Canadian publisher McClelland & Stewart launch innovative online contest using geocaching to attract new book readers



    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - On October 3rd McClelland & Stewart launched an
innovative online promotional contest using geocaching for fall title The
Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys.
    The notion of leaving caches of clues in a geographic space isn't new.
It's as old as treasures and treasure maps and as fresh as geocaching, a
modern hobby that involves using popular GPS devices to locate hidden trinkets
stashed in woods and streams all over the world. It is new to the publishing
world and M&S is blazing a trail that will take readers into the online world.
    "We knew that if this unique book was going to catch the attention of the
young web reader, then we would need something more innovative and exciting
than we ever considered or even imagined before. Something as daring and as
original as the book itself," said Susan Renouf, VP, Associate Publisher,
Non-fiction and Chief Operating Officer at M&S.
    The result is Quest for the Ice Fox, a contest that uses Facebook and
Google MyMaps in a fully virtual geo-caching game that draws players into the
great city of London, where the The Frozen Thames stories unfold.
    The Frozen Thames is a series of stories about life in historical London
and the river Thames that ebbs, flows and freezes throughout its history. The
Quest for the Ice Fox contest intends to pull readers virtually down to the
river and into that tarnished, talented knot of humanity.
    The natural vehicle for that journey was Google MyMaps. This amazing tool
allows you to not only explore streets, buildings and geographical features
the world over, but also to annotate them. You can, in effect, leave behind
info breadcrumbs for others to discover. You can pin notes to the geographic
fabric of a virtual world, which is how all the clues in the Ice Fox Quest are
delivered. You will need access to Google MyMaps to make the journey and solve
its riddles.
    The clues for The Quest for the Ice Fox contest will be delivered in the
Ice Fox group in Facebook.com. The first clue will be released on Monday,
October 15 with a total of eight clues over an 8-week period. Each week at
approximately 5:00 am EST on Mondays, registrants will receive a clue that
they need to discover the ultimate resting place of the ice fox. Players
tackle each of the clues as they're revealed in a special Google Map, discover
the final destination of the ice fox to keep it safe from its pursuers, and
then enter our contest. If you are the first to enter with the correct
location of the fox, you could win a $2,000 travel voucher.
    Contest info and details found at www.QuestForTheIceFox.com





For further information:

For further information: McClelland & Stewart, Ashley Dunn, (416)
598-1114/238, adunn@mcclelland.com

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