was able to give a book to every single one of you! But without further ado, allow me introduce to you our winner:

Judi Hayes, who offered us Louisa May Alcott’s An Old-Fashioned Girl

(Judi, if you will send me your address via my secure contact form or via email to laniersbooks AT gmail DOT com, I will package your book and drop it in the mail post-haste.)

Thank you, again, dear friends, for entering into the spirit of things! This has been so much fun that I promise it will be the first of many drawings and giveaways here at Lanier’s Books. πŸ™‚ Be sure and take a look at all the favorite book recommendations if you haven’t had a chance…

(And have a peek in the Bookshop tomorrow to see some new titles on the shelves…)