2015 in review

Hello lovely readers,

2015 was a great year for Literally, Katrina – thank you so much for reading my posts and listening to my podcast!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog – check it out!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 940 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 16 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Looking forward to 2016. Happy New Year, friends!

Katrina

Episode 5: The power of storytelling

Wonder Horse by Anita Daher, out now.

Hello listeners,

Episode 5 is here! In today’s episode, I chat with lovely Winnipeg author and actor Anita Daher about her book Wonder Horse, out this past spring (it’s precious).

I also give a reader’s confession – have you ever stayed up all night to finish a book? I certainly have! But I’ll admit, it doesn’t happen often anymore – who has time to pull an all-nighter just to finish a book? A lot of us don’t have the luxury of time, and sleep is in high demand…but sometimes, a book is just so good that it warrants a late-night reading marathon. Just wait until you hear my confession!

Lastly, I tease you with an upcoming contest, coming your way just in time for the holidays (hard to imagine, considering we don’t have any snow – no complaining here!). Stay tuned for instructions on how to enter and what’s in store.

Thanks so much for taking a listen. Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes or the Apple podcast app, give the Literally, Katrina Facebook page a like, follow me on Twitter @LitKatrina, and don’t forget to share this episode with your friends! The more booklovers I get to talk to, the better!

Episode 6 will be up in two weeks. Until then, happy reading!
-Katrina

Enter to Win!

Hay's 9th book, His Whole Life, is out now!

Hey readers!

We’re a week into the Literally, Katrina book give-away contest and this is a reminder to get your entries in to win!

I’m giving away a copy of Giller Prize-winning author Elizabeth Hay’s new novel His Whole Life, a story that stares down tough questions with wit and grace. The winner will be announced on Episode 3 of the podcast, which will be released one week from today, on October 12th!

Here’s how to enter – it’s super easy! All you have to do is share Episode 2 on Twitter or Facebook (or both for two entries and double the chance to win!).

Make sure to listen to Episode 3 on October 12th to find out if you’ve won. Good luck!

Happy reading,
Katrina

Book giveaway coming your way!

Hello readers,

With a new podcast episode on its way (Monday!), I want to let you in a little not-so-secret-secret – to celebrate the launch of the Literally, Katrina podcast, I’m giving away a book! Exciting!

Hay's 9th book, His Whole Life, is out now!
Hay’s 9th book, His Whole Life, is out now!

As a thank you to all of you for listening to Episode 1 and subscribing to the podcast, I will be giving away a copy of His Whole Life, by Giller Prize-winning author Elizabeth Hay.

Hay was in Winnipeg this week promoting His Whole Life at Thin Air, the Winnipeg International Writer’s Festival, which wraps up tonight with After Words at 8pm at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain (CCFM). For instructions on how to enter to win His Whole Life, be sure to check out Episode 2 on Monday, September 28th.

Speaking of the podcast, I’ve got great news – you can now subscribe to Literally, Katrina on iTunes and on the Apple Podcast App! Subscribing to the podcast ensures that you get access to new episodes as soon as they’re up – worth it! I’m also happy to announce that I have a brand-new Pinterest board up and running, dedicated purely to books. I’m a literary pinning machine, so get excited for some excellent Harry Potter pins (I’m a little obsessed!).

Until Monday, happy reading!
Katrina

Episode 1: The Winnipeg International Writer’s Festival

Hello readers and listeners!

I am so excited to release the very first episode in the Literally, Katrina podcast series!

In today’s episode, I chat with Charlene Diehl, Director of the Winnipeg International Writer’s Festival – Thin Air 2015 – as well as Méira Cook, one of Winnipeg’s own authors who will be speaking at multiple events during the festival to promote her new novel Nightwatching and poetry book Monologue Dogs. Thin Air is launching this Friday, September 18th – exciting things will be happening!

For more info on the festival (schedule, events, authors, etc.,), make sure to check out the Thin Air website – I’ll also be doing some blogging on the site leading up to and during the festival, so definitely head over there and take a peek!

Be sure to subscribe to the Literally, Katrina blog for updates and podcast episodes! You can also find the podcast on iTunes (coming soon!). Follow me on Twitter @LitKatrina and like the Literally, Katrina page on Facebook for more bookish fun. Thanks for listening!

Happy reading,
Katrina