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One (Not Even Remotely Incestuous) Author Trading Card

Audrey Niffenegger's favorite movie is Eraserhead. Her favorite time of year is October. Her favorite color is "the color of old paper."

Can you possibly doubt that this woman wrote a book titled The Three Incestuous Sisters that has been called the love child of Edward Gorey and Charlotte Bronte?

How Gorey and Bronte could have conceived anything together, what with her being dead long before he was — let alone the implausibility of the two conceiving a book instead of a human being — well, I leave that for you to contemplate.

For a limited time, receive a full set — sixteen cards in all — of Powell's Author Trading Cards with the purchase of any featured title! The debut series includes rookies and veterans alike, packed with stats, bios, and career highlights. Order The Three Incestuous Sisters and be the first on your block to own this collectible set.


The Dirtiest Author Trading Card Yet

Did you know that Christopher Moore's middle name is Kelly, Boom Boom? That his special power is being able to detect silliness at great distances? Or that when he grew up he wanted to be a sailor? You would if you had this most dirty and deathly author trading card.

For a limited time, receive a full set — sixteen cards in all — of Powell's Author Trading Cards with the purchase of any featured title! The debut series includes rookies and veterans alike, packed with stats, bios, and career highlights. Purchase a copy of A Dirty Job and find out why the secret to Moore's success is "no fear of the goofy."


A Divine Author Trading Card

Rick Moody is divine.

And we managed to spell Rick Moody's name right on his card.

Here are some fun facts about Rick Moody:

Favorite song?
"Hard Time Killing Floor Blues" by Skip James.

Special power?
Can usually tell the time of day within ten minutes just by thinking about it. I wear no wristwatch.

That's all you get! Want more? Purchase The Diviners, get the Rick Moody trading card, and read the rest of the answers on the back. We're giving you a taste here, not the entire meal.

For a limited time, receive a full set — sixteen cards in all — of Powell's Author Trading Cards with the purchase of any featured title! The debut series includes rookies and veterans alike, packed with stats, bios, and career highlights. Order The Diviners and be the first on your block to own this collectible set!

(Well, by now it's probably more like the second or third on your block — but you can be the first in your household! Maybe...)


The Tender Author Trading Card

My favorite 18th century drinking song goes like this:

Drink up, me hearties
Yo ho
Yo ho
Drink up, me hearties
And don't forget your Powell's Author Trading Cards!

It's an obscure drinking song, but one that seems to perfectly capture the flavor of today's Author Trading Card featuring J. M.* Moehringer: smooth, goes down easy, no bitter aftertaste. Perfect with either a fine, aged Brie or just a charbroiled burger.

Kind of like The Tender Bar, a memoir that Entertainment Weekly called "outstanding." They gave it an A-. Maybe the minus was because the book didn't come with a free pint of Guinness. But now it comes with a set of Author Trading Cards, so I'll bet that A- gets bumped to an A+infinity.

For a limited time, receive a full set — sixteen cards in all — of Powell's Author Trading Cards with the purchase of any featured title! The debut series includes rookies and veterans alike, packed with stats, bios, and career highlights. Order The Tender Bar and be the first on your block to own this collectible set!

(* - Please note: While the author's name is ...


Author Trading Card of a Witch

Gregory Maguire's favorite movie is The Wizard of Oz. Now, who couldn't see that coming?

With his novels Wicked and, most recently, Son of a Witch, Maguire has spun his own unique variations on the Oz story into bestselling success (and a Tony-winning hit musical).

Gregory MaguireBut here's the real question: which character does Maguire resemble more — the Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, or Oz himself?

I'm not one to make up your mind for you, but as I stare at Maguire's Author Trading Card in deep contemplation, it's slowly dawning on me that, in some weird, possibly screwed-up, mildly disturbing yet utterly compelling way, Maguire looks like all four in one!

For a limited time, receive a full set — sixteen cards in all — of Powell's Author Trading Cards with the purchase of any featured title! The debut series includes rookies and veterans alike, packed with stats, bios, and career highlights. Order Son of a Witch and be the first on your block to own this collectible set!


Laila Lalami and Other Dangerous Author Trading Cards

Laila Lalami is a fun name to say.

Over and over again.

At a very loud volume.

Laila Lalami

We wholeheartedly recommend reading Laila Lalami's Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits and collecting her Author Trading Card.

We do not recommend making up songs with lyrics that rhyme with "Laila Lalami" and then singing the song at top volume while your co-workers throw things at you. It's just not a good idea.

For a limited time, receive a full set — sixteen cards in all — of Powell's Author Trading Cards with the purchase of any featured title! The debut series includes rookies and veterans alike, packed with stats, bios, and career highlights. Order Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits and be the first on your block to own this collectible set!


The Author Trading Card of Your Dreams

Robert Jordan is a dark master.

Look at him. That Gandalf-like beard suggests an intimate familiarity with powers beyond imagining. And what's lurking behind those dark glasses? Eyes scorched by hellfire, perhaps, or seared with forbidden knowledge we humans can barely perceive.

Robert Jordan

If you had a sword, and Robert Jordan had a sword, and you were both standing an equal distance apart, and someone yelled, "Go!" — you'd try to lift your sword and realize Robert Jordan had already chopped your arms off. And you didn't even see him move.

Robert Jordan has written eleven books in his Wheel of Time series — of which Knife of Dreams is the latest — and he shows no signs of stopping, and he hasn't even broken a sweat.

Robert Jordan could kick your dragon, make fun of your elfin mother, and push your sister into the mud, and there isn't a damn thing you can do about it.

Buy the book. Get the card. Study it. Pray that one day you're as bad as Robert Jordan... even though you never, ever will be.

For a limited time, receive a full

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A Most Unfortunate Author Trading Card

Why, oh why, would anyone want to darken their door with an exclusive Powells.com Author Trading Card of Daniel Handler? There are so many other wonderful trading cards — doesn't Aimee Bender look lovely and bemused? And John Berendt, there's a dapper fellow with a bright, sophisticated, take-charge manner.

Daniel HandlerSurely either of these cards (not to mention the cheerfully poetic, poetically cheerful Billy Collins and the wistful Kaye Gibbons) will be more suitable than the grim visage of the unspeakable Daniel Handler, whose demonic gaze bores into your heart, threatening to crush it in a vice-like grip unless you buy his novel, Adverbs.

(I am quite certain Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) never tires of people recycling this gag.)

For a limited time, receive a full set — sixteen cards in all — of Powell's Author Trading Cards with the purchase of any featured title! The debut series includes rookies and veterans alike, packed with stats, bios, and career highlights. Order Adverbs and be the first on your block to own this collectible set! (And if you have an ounce of decency, you'll ...


The Trading Card All Around Ellen Foster

Okay, so our Author Trading Cards don't have monsters and special powers and cartoon spin-offs like, say, Yu-Gi-Oh! cards do.

Kaye GibbonsBut do they have Kaye Gibbons, author of The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster, describing how she left the stage of a college address to vomit? I don't think so!

For a limited time, receive a full set — sixteen cards in all — of Powell's Author Trading Cards with the purchase of any featured title! The debut series includes rookies and veterans alike, packed with stats, bios, and career highlights. Order The Life All Around Me by Ellen Foster and be the first on your block to own this collectible set!


The Trouble with Author Trading Cards

So, you think your Barry Bonds rookie card is worth a mint? Well, was Barry Bonds ever a Poet Laureate? Billy Collins sure was!

Billy CollinsAnd Billy Collins doesn't juice up with a steroid cocktail before he blasts a home run over the fence... and even if he does, at least a couple of investigative reporters haven't written a bestselling book exposing his drugged-up loser self to the world.

And if Barry Bonds wrote a book called The Trouble with Poetry, it would consist of only one page and the complete text would be: "I don't get why some poems rhyme and other ones don't." Whereas Billy Collins wrote a book called The Trouble with Poetry that has 88 pages — and Barry Bonds can't understand a word of it.

So whose trading card is really worth a mint?

For a limited time, receive a full set — sixteen cards in all — of Powell's Author Trading Cards with the purchase of any featured title! The debut series includes rookies and veterans alike, packed with stats, bios, and career highlights. Order The Trouble with Poetry and be ...


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