The Book of Unknown Americans

My friend and fellow cardmaker, Cristina Kowalczyk, has some exciting news. She’s also an author (she writes under her maiden name – Cristina Henriquez), and her novel, The Book of Unknown Americans, comes out TODAY! To celebrate, I, along with a few other crafty friends, are helping her spread the word about her book.

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Ben Fountain said it was “a triumph of storytelling,” Heidi Julavits called it “extraordinary,” and Amazon editor Chris Schluep chose it as his “must read for summer,” saying, “This novel snuck up on me. It’s moving and beautifully written, never overwrought, and I read it virtually in one sitting. It’s compelling, tragic, sometimes funny, uplifting and heart-wrenching. I can’t stop thinking about these people.”

Cristina is giving away 5 signed, first-edition copies of The Book of Unknown Americans. And because this is all about spreading the word, there are four ways to enter.

  1. Tweet about The Book of Unknown Americans (#UnknownAmericans)
  2. Write a Facebook post telling your friends about the book
  3. Pin the cover of the book on Pinterest
  4. Or simply leave a comment on Cristina’s blog

If you do all four of those, that’s four entries! (On Cristina’s blog, submit one comment per entry. For example: “I tweeted!” “I put it on FB!” “I pinned it!” etc.)

From all the comments on her blog, Cristina will choose 5 people to win a copy of the novel. Plus, one lucky person will win the grand prize, a signed book plus a giant stash of craft supplies – stamps, dies, inks, you name it!

For more info about the book and other ways that you can show your support, head over to Cristina’s blog.
Cristina and I met when we were in Gallery Idol 2011 together. How time flies! Well, let me rephrase that. Cristina went on to win the contest and I was out in the first or second round(my humble reality). She has always been my card crush, and now she’s my book crush. I was so lucky to have dinner with her a few months ago. What an amazing night in downtown Chicago at the most delicious pizza joint I’ve ever been to. This girl is city savvy, too. Let me tell you, she knows the streets of Chicago like the back of her hand. She is as kind and wonderful as she is talented. I’m so proud of her and so lucky to call her friend. Congratulations, my dear friend, Cristina♥
A few of us are spreading the news:
Julie Ebersole
Virginia Lu
Maile Belles
Debby Hughes
Wida Miller
Jennifer McGuire



16 thoughts on “The Book of Unknown Americans

  1. Hi Laura,
    It was great to see you over the weekend at SSS Create. I came into the store just as you were taking a bite of a giant chocolate muffin! YUM! I would love an autographed copy of Christina’s book!

  2. How sweet of you to spread the word about Cristina’s book! You’re a great friend, Laura!
    Love the photo of you girls together…looks like you had a blast, too!

  3. Friends supporting friends…how fortunate we are to live in an age where instant communication can make this happen and how lovely to have such good friendships.

  4. I’m always looking for great reads, and I’ve read many great reviews of this book. So I hope to win it. I write reviews of all the books I read and post them to various sites on the Internet. Speaking of which, I can’t post to the three other places you mention because I’m at work now where they’re blocked. I can post to Facebook when I get home.

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