Paris, 1929: the images explode off the page. Fashion and food, cars and cigarettes, paintings and photography; Hemingway’s scowl, Kiki’s eyebrows, Dalí’s burgeoning mustaches–all these and more evoke an era when freedom was king, revolution was the normal, and experimentation (literary, artistic, social, sexual) was in the air, the blood, and…the Bones.
Which is why this year’s contest is all about the visual.
I want you to show me Paris in 1929. Show me Harris Stuyvesant searching the rues and boulevards for the missing Pip Crosby. Show me Stuyvesant’s encounters with Sylvia Beach and Man Ray, his uneasiness at some of the city’s odder inhabitants, his dread of the catacombs beneath. Show me what freedom and experimentation did to Paris, and its resident Americans, in the Twenties. Show me!
Showing is why this year’s contest is Pinterest based. Pinterest is a great way to gather together images and ideas. It’s easy to set up, simple to use, and it doesn’t cost you anything but time.
Grand Prize: an iPad mini, pre-loaded with all of my novels, including The Bones of Paris – courtesy of Bantam and Picador Books
Five runners-up: a signed hardcover of The Bones of Paris
1. Create a Pinterest board titled Laurie R. King’s The Bones of Paris, with images based on the following:
- The two posted excerpts from The Bones of Paris, here and here
- The short film “A Conversation”, here
- Any of the images that appear on my Bones of Paris Pinterest board, here
- The Paris 1929 Interactive Map, here
- Anything else that catches your imagination about the time and place
Extra points for captions that describe why you’ve used the image (ie, This hat reminds me of the one Harris Stuyvesant wears in The Bones of Paris, or Man Ray must have been working on this painting during the events of The Bones of Paris.)
To join Pinterest and get started, simply go here.
2. Email the board’s URL to me no later than midnight PST September 6, sending it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will look at all the boards, and choose the Grand Prize Winner and five runners-up by Monday, September 9. I will notify the winners before the Publication Date on September 10, and I promise to send out all prizes that first week, so your reading won’t be delayed.
3. Many apologies, but this contest is open to US participants only. My international readers should stay tuned for Alison & Busby’s promotional activities for the UK publication of The Bones of Paris, coming this fall.
I hope you have fun with this, and I am SO looking forward to the myriad of images you come up with. Let the Bones Pinning begin!