A Chopsticks Novel Giveaway

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for your participation!

Readers, you’re in for a treat today—I have a new giveaway to share with prizes for three lucky readers. Chopsticks is an innovative new novel created by Rodrigo Corral and Jessica Anthony, that incorporates a physical book, an iPhone/iPad app and a website.

Chopsticks was born out of the desire to tell a story with multiple medias, without losing the fundamental truths which make reading fiction an emotional human experience.

The novel’s digital format will still allow you to encounter the lives of Frank and Glory, the characters that fill the pages, but the additional videos, songs and digital links will create a new novel experience.

Chopsticks is a novel, an app, a website. It is a collage of original drawings, objects, text, sounds, and video. It is a love story. It is a mystery. Read it. View it. Experience it.

The Fine Print: We have three copies of the book to give away to DWL readers in the US only. Simply leave a comment on this post between now and Friday at midnight EST. Only one entry per person please. Good luck!

Here are a few spreads:

Also check out the book trailer:

And a demo of the app:

About the authors

Rodrigo Corral runs Rodrigo Corral Studio and is the creative director at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He has designed covers for the Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz and the bestselling author Chuck Palahniuk among many others. He also designed the New York Times bestselling books Decoded by Jay-Z, Classy by Derek Blasberg, and Influence by Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and lectured around the country. Through it all, he remains deeply committed to transcending the visual possibilities in art, in culture, and throughout the universe.

Jessica Anthony’s debut novel, The Convalescent (McSweeney’s/Grove 2009), was an ALA Adult Notable Book, a B&N “Discover Great New Writers” selection, an Editor’s Choice in the San Francisco Chronicle, and has been taught in several universities across the country. Her short fiction can be found in Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney’s, New American Writing and elsewhere. She was raised amidst the farms and bowling alleys of Upstate New York, and currently teaches at Bates College and Southern New Hampshire University.

Update: Unfortunately I failed to mention earlier that the contest is only open to readers in the US. Apologies for that oversight!


  1. Phalen Elonich says:

    Chopsticks sounds like a truly unique novel experience. I'm crossing my fingers! Thanks for the giveaway offer.
  2. Heather Dumford says:

    I've seen this at Barnes and Noble and the graphics looks interesting. Would love to experience the interactive version!
  3. Manuela Cunha Soares says:

    I'm a Brazilian reader and I really want this book! :D
  4. Sam Stone says:

    Looks lovely.
  5. Laurien Van den Hof says:

    It would be lovely to read this book on the train to work or on a cosy night on the sofa. I really hope I'm the lucky one! Kind regards
  6. Amber C. says:

    This concept is so innovative. I'd love to get the book in my hands, just to study how the publishing industry is being pushed.
  7. Erica says:

    Love Rodrigo Corral's work, he is one of the best book designers of our time!
  8. Joshua Boyd says:

    This looks like a great idea.
  9. Heather B. says:

    Love the idea of this novel! Such a unique concept. Can't wait to get my hands on it!
  10. @TrishWard says:

    I'm a Rodrigo Corral fan and would LOVE to have this cross-media novel. He was a great guest lecture at AIGA's SC chapter in Charleston: funny, knowledgeable, and so humble!
  11. Emily Weigel says:

    I've been a fan of Rodrigo Corral's work for a while and can't wait to see how the book, website and app all work together!
  12. Katie says:

    Beautiful design, great idea.
  13. J.D. says:

    I'd read it.
  14. Kelly says:

    How cool is this!?!?
  15. Meg S says:

    What a cool concept!
  16. Athena Roth says:

    Wow! Looks really great! Thanks for the chance! Athena
  17. Lauren says:

    Love the title fonts! This book looks amazing and incredibly interesting.
  18. Benjamin Chan says:

    looks awesome!
  19. Allison says:

    This book looks so unique. I love Rodrigo Corral's book design. Hand drawn type rocks!!!!!!
  20. John M says:

    This is a beautiful, clever and innovative way to offer a book in the print and digital realms. Hopefully this creativity will be rewarded with a big audience. Would be great to see more like it in the future. Thanks for showcasing a very cool idea brought to life!
  21. Colleen says:

    C'mon now, Toronto has been used as a film/movie stand-in for many US cities... that's gotta count for this, right? No? (sigh).
  22. Savannah says:

    Now this looks like a neat way to change how we curl up with books.
  23. Stacey Sandahl says:

    neato mosquito... i can has? ;)
  24. Jen Baumgardner says:

    I would love to win, looks like just my cup of tea!
  25. kate says:

    I've loved interactive books ever since I read Griffin & Sabine years ago, can't wait to have a look at this!
  26. Lauren Eff says:

    Crossing my fingers!
  27. Alaina B says:

    As an avid reader, a book cover blogger and iPad user, I would love to have a copy of this book to get lost in. Beautiful work by Rodrigo Corral as usual!
  28. Kristin says:

    It's great to see a designer and author intermingle the traditional with the "new". Print still has its place in the world and this is just one glorious (and sensitive) example of how a multi-platformed piece can heighten the audience experience like never before.
  29. Rita K says:

    Haven't read a good book in a while... :)
  30. Laura says:

    This book is beautiful!
  31. Emma Louise says:

    looks great! thanks for offering!
  32. Vang T says:

    This looks like a wonderful experience novel. Would be such a pleasure to read. Reminds me of a rich relationship. All the aspects of sense and life. !!! :)
  33. sassy jackie says:

    oow, pick me! this looks so beautiful, i would love to lose myself in the reading!
  34. Francis Matia says:

    this is awesome! this would be such a cool book for my book club!!!!
  35. Lindy says:

    This looks like a spectacular work. I am so curious to see it in it's entirety!
  36. @designcontest says:

    This book is tempting me. I would read it even if I will not win!
  37. Sandy says:

    Would love to check out CHOPSTICKS! It sounds VERY intriguing! thanks for offering the giveaway.
  38. Katie Benjamin says:

    This looks beautiful. I'd love to have a copy.
  39. Mary says:

    What a unique concept!
  40. Molly says:

    Looks like a great book to show my teens at the library! (even better for a Summer Reading Prize!)
  41. ashley beresch says:

    so in love with and intrigued by experimental & mixed media books. this would be an absolutely lovely addition to our bookshelf.
  42. jeff says:

    i have no idea what this is about but the book looks cool. so, i'm in.
  43. August says:

    What a great idea. Love the concept and the effort to push storytelling in new directions!
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