All Hail the Noble Pumpkin

You could win this very book. Yes, you.

There’s still time to enter our In Search of the Perfect Pumpkin giveaway. Tweet us @FulcrumBookstag Fulcrum Publishing on Facebook, or reply to this entry with your favorite ways to enjoy a pumpkin to enter for a chance to win a copy of In Search of the Perfect Pumpkin by Gloria Evangelista.

Giveaway ends on October 31, so there’s plenty of time to find the perfect pumpkin!

As part of all things pumpkin, this fabulous pumpkin fry bread recipe from The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook by Richard Hetzler is a great way to use to leftover pumpkin pie puree:

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon corn or canola oil, plus more for deep-frying
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
¼ cup finely diced uncooked butternut squash

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir with a whisk to blend. In a small saucepan, heat the milk over the low heat until warm. Stir in the 1 teaspoon oil. Gradually stir the milk mixture into the dry ingredients to make a thick dough. Stir in the pumpkin puree and butternut squash until combined.

On a floured board, divide the dough into 6 pieces. Form each into a ball. Cover the dough balls with a damp towel and let rest for 15 to 20 minutes. Roll out each ball into a disk about ¼ inch thick. Using a sharp knife, cut an X in the center of each dough disk.

In a Dutch oven or deep fryer, heat 3 inches oil to 350°F on a deep–fat thermometer. Fry the dough one piece at a time until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Using tongs, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Keep warm in a low oven while frying the remaining disks. Dust the hot fry bread with confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon or serve with warm maple syrup.

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Giveaway Winner

TricksterCongratulations to Laith Preston, the winner of our Banned Books Week giveaway! Laith is the lucky lucky winner of one copy of Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection.

 

Thanks to everyone who entered. Don’t forget, there’s still time to enter to win our Perfect Pumpkin giveaway.

Pumpkin Fest at the Denver Botanic Gardens

On Saturday, October 8, and Sunday, October 9, the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield are hosting Pumpkin Fest.

Pumpkin, I choose you!

Pumpkin. Fest. Let’s break this down, shall we?

Pumpkin:

If you’re autumn-obsessed, like me, pumpkins are kind of a big deal. They appear every fall, stuffed with beta-carotene and ripe with possibilities: pie, jack-o’-lantern, pumpkin seed depository. I love pumpkins so much, that on the first day of fall, I pay homage to their king by watching The Nightmare Before Christmas.

All hail the Pumpkin King. Photo Credit: Warner Brothers

Fest:

A shindig. A hootenanny. A party. From the Latin festivus, which basically means “Party on, Romans!” (Disclaimer: this blogger was a terrible Latin student).

Pumpkin Fest clearly = pumpkin shindig.

And more. The Botanic Gardens are offering pony rides; face-painting; amusement rides; an activity tent with arts and crafts, pumpkin bowling, and monster hand building; a barrel train; and, best of all, a tour of fairyland guided by the Harvest Faerie.

There’s also a corn “maize” next door. Who doesn’t love a corn maze?

Actual photo of Fulcrum blogger lost in a corn maze. Hint: all paths lead to Pumpkin Fest.

We thought that our readers would be just as excited about this sweet opportunity as we are. So, we’re giving away a free book.

Win this book.

Tweet us @FulcrumBooks, tag Fulcrum Publishing on Facebook, or reply to this entry with photos of you, our dear readers, with pumpkins to enter for a chance to win a copy of In Search of the Perfect Pumpkin by Gloria Evangelista. Pumpkin carving, pumpkin eating, pumpkin throwing—we don’t really care as long as we see your lovely faces with a pumpkin.

Giveaway ends on October 25, so there’s plenty of time to find the perfect pumpkin!

Win a Copy of Serengeti on Goodreads and LibraryThing!

For our readers on Goodreads and LibraryThing, we’re offering two giveaways for Serengeti: The Eternal Beginning.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Serengeti by Boyd Norton

Serengeti

by Boyd Norton

Giveaway ends October 5, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

LibraryThing members can enter to win here.

Kenya Believe It? We’re Giving Books Away!

Readers, there’s something you must know.

Don't be fooled by his scowl. Don is on the edge of his seat. He's giddy with anticipation. He can't help it that his face always looks like that. Photo Credit: AMC

You still have time to enter our Serengeti giveaway. This beautifully bound book could be yours:

Free book = victory

We’re absolutely mad (see what I did there?) about this book over here at Fulcrum. Not a day goes by without one of us cracking it open and ogling the glossy photos, and we’re so excited to share this book with our blog readers. Throwing your hat into this drawing is as easy as entering your e-mail and clicking “Sign me up!” in that e-mail subscription box in the upper right corner. And then you’ll have a chance to own a book that contains this:

This photo of a giraffe could be your new best friend.

And this:

I know. It’s just too good to pass up. What’s that you say? Is there any way you can increase your chances of winning this gorgeous photo book?

Why yes indeed.

That's more like it. Photo Credit: AMC

To enter additional times, you can blog, tweet, or update your status on Facebook with a link over to the giveaway or “like” Fulcrum Publishing on FacebookJust be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry and leave the link to each one. (You can tag @FulcrumBooks on Twitter and @FulcrumPublishing on Facebook.) Overall, that’s FIVE ways to win!

The giveaway ends on September 1, so enter now.

Enter to Win Our Serengeti Giveaway!

Dear readers, I’d like to invite you to take a journey with me. A journey to Serengeti.

I know what you’re thinking. It’s a recession, airfare is expensive, plus there’s all the added costs of a Serengeti vacation: food, lodging, one of those sweet multi-pocketed safari vests, a pith helmet, jodhpurs, and a copy of Hemingway’s short stories to get in the mood.

But what if I were to tell you that you could save the expense and take this journey from the comfort of your favorite reading chair?

See, even King Joffrey is intrigued by our offer. So intrigued, that he is pausing in his tyrannical reign of the seven kingdoms to enter this here blog contest. Photo Credit: HBO

That’s no balderdash. I’m completely serious. All you have to do is enter our Serengeti: The Eternal Beginning giveaway. This beautiful, transportive book retails for $35, but you can get a copy for the price of free.

This could be yours.

To enter to win a free copy, all you have to do is sign up for an e-mail subscription to our blog. So easy!

To enter additional times, you can blog, tweet, or update your status on Facebook with a link over to the giveaway or “like” Fulcrum Publishing on FacebookJust be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry and leave the link to each one. (You can tag @FulcrumBooks on Twitter and @FulcrumPublishing on Facebook.) Overall, that’s an incredible FIVE ways to win! The contest ends on September 1st.

Serengeti Giveaway

Click here for a sneak peek inside our upcoming fall 2012 title, Serengeti: The Eternal Beginning

This month, we’re giving away a beautiful copy of our new book Serengeti: The Eternal Beginning. Full of lush photographs of the landscape, wildlife, and people of the Serengeti Plain, this is a book that our staff has been drooling over since it arrived. To enter to win a free copy, all you have to do is sign up for an email subscription to our blog.

To enter additional times, you can blog, tweet, or update your status on Facebook with a link over to the giveaway or “like” Fulcrum Publishing on FacebookJust be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry and leave the link to each one. (You can tag @FulcrumBooks on Twitter and @FulcrumPublishing on Facebook.) Overall, that’s FIVE ways to win! The giveaway ends on September 1st.

Serengeti: the Eternal Beginning from Boyd Norton on Vimeo.

Free What? Picture Book Giveaway

Free book! If I had a nickel for every time I hear someone say, “Well in this economy…,” I’d be rich. But instead of nickels, I have a free copy of Thomas Locker and Joseph  Bruchac’s Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder. And it needs a new home!

Leave a Comment on our earlier blog post, and you’ll automatically be entered to win.

Children’s Book Giveaway

Nature has a stilling effect on us all from time to time, but don’t you ever envy the child fascinated by the bugs crawling in his front yard or enthralled by the rush of a river after it rains? For anyone trying to convince their children that a day outside trumps a month of one’s favorite video games, or for those who simply want to encourage a sense of wonder and appreciation for nature, Fulcrum wants to help.

In the Comments, post your favorite memory of the outdoors by Friday, July 29, and we will enter you in a drawing to win a hardcover copy of  Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder. This biography provides children with a moving example of an influential individual—one who spent her life reveling in and trying to protect the beauty of natureWinner will be announced Tuesday, August 2.

If you’re anxious to win, we’re also providing 3 more book giveaways! GoodReads members can enter to win a copy of John Muir: America’s Naturalist

LibraryThing members can enter for a chance to win a copy of Walking with Henry: The Life and Works of Henry David Thoreau

and all you Twitter members can Tweet @Fulcrum  and be entered for a free copy of Hudson: The Story of a River

Good Luck Everyone!

Twitter Giveaway

We’re offering a giveaway on Twitter this week on behalf of our younger fans! All you have to do is tweet @Fulcrum by Friday, July 15,  and we will enter you in a drawing for a free hardcover copy of Hudson: The Story of a River.

Winner will be announced Wednesday, July 20. Good luck!