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Banned Books Week 2016

Happy Banned Books Week, lovely librarians! This is the week (Sept 25 – Oct. 1) to re-read and recommend all your favorite banned and challenged books.

This year’s theme is diversity and the lovely folks at BBW have put together a list of frequently challenged books with diverse content, as well as resources for librarians and free downloadable art to help spread the word about Banned Books Week.

The ALA also has lots of great resources on Banned Books Week, including lists of frequently challenged books, banned/challenged classics, top 10 frequently challenged books, the 100 most frequently challenged books by decade, the most frequently challenged authors of the 21st century, and MORE free downloadable materials.

Share your love of banned books all week long!

Take a selfie with your favorite banned book and tweet it out to @BannedBooksWeek with the hashtag #ireadbannedbooks. If you’re feeling inspired to read aloud, we highly recommend that you submit a banned book reading video to the Virtual Read-Out page on YouTube.

Check out BannedBooksWeek.org for more live and online events, including this free webinar on Thursday, Sept. 29 about how librarians can help support authors whose books have been banned or challenged.

Thank you for continuing the fight for our FREADOM!

Anna-Marie McLemore on sharing #allourlight

We cannot wait for the world to read Anna-Marie McLemore’s amazing second book, WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS. It’s been longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature (SQUEE!!!) and has received three outstanding starred reviews.

When Anna-Marie thought of who to dedicate her second book to, she thought not of a person but of millions of them: the LGBTQ+ community she’s been part of since she came out in her teens. In the dedication of WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, she wishes marginalized voices within her community, “every light in the sky.”

In that spirit, for the week leading up to the book’s release, Anna-Marie will be taking over @MacmillanLib to share love for her community every day with the hashtag #allourlight (all tweets signed -AMM). Here, she explains more about why:

For the LGBTQ+ community, this year has been both groundbreaking and heartbreaking. I’m a queer Latina married to a transgender guy, and this year I’ve cried with joy for our best moments, and sobbed over our most devastating. I’ve researched what states the Transboy and I can travel to in case he’s not allowed to use public restrooms. And I’ve tried to smile and pretend I have no anxiety whatsoever about releasing WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS. But being a girl of color releasing my first queer book sometimes makes me afraid. And I want to do something with that fear. I want to use it to share love that exists within and for our community.

Every weekday until release day, I’ll be sharing a different message of love for my LGBTQ+ community. Whether it’s yours too or you’re an ally, I hope you’ll join me.

Have love to send the LGBTQ+ community? Share it on Twitter with the hashtag #allourlight.

With love and gratitude from this one little Latina queer,
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Booklist’s Best Romance Books of 2016

Booklist recently unveiled their Top 10 Romance reading lists of 2016*, including these three Macmillan titles:
Top 10 Romance Fiction (full list)

BECAUSE I’M WATCHING by Christina Dodd
Dodd pivots smartly from romance to suspense in her third sexy, scary tale set in Virtue Falls, where so-called Mad Maddie isn’t actually crazy, but vet Jacob just might be.

Top 10 Romance Fiction for Youth (full list)

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
First alluded to in Rowell’s FANGIRL, this Harry Potter–like fantasy follows “chosen one” Simon Snow in his last year at magic school as he falls for his infuriating, possibly evil roommate, Baz.

SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS, edited by Stephanie Perkins
This collection of short stories of summer romance from a bevy of YA authors varies widely in genre and tone, and though some may at first sound formulaic, all pack a surprising depth. There’s not a false note among them.

Plus, Erica Lorraine Scheidt’s USES FOR BOYS was mentioned as a good example in the “Sex in YA: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why It Matters” article.
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Friday Reads: Food & Culture

TGIF, friends! Our #FridayReads picks are two unique explorations of food and culture:

SUPER SUSHI RAMEN EXPRESS: One Family’s Journey Through the Belly of Japan by Michael Booth
From the author of THE ALMOST NEARLY PERFECT PEOPLE comes a fascinating and funny culinary journey through Japan. “There’s some of both Bill Bryson and Anthony Bourdain in Booth’s cheerful, game, often irreverent, and, perhaps most importantly, hungry approach to discovering a new place. … food is really only the foreground—albeit a wildly eye-catching, engaging one—of Booth’s portrait of a place he so clearly finds splendid.” — Booklist

KNIVES & INK: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) by Isaac Fitzgerald & Wendy MacNaughton
From the authors of PEN & INK—bestselling illustrator Wendy MacNaughton and BuzzFeed books editor Isaac Fitzgerald—the stories behind the tattoos chefs proudly wear, with signature recipes. “The best entries in this collection are about tattoos that show the passion and dedication each person brings to their craft in the kitchen. Readers are sure to devour this in a single sitting.” — Publishers Weekly

Share your #FridayReads with us @MacmillanLib. Happy weekend!

C.J. Box says, “THE DRY is the debut of the year.”

“Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.”

This is the note Federal Agent Aaron Falk receives after hearing that his childhood best friend Luke has been found dead after committing a terrible crime in Jane Harper’s first mystery, THE DRY.

When Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown amid the worst drought in a century to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, a long-buried mystery from Falk’s past resurfaces and he finds that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

This phenomenal debut sold to 19 countries and Reese Witherspoon quickly snapped up the movie rights. Library Journal called THE DRY one of their “Summer Promise — Debut Novels” picks, and it’s received THREE starred reviews in addition to high praise from bestselling authors:

“A stunner… It’s a small-town, big-secrets page-turner with a shocker of an ending… Recommend this one to fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais, who mix elements of ‘bromance’ into their hard-boiled tales.”
Booklist, starred review

“From the ominous opening paragraphs, all the more chilling for their matter-of-factness, Harper, a journalist who writes for Melbourne’s Herald Sun, spins a suspenseful tale of sound and fury as riveting as it is horrific.”
Publishers Weekly, boxed & starred review

“A chilling story set under a blistering sun, this fine debut will keep readers on edge and awake long past bedtime.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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More praise for THE DRY:

“It’s extremely rare and exciting to read a debut that enthralls from the very first page and then absolutely sticks the landing. Told with heart and guts and an authentic sense of place that simply cannot be faked, THE DRY is the debut of the year.” — #1 New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box

“One of the most stunning debuts I’ve ever read. I could feel the searing heat of the Australia setting. Every word is near perfect. The story builds like a wave seeking the purchase of earth before it crashes down and wipes out everything you might have thought about this enthralling tale. Read it!” — #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci

“With THE DRY, Jane Harper immediately takes her place among the elites in the mystery world. If this book doesn’t garner an Edgar (Best First Novel) or two (Best Novel), there is no justice. Terrific characters, unique and evocative setting, knockout plot construction. This book has it all.” — New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart readmoreremove

Sign Up Now: “Crime Fiction to Quicken the Blood” Booklist Webinar

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Just in time for Halloween, tune in to Booklist‘s “Crime Fiction to Quicken the Blood” webinar on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 1pm Central.

Anne “sweet teeth [from too much Halloween candy]” Spieth will be sharing the best new mysteries from Macmillan that will have you reading late into the night (and possibly keeping the lights on after you finish!).

Click here to RSVP. See you there—it’s going to be killer!

Thriller Thursday (9/22/16 Edition)

Agatha Raisin and D.C. Superintendent Konrad Simonsen are back for more adventures and Sharon Bolton’s latest LibraryReads pick will keep you guessing until the very end:

DAISY IN CHAINS by Sharon Bolton
A September 2016 LibraryReads pick! A criminal defense attorney with a reputation for getting the wrongly convicted exonerated is drawn into the machinations of a serial killer who claims innocence. “No detail should be missed, no nuance overlooked in Bolton’s chilling tale of a master manipulator who leaves nothing to chance.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

PUSHING UP DAISIES by M.C. Beaton
Don’t miss Agatha Raisin’s adventures on the small screen!Agatha Raisin is in top form in bestseller Beaton’s 27th mystery featuring the exasperating, vulnerable, endearing owner of a thriving private detective agency in the Cotswolds village of Carsley. Agatha may be disappointed in love once again, but a twisty plot, a familiar cast of eccentric characters, and a charming English country setting mean that lovers of cozy mysteries will be satisfied indeed.” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove

Happy (Belated) #BookBday (9/21/16 Edition)

Happy belated #BookBday to:

CANNIBALS IN LOVE by Mike Roberts
“Roberts’ enthusiastic collection of linked stories follows Mike, whose muddled postcollege aspirations lead him to situations that test his manhood, artistic goals, and sense of place in the adult world. Unapologetically political and full of youthful whimsy, Roberts’ debut captures one man’s reluctant search for stability.” — Booklist

THE BESTSELLER CODE: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel by Jodie Archer & Matthew L. Jockers
One of Wall Street Journal‘s Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016! What if there were an algorithm that could reveal a secret DNA of bestsellers, regardless of their genre? Archer and Jockers have cracked the code, bringing fresh new insights into how fiction works and why we read.

Spring 2017 Catalogs Now Available Online!

Fall means it’s the season of pumpkin spice everything, but we’ve already sprung forward to bring you Macmillan’s Spring 2017 catalogs on Edelweiss!

Take your time to peruse all of the excellent new Macmillan books coming out early next year. As always, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have questions.

Click here for the full list of Macmillan Spring 2017 catalogs.

2017 Carnegie Medals Longlist

carnegie-medalsWe’re thrilled to have 7 nominees on the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist!

Fiction
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C.E. Morgan
THE LAST PAINTING OF SARA DE VOS by Dominic Smith
THE GOOD LIEUTENANT by Whitney Terrell

Nonfiction
MAD ENCHANTMENT: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
CITY OF THORNS: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence
OF ARMS AND ARTISTS: The American Revolution through Painters’ Eyes by Paul Staiti
THE HOUR OF LAND: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams

The shortlist will be announced on October 26 and the 2017 Carnegie Medal winners will be announced on Sunday, January 22 at the RUSA Book and Media Awards at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta. Congratulations to the nominees! 

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