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Anne’s Maternity Leave

Anne_36weeksDid you know Anne is growing a little reader?!

Baby “Peanut” is due in just one short week on November 6 and Anne is working until she pops (not literally, we hope)!

While she’s out on maternity leave for 12 long, sleep-deprived weeks, Talia “boss lady” Sherer is your go-to gal for all your library marketing needs.

But don’t worry, we’ll make sure to share cute pictures of the little guy once he’s here.

Please be good to Talia!!!

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Griffin Teen’s Got Issues

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Our pals at Griffin Teen have created a gorgeous flyer featuring 19 award-winning titles dealing with everything from bullying, mental illness, relationships, and violence from authors including Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Kuehn, and Courtney Summers.

It’s too good not to share with you! Here’s a link to download the PDF (prints on 11×18 tabloid size paper).

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Shadow Falls After Dark

We love Texas-based teen author C.C. Hunter! She’s the gal responsible for the New York Times bestselling Shadow Falls series and its spin-off, Shadow Falls After Dark starring vampire Della Tsang.

In ETERNAL (the second book in the Shadow Falls After Dark series after REBORN) Vampire Della is trying to prove herself as a paranormal investigator while being torn between her feelings for a powerful vampire and a sexy shapeshifter. Can she? Readers will have to wait to find out until next July and the publication of UNSPOKEN—the third and FINAL book in the series.

“This is great for readers wanting to return to Shadow Falls….” — Kirkus Reviews

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Fall Into a Good Mystery Webinar titles

Just in time for Halloween, Talia “the terror” Sherer shared her favorite forthcoming mysteries at Booklist‘s “Fall Into a Good Mystery” collection development webinar:

THE WHITES by Harry Brandt
ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer
THE PATRIOT THREAT by Steve Berry
FEAR THE DARKNESS by Becky Masterman
THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND by Colette McBeth
THE FRIENDSHIP OF CRIMINALS by Robert Glinski
FIVE by Ursula Archer
THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan
THE REVENANT by Michael Punke
A PLEASURE AND A CALLING by Phil Hogan
AMONG THIEVES by John Clarkson
THE FIGARO MURDERS by Laura Lebow
A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Judith Flanders

If you missed it, here’s a link to view the archived webinar, as well as the slides to the full presentation, which includes information about getting whitelisted on Edelweiss.

Library Journal Best of 2014

Library Journal is first out of the gate with their “Best of 2014” list, and it includes LOTS of Macmillan books:

Top Ten
NO PLACE TO HIDE by Glenn Greenwald
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert

More of the Best
FIVES AND TWENTY-FIVES by Michael Pitre

SF/Fantasy
THE GOBLIN EMPEROR by Katherine Addison
AREA X (ANNIHILATION, AUTHORITY, ACCEPTANCE) by Jeff VanderMeer

Mystery
THE GHOST RUNNER by Bilal Parker
MURDER IN THE AFTERNOON by Frances Brody

Historical Fiction
BITTER GREENS by Kate Forsyth

Thrillers
TRUTH BE TOLD by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Women’s Fiction
LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

Cookbooks
THE CUBAN TABLE: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History by Ana Sofia Pelaez

Poetry
THIS BLUE by Maureen N. McLane
CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
CARIBOU by Charles Wright

Religion & Spirituality
AN AMERICAN CARDINAL: The Biography of Cardinal Timothy Dolan by Christina Boyle

Graphic Novels
CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT by Roz Chast

Memoir
THE GREAT FLOODGATES OF THE WONDERWORLD by Justin Hocking
BULLETPROOF VEST: The Ballad of an Outlaw and His Daughter by Maria Venegas

Science
INFINITESIMAL: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World by Amir Alexander
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert

 

BEST CAT #BOOKBDAY EVER!

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MEOW!! A super special #BookBday to THE BEST CAT BOOK EVER: Super-Amazing, 100% Awesome by Kate Funk!

We looooove AC cat and all the crazy get-ups his food slave/owner Kate Funk puts him in and photographs for our enjoyment.
(* If you were at ALA Annual, you saw AC as Bob Ross everywhere!)

Talia+ACgift-editAnne even surprised Talia with a specially commissioned AC Astronaut photo for Macmillan Library’s 10th Anniversary back in August.

Need a little more AC love? You’re welcome.

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History of Empire

Happy Monday, friends! We’ve got three new titles to share with you today, all of which shed light on three very different and fascinating empires:

BERLIN: Portrait of a City Through the Centuries by Rory MacLean
Told through the biographies of 23 Berliners who conceived and created the new capital of Europe over five centuries, BERLIN is immersive history that’s receiving outstanding reviews, including this one from Publishers Weekly: “MacLean brings this ‘city of fragments and ghosts,’ with its fractured and volatile past, to life.”

CAPTIVE PARADISE: A History of Hawaii by James L. Haley
In the tradition of Nathaniel Philbrick and David McCullough comes the first full-scale narrative history of Hawaii, an epic tale of empire, industry, war, and culture. “Brimming with phrases in the Hawaiian language, this meticulously researched account contains everything from local folklore to biographies of pre-statehood rulers. Haley’s latest work is essential for readers interested in American history or politics.” — Library Journal
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Picador dominates the NYTBR!

We can’t help but #humblebrag about all the amazing Picador books reviewed in yesterday’s (October 26) New York Times Book Review:

THE KILLS by Richard House
The patience required to get through [THE KILLS’ 1,000 pages] is made easy by House’s insistent and electric prose style, which imbues long passages about corporate machinations with bristling suspense. Taken together, the four books of THE KILLS depict a searing landscape in which identities are lost and then stolen, and morally bankrupt institutions are aided in their corruption by the abject refusal of certain individuals to face the truth. This is not an international thriller so much as a fiercely literate attempt to subvert the thriller genre itself.” — Christopher Rice

THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS by Keith Donohue (an October 2014 LibraryReads pick!)
Ingenious… Donohue unspools his simple story patiently, delivering jolts when necessary, but mostly concentrating on the stress generated in a family with an unhappy child. It’s a modest novel, elegantly worked, with a nice chilly twist at the end.” — Terrence Rafferty
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Friday Reads: BY THE BOOK giveaway

Every Sunday, readers of The New York Times Book Review turn with anticipation to the last page to see who will be the subject of the popular By the Book feature.

Edited by Pamela Paul, BY THE BOOK: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review contains full uncut interviews with 65 of the world’s leading writers, including David Sedaris, Hilary Mantel, Michael Chabon, Khaled Hosseini, Anne Lamott, and James Patterson, on their work habits, reading preferences, inspirations, pet peeves, and recommendations.

It’s a Library Journal Fall Editors’ pick, a November Indie Next selection, and now one of 10 copies of BY THE BOOK can be yours!

Our friends at Henry Holt created this nifty BY THE BOOK quiz. Simply fill out your answers and email them to Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: BY THE BOOK) by Friday, Nov. 14. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Check out the fine print* after the break.

Praise for BY THE BOOK:

“At times delightful and always entertaining, this book can be taken in large gulps, or small sips. Reading it will surely result in a monstrous and fascinating reading list.” — Library Journal, starred review

“The popular ‘By the Book’ column in the New York Times Book Review was Paul’s idea before she took the NYTBR editorial helm, and now that she’s gathered 65 of these irresistible interviews together in a book, they’ve gained magnetism and synergy. This is a book lover’s guilty pleasure, in which bookish fun is matched by substantial discussion, including those with E. L. Doctorow and Chang-rae Lee.” — Booklist

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Thriller Thursday (10/23/14 Edition)

Today’s #ThrillerThursday picks will also tickle your funny bone:

SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY by Darynda Jones
Hot on the heels of the May LibraryReads pick SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE comes the next installment of Darynda Jones’ laugh-out-loud bestselling paranormal series. This time PI/Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is battling demons who have escaped to Earth AND searching for her father, who’s vanished during an investigation. Plus trouble is coming right at her hot fiancé.

THE NIGHTINGALE BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Donna Andrews
In the 18th(!) Meg Langslow mystery, Meg’s Mother ropes her into volunteering at a big Christmas-themed decorator show house. When an unfortunate designer turns up dead and Mother is the prime suspect, it’s up to Meg to catch the real killer. “The small town of Caerphilly, VA, and its inhabitants provide a charming backdrop for this Christmas cozy.” — Library Journal
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