First off I have to say congratulations to the winner, Esi Edugyan for Half Blood Blues (though I haven't read it yet I've heard amazing things about it!) And a congratulations to the publisher as well, Thomas Allen! Can't wait to pick this book up.
There were some great prizes being given away, including a Kobo ereader every half hour and some great raffle prizes! They also had some volunteers selling all the short-listed books there (wish I had brought cash with me to pick up some of those...).
At the end of the night, the organizers of the party were giving out some great swag bags for everyone who came to the party! I love the bag, on the other side is a nice little pocket (fits a book perfectly!)
I had to start digging through my bag immediately to see what goodies were in there!
Some nice new books, a couple of magazines (Walrus and Chatelaine... I LOVE Chatelaine magazine), and some nice treats... including a Ring Pop :). It was a great night to catch up with old friends and meet some new people.
Can't wait for next year!!