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John Green & NYT love THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST!

Oh boy, do we have a super #FridayReads pick today: THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST by Daniel Torday.

The New York Times and some author named John Green (!) love Torday’s novel about a young man recounting the idolization of his Uncle Poxl, a Jewish, former-RAF pilot.

“It’s Mr. Torday’s ability to shift gears between sweeping historical vistas and more intimate family dramas, and between old-school theatrics and more contemporary meditations on the nature of storytelling that announces his emergence as a writer deserving of attention.” — Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

And although it won’t be out until March 15, THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST will shine brightly on the cover of the New York Times Book Review! Here’s a sneak peek at what they’ve got to say:

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2014 LA Times Book Prize nominees

The Los Angeles Times announced their 2014 Book Prize nominees yesterday and we’ve got ten terrific nominees from Macmillan:

Current Interest
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande
DEEP DOWN DARK by Hector Tobar

Fiction
THE EMERALD LIGHT IN THE AIR by Donald Antrim

The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
WOLF IN WHITE VAN by John Darnielle

Graphic Novel/Comics
CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? by Roz Chast

History
THE VICTORIAN CITY by Judith Flanders

Poetry
BLOOD LYRICS by Katie Ford
CITIZEN by Claudia Rankine

Science & Technology
MISSING MICROBES by Martin J. Blaser, MD
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert

Winners will be announced at a ceremony during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 18. For more information about the award and the full list of nominees click here.

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Thriller Thursday (3/5/15 Edition)

Stuck at home on a snow day (or wishing you were)? Macmillan’s got the mysteries to give you more chills than that foot of powder outside!

THE EDGE OF DREAMS by Rhys Bowen
A near-fatal train accident leaves Molly Murphy sleuthing from the sidelines while her police captain husband has been receiving cryptic notes after each death in a string of murders. “The extremely tricky plot of Bowen’s 14th Molly Murphy mystery will keep even veteran whodunit readers guessing.” — Publishers Weekly

FIREBREAK by Tricia Fields
In the dry landscape of West Texas a massive wildfire provides the perfect opportunity for someone to get away with murder. “Tony Hillerman Prize-winner Fields’s fourth Josie Gray mystery is as crisp as brush ready to catch fire.”
Publishers Weekly

THE HIDDEN MAN by Robin Blake (2 starred reviews!)
“Set in 1742, British author Blake’s superior third whodunit featuring Dr. Luke Fidelis and coroner Titus Cragg centers on an impossible crime. The sleuths are an entertaining duo, and Blake again couples skillful plotting with authentic period details.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
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2014 Lambda Award Finalists

The 27th annual Lambda Literary Award finalists were announced today and we have eight terrific nominees from Macmillan!

Gay General Fiction
BITTER EDEN by Tatamkhulu Afrika

Gay Memoir/Biography
INSIDE A PEARL: My Years in Paris by Edmund White

Lesbian General Fiction
NEW YORK 1, TEL AVIV 0 by Shelly Oria

Lesbian Mystery
THE OLD DEEP AND DARK: A Jane Lawless Mystery by Ellen Hart

LGBT Graphic Novels
SECOND AVENUE CAPER: When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague by Joyce Brabner and Mark Zingarelli

LGBT SF/F/Horror
AFTERPARTY by Daryl Gregory
CHILD OF A HIDDEN SEA by A.M. Dellamonica
FULL FATHOM FIVE by Max Gladstone

Winners will be announced on June 1 in New York City. Click here to see the full list of nominees.

Macmillan Library @ TxLA 2015 (booth 1359)

YEEHAW! We can’t wait to spend springtime with you in Austin at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in just a few short weeks! Peruse the program early, then join us in the exhibit hall at booth #1438 for some great galley giveaways and also at the events below (all are free unless otherwise noted):
Opening Author Session

Wednesday, April 15th
12:00 noon-1:50pm
Hilton Hotel, 500 East 4th Street | Room TBD
Tickets required*

New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo (AFTER THE STORM) and other authors provide literary flair and flavor as they share some of their writing experiences and read from their books.

*Luncheon tickets are $43 and must be purchased by Friday, April 3, through pre-registration.

State Treasures: Texan Authors

Wednesday, April 15th
2:00-3:50pm
Austin Convention Center | Room TBD

Join this lively panel discussion on all matters Texan! Chris Tomlinson (TOMLINSON HILL: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name – One White, One Black) and other Texas authors regale with the two-stepping, tale-wrangling narratives that capture the Lone Star spirit.

Texas Tea: Meet and Greet Over 50 YA Authors

Wednesday, April 15th
4:00-5:20pm
Hilton Hotel, 500 East 4th Street | Room TBD
Tickets required*

Join us for the fourth annual Texas Tea, the premier event for YA literature enthusiasts, featuring several authors including C.C. Hunter (Shadow Falls series and UNSPOKEN: Shadow Falls After Dark). Librarians stay put as authors move from table to table sharing stories over tea and pastries.

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Happy #BookBday (3/3/14 Edition)

Cupcakes for everyone! It’s time for another #BookBday! Today we celebrate:

GWENDOLEN by Diana Souhami
The titular heroine of George Eliot’s DANIEL DERONDA takes center stage in Souhami’s first novel. “Even George Eliot purists will find something satisfying in the imagining of a much improved future for one of literature’s most troubled heroines.” — Booklist

MEETING THE ENGLISH by Kate Clanchy
This sharply witty social comedy about an orphan Scot who moves to England to care for a formerly famous playwright was short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award. “In this trenchant debut novel, poet and memoirist Clanchy reveals her humor, humanity, and striking facility with language amid potentially tragic events.” — Publishers Weekly
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Fabulous FIND ME!

The praise for Laura van den Berg’s FIND ME is an embarrassment of riches—we simply HAVE to share it with you:

Pleasingly strange… impressively original… [van den Berg’s] dark sensibilities call to mind the great Joy Williams, a master at portraying life on the margins… FIND ME has a funny way of resonating beyond its pages.” The New York Times Book Review

“This is a thoughtful, touching story about survival—about finding ways to heal and reasons to live.”
People Magazine, Best New Books section (Feb. 23 issue)

“[FIND ME] powerfully conveys the fact that there are some things in life you don’t want to forget. ‘Some people stay with you in ways you don’t expect, and you try to shake them out, shake them away, but memory won’t let you,’ says Joy. The same could be said of van den Berg, whose debut novel lingers and aches in the memory.” The Guardian

“In FIND ME, van den Berg depicts a life slowly coming into focus—it’s blurry and impressionistic at times, sometimes deliriously scattered. But out of the fog of memory and the haze of drugs emerges a sense of clarity that’s deep and moving and real.” The Boston Globe

“You’ll be blown away by this quiet, affecting novel… Van den Berg’s prose is sparse and vivid all at once. Some of her lines are so arresting that I wanted to underline them, mark up the margins with stars or exclamation points.”Bustle, “A Drop-Everything-And-Read-Now Book”

“Laura van den Berg adds a fresh voice to the burgeoning genre of post-apocalyptic-plague fiction… Van den Berg’s careful, poetic prose will make you think hard about the damage we do to each other and to our world, and how we may be able to go about healing it.” — BuzzFeed

Interviews with Laura van den Berg on NPR Weekend Edition and Salon.

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Friday Reads: Flatiron Books

TGIF! Our #FridayReads picks are two new titles from Flatiron Books:

IRRITABLE HEARTS by Mac McClelland
This fearless memoir by an award-winning journalist exploring her struggle with PTSD, its troubled history and treatment, and the ways she pushed herself beyond trauma to fall in love, is receiving terrific press from the New York Times Book Review, Elle Magazine, The Millions, and more.

“What makes IRRITABLE HEARTS powerful and useful, though, is the idea of living in brokenness and imperfection, rather than dashing yourself against them.” — The Washington Post

A KIM JONG-IL PRODUCTION: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power by Paul Fischer
“Fischer recounts with vim and precision the astounding details of [actress Choi Eun-ee and director Shin Sang-Ok’s] kidnappings, long solitary incarcerations, surprise reunion, perpetual surveillance, and coercion into making films that did, indeed, win prestigious awards, until their audacious escape. Gripping and revelatory, Fischer’s true-life thriller provides a portal into the mad tyranny of North Korea.”
Booklist, starred review
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Four Stars for EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES!

If you’ve been lucky enough to meet her, you know why we looooove Lisa Scottoline. She’s HILARIOUS, yet incredibly down-to-earth, and super talented writer. Just how talented?

Her latest standalone novel, EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES has FOUR STARRED rave pre-publication reviews!

In a nail-biting stand-alone with two heart-pounding climaxes and several pulse-racing twists, Scottoline grabs her readers by the jugular and won’t let go. Readers who crave an action-packed psychological thriller should add it to their wish lists.”
Library Journal, starred review

“Bestseller Scottoline casts an unflinching eye on the damaged world of sociopaths in this exciting page-turner. Once the red herrings are dispatched, the identity of the culprit who plots his downfall is a genuine surprise.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

A proficient, mounting-stakes actioner that proves Scottoline is just as comfortable with a shrink determined to go to the wall for a troubled teen as she ever was with Bennie Rosato’s all-female law practice.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Occasional chapters from the killer’s viewpoint seem to lead the reader toward an obvious conclusion, but Scottoline has plenty of tricks up her sleeve. EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES is a standalone, but it won’t disappoint fans of her popular Rosato & Associates series and may well attract new readers.”
Booklist, starred review

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Thriller Thursday (2/26/15 Edition)

We’ve got a LibraryReads pick and two psychological thrillers this #ThrillerThursday:

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A February 2015 LibraryReads pick! “Social historian Flanders makes her fiction debut with an amusing mystery set in the eccentric world of British book publishing… The array of delightful and believable characters, as well as a neat turn at the end, will leave readers well satisfied and anticipating the next installment.”
Publishers Weekly

THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND by Colette McBeth
From the author of PRECIOUS THING (a March 2014 LibraryReads pick), comes another “…multifaceted portrayal of obsession, loyalty, and control. Melody’s reawakening and Eve’s regrets and triumphs will hook readers quickly, especially fans of female-centered psychological suspense novels like those by S. J. Watson, Lisa Unger, and Samantha Hayes.” – Booklist readmoreremove

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