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Sneak Peek: Oct. 2014 Indie Next list

The October 2014 Indie Next list was recently announced and it includes some of our favorite Macmillan titles!

LILA by Marilynne Robinson
Pulitzer Prize-winning author “Robinson has created a tour de force” (Booklist, starred review) with the final volume in her Gilead trilogy. It’s been nominated for the 2014 National Book Award in fiction, has two starred reviews, and is one of Kirkus Reviews‘ Most Anticipated Fall Novels!

WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle
Another 2014 National Book Award fiction nominee is indie rocker John Darnielle’s debut novel WOLF IN WHITE VAN, in which a disfigured teen gamer is pulled back through time as he tries to help others. “Beautifully written psychological fiction for sophisticated readers, with not much else like it out there.”
Library Journal

2014 National Book Award nominees

High Five!

‘Scuse us while we celebrate: we’ve got TEN nominees on the 2014 National Book Awards longlist!

Longlist for Fiction
WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
LILA by Marilynne Robinson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Longlist for Nonfiction
NO GOOD MEN AMONG THE LIVING: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt)
AGE OF AMBITION: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in New China by Evan Osnos (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Longlist for Poetry
FAITHFUL AND VIRTUOUS NIGHT by Louise Glück (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
SECOND CHILDHOOD by Fanny Howe (Graywolf Press)
THIS BLUE by Maureen N. McLane (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press)
THE ROAD TO EMMAUS by Spencer Reese (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Thriller Thursday (9/18/14 Edition)

What else do these mysteries have in common besides starting with the letter “B”? “M” for MURDER!

This “surprisingly well-written and solid thriller” (Library Journal, starred review) novelization of the hit television show Broadchurch follows Detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller as they search for a young boy’s killer in a quiet British seaside town.
(We can’t wait for the U.S. version, Gracepoint!)

In the latest Agatha Raisin, a local amateur theatre company is in the spotlight after one of the actors is murdered during a performance. “Agatha’s 25th is another rollicking mixture of clever mystery-making and love gone wrong.”
Kirkus Reviews


It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, trapping 33 miners underground for a record-breaking 69 days. In DEEP DOWN DARK, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Héctor Tobar shares the untold stories of the miners through exclusive interviews.

DEEP DOWN DARK is landing on Fall reading lists, from Publishers Weekly to USA Today to CNN (“50 things you can’t miss this fall”) and already has two starred reviews:

Tobar spins a gripping narrative, taut to the point of explosion, of the 2010 story that made international headlines for weeks. An electrifying, empathetic work of journalism that makes a four-year-old story feel fresh.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Tobar…compassionately recounts the miners’ personal histories, experiences during the 17 days they were without outside contact, extended rescue, and the drama above ground with the families… Rich in local color, this is a sensitive, suspenseful rendering of a legendary story.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“…a gripping account… Tobar details the harrowing rescue and the emotional and spiritual resolve the men drew on as they struggled to survive in what they thought would be their coffin.” — Booklist

Lots more media is ahead, including interviews on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and the New Yorker and reviews in USA Today, Harper’s Magazine, and Christian Science Monitor

Plus, Macmillan Audio has created a tie-in website with several clips from the audiobook that create a timeline of those harrowing days.


Happy Belated #BookBday to WOLF IN WHITE VAN

Today we’d like to wish a belated #BookBday to WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle, who also happens to be the front man of the indie band The Mountain Goats.

In this literary debut, teenager Sean Phillips is isolated by a horrific injury that left him disfigured. He seeks solace in creating new worlds and his latest creation, “Trace Italian”—a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail—lands two other teenagers in trouble. In an attempt to fix things, Sean is pulled back through time, tracing back toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live.

It’s an October 2014 Indie Next selection, was named one of “Three Big Novels of the Month” by GQ Magazine (September issue), and Darnielle was interviewed by the New York Times Book Review, and NPR’s “Weekend Edition” AND “Fresh Air.” Plus, there are all those glowing reviews:

“WOLF is about the way storytelling can deliver you, though not always save you, from the blistering, profound pain of adolescence–or just existence. In Darnielle’s novel, as in his songs, the monstrously true and unbelievably beautiful press up against one another. Together, they begin to dance.”NPR

“WOLF IN WHITE VAN explains its whole premise in the first few pages—and then spends the rest of the book retelling it again and again, moving the reader toward one particular moment, one particular scene, that changed protagonist Sean Phillips’ life. The result is a journey of always knowing and always discovering—a tricky proposition for any writer, an incredible feat for a debut novelist.” The AV Club, “A” review


COMPLICIT is a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults & Quick Picks nominee!

We’re thrilled that one of our favorite YA novels of the year—Stephanie Kuehn’s COMPLICIT—has been officially nominated for YALSA’s 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults AND Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers consideration!

YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee presents fiction titles published for young adults in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18. View the full list of nominees here.

The Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list identifies titles aimed at encouraging reading among teens who dislike to read for whatever reason. The list selects both fiction and nonfiction. View the full list of nominees here.

Teen Talk Tuesday (9/16/14 Edition)

Calling all YA & Teen librarians!

St. Martin’s Griffin has a new batch of teen fiction – JUST FOR YOU!

And don’t forget to join us and @earlyword later today at 5pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat, hashtag #ewyagc.

PARTY GAMES by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)
The first new Fear Street book in nearly 20 years! Rachel Martin is thrilled to be invited to Brendan Fear’s birthday party on Fear Island, but it’s not all fun and games when party guests start dropping dead. “Stine again demonstrates that he is a true master of the formula.” — Booklist

SWAY by Kat Spears
In this “compelling debut told with swagger and real depth” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) by librarian Spears, a young man who avoids emotional connection at all costs is forced to open his heart when he meets the girl of his dreams. “Engrossing… Sharp dialogue, edgy humor, and an unlikely hero make this page-turner a winner.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review


For those of you who like your history and politics on the meaty side, the wait is nearly over for Francis Fukuyama’s POLITICAL ORDER AND POLITICAL DECAY: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy.

In this second volume (after THE ORIGINS OF POLITICAL ORDER), Fukuyama examines how societies and their political institutions have developed, from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring up to the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics.


POLITICAL ORDER AND POLITICAL DECAY made the cover of this past weekend’s New York Times Book Review, and has received FOUR outstanding starred reviews:

“Fukuyama’s erudition is complemented by lucid, graceful prose and an inveterate even-handedness that fairly assesses liberal, conservative, and Marxist traditions; giving material influences their due without lapsing into economic reductionism and treating politics and governance as an autonomous realm with its own ideological and institutional dynamics. His superb synthesis of political science and history will be useful to experts as well as students and laypeople.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review


Macmillan Publishers Broadens E-lending Pilot Program to Library Consortia

Fantastic news! We are pleased to announce that Macmillan has expanded its eBook lending pilot program to include library consortia, effective immediately!

The pilot program has been in place since March 2013 and recently expanded to include all frontlist Macmillan eBooks. Macmillan has approximately 15,000 books available in the library e-lending program from bestselling authors such as Stephen Covey, Lisa Scottoline, Bill O’Reilly, Janet Evanovich, Louise Penny, Jeffrey Archer, Tatiana de Rosnay, Rainbow Rowell and more. New books will be added weekly as they go on sale in the retail market.

Macmillan titles will be offered to libraries under the 2 year/52 lend model currently in place and are available through multiple distributors.

Stars for MANDELA: My Prisoner, My Friend

This Friday, we’re reading Christo Brand’s riveting biography: MANDELA: My Prisoner, My Friend.

Afrikaner Brand was a prison guard in the maximum security facility on remote Robben Island, given charge of the country’s most infamous inmate: Nelson Mandela. Over 12 years, Brand became Mandela’s confidant and accomplice, celebrating his prisoner’s triumphs and suffering through his setbacks, forming a bond that would endure throughout Mandela’s life.

Praise is glowing, starting with two starred reviews:

“[Brand] paints a vivid picture of prison life in South Africa at the time, with its racial discrimination—no bread was given to black prisoners—and the guards’ own isolation from news of the outside world. The central focus of this extraordinary book, however, is a remarkable friendship that bridged age, race, and politics, as Mandela went from prisoner to secret negotiator, and eventually became a revered president.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review & 8/25/14 Pick of the Week

“[Brand] quotes Mandela’s LONG WALK TO FREEDOM that the most important person in any prisoner’s life is not the minister of justice or the prison superintendent but the warder in the prisoner’s section, and many readers of that iconic autobiography will want this for the in-depth perspective and intimate honesty of another insider’s view, then and now.” Booklist, starred review

“This is really a tale of two men and their shared humanity in an inhuman place. A worthy addition to the canon of Mandela literature that details a relationship that many knew about but few truly understood.” — Kirkus Reviews

Expect more major media coverage, including Vanity Fair Hot Type (December issue) closer to publication.