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Librarians “Read ‘n Rave” Their Favorite ALA Annual 2015 Picks!

Last Monday we rounded out a terrific ALA Annual 2015 with a standing-room only Read ‘n Rave panel (similar to BEA’s Shout ‘n Share) moderated by Booklist‘s Rebecca Vnuk. Here’s what the all-star collection development specialists found on the exhibit floor to share with you:

Seattle Public Library’s David Wright kicked it off with A BURGLAR’S GUIDE TO THE CITY by Geoff Manaugh, noting that “You don’t have to get very far in before you start casing every place you’re in.” He also mentioned GIVE US THE BALLOT by Ari Berman, saying that it’s incredibly important to the civil rights movement still occurring today.

Kansas City Public Library’s Kaite Mediatore Stover called Sally Hepworth’s THE THINGS WE KEEP, “A gut-puncher about early onset Alzheimer’s.”

Chicago Public Library’s Stephen Sposato had lots of love for many Macmillan books, starting with THE FISH LADDER by Katharine Norbury. He described it as a “very scenic” adoption story with the appeal of Cheryl Strayed’s WILD and THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE by James Rebanks. Sposato said that the BEA Buzz Book BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT by Damon Tweedy “lives up to the hype” and that it would make an excellent pair with neurosurgeon Henry Marsh’s DO NO HARM. His final recommendation was THE WAKE by Paul Kingsnorth, a postapocalyptic novel set after the Norman Invasion optioned for film by Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall).

Hillsboro Public Library’s Stephanie Chase (and several audience members) were crazy about Jenny Lawson’s FURIOUSLY HAPPY. Chase mentioned that you could get your picture taken with the giant cut-out in the Macmillan booth. She also gave two thumbs up for THE END OF ALL THINGS by John Scalzi and gave the briefest of shout outs for CARRY ON “because it’s Rainbow Rowell.”

Last but not least, King County Library System’s Alene Moroni enticed the audience with HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall after reading the tag line on the galley aloud (“For the Marshalls, laughter is the best medicine, especially when combined with alcohol, pain pills, excessive cursing, sexual escapades, actual medicine, and more alcohol.”), adding “these are MY people!”

Looking for more recommendations? Check out what Talia presented at the “Three’s Company” Book Buzz at ALA Annual!

Vacation Alert!

Friends, thank you for a GREAT ALA Annual! We’re headed back to the east coast and taking a well-deserved vacation this week.
If you’re also off for the Independence Day weekend, here are LOTS of reading recommendations courtesy of Talia’s “Three’s Company” Book Buzz:

HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall | October 20, 2015 | 9781250068828
FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson | September 22, 2015 | 9781250077004
EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford | August 18, 2015 | 9781250077172
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler | Available Now | 9781250054807
THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips | August 11, 2015 | 9781627793766
A POET OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD by Michael Golding | October 6, 2015 | 9781250071286
THE CLASP by Sloane Crosley | October 6, 2015 | 9780374124410
SAVING SOPHIE by Ronald H. Balson | September 15, 2015 | 9781250081292
THE LAST PILOT by Benjamin Johncock | July 7, 2015 | 9781250066640
JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart | September 1, 2015 | 9781250072320
THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black | September 22, 2015 | 9781250057341
THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON by Steve Hamilton | September 29, 2015 | 9781250064578
TENACITY by James Law | November 3, 2015 | 9781627794565
WILBERFORCE by H. S. Cross | September 15, 2015 | 9780374290108
SWEET CARESS by William Boyd | September 15, 2015 | 9781632863324
GOD’S KINGDOM by Howard Frank Mosher | October 6, 2015 | 9781250069481
A GOOD FAMILY by Erik Fassnacht | August 25, 2015 | 9781250059284
AN UNRESTORED WOMAN by Shobha Rao | March 15, 2016 | 9781250073822
ORPHAN X by Gregg Hurwitz | January 19, 2016 | 9781250067845
THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth | February 9, 2016 | 9781250051905

Click here to download the handout of book buzz titles.

Thanks and see y’all next week! 

ALA Annual 2015 – Monday Events

It’s the last day of ALA Annual 2015! Say hello/goodbye to us in the Macmillan (adult) booth #1009 and finish strong with today’s great events:

Auditorium Speaker Series featuring Joshua Davis with Rick Jacobs and David Thomson – From Cover to Screen – Books to Movies
8:30-10:00am
Moscone Convention Center | Esplanade 305

Joshua Davis (SPARE PARTS) will be joined by producer Rick Jacobs and esteemed film critic David Thomson to talk about the writing of the book, the creation of the movie and how movies are judged and reviewed. Attendees will also view a trailer for the film version, starring George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis and Marisa Tomei. SPARE PARTS is about four undocumented Mexican teenagers overcoming all odds to win a high-tech underwater robot competition against teams from elite universities, and has been called a “triumphant read” by the Toronto Star and “a great American story” by the Washington Post.

Booklist‘s Read ‘n Rave
9:00-10:00am
Moscone Convention Center | Room 122 (N)

Come hear six collection development specialists rave about their favorite titles gathered from the exhibit floor. This lively panel, co-organized by Booklist and the AAP, will feature librarians Stephanie Chase (Hillsboro Public Library); Naphtali Faris (Kansas City Public Library); Alene Moroni (King County Library System); Kaite Mediatore Stover (Kansas City Public Library); Stephen Sposato (Chicago Public Library); and David Wright (Seattle Public Library). Moderated by Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist‘s editor for Reference and Collection Management.

AAP/LibraryReads Mystery Authors Panel
10:30-11:30am
Moscone Convention Center | Room 122 (N)
RSVP required, space is limited

Join the AAP and LibraryReads for a Mystery Authors Panel and hear from five authors, including Allison Brennan (COMPULSION). A complimentary book signing will follow the program.

Space is still available for this event. RSVP here.

Keep up with the action on the Twitter action, hashtag #alaac15!

ALA Annual 2015 – Sunday Events

Sunday is usually a day of rest, but not at ALA Annual 2015! Come visit us in the Macmillan (adult) booth #1009 and attend all of our fabulous events today:

Literary Tastes
8:00-10:00am
Moscone Convention Center | West Exhibit Hall, 1st Floor

Listen to some of the year’s best authors, including Ashley Weaver (DEATH WEARS A MASK) discuss their works and the craft of writing at this panel sponsored by RUSA. Light refreshments will be served, followed by a book signing.

YA Author Coffee Klatch
9:00-10:00am
Marriott Marquis San Francisco | Yerba Buena Salon 07
Ticketed event, space is limited

Enjoy coffee and meet with YALSA’s award winning authors, including Stephanie Kuehn (DELICATE MONSTERS)! This informal coffee klatch will give you an opportunity to meet authors who have appeared on one of YALSA’s six annual selected lists or have received one of YALSA’s five literary awards. Librarians will sit at a table and every 3 or 4 minutes, a new author will arrive at your table to talk about their upcoming books!

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ALA Annual 2015 – Saturday Events

Hey hey, it’s another great day at ALA Annual 2015! Stop by the Macmillan (adult) booth #1009 and attend all of our fabulous events today:

The AAP’s Book-A-Licious Breakfast
8:30-10:00am
Marriott Marquis San Francisco | Golden Gate B
This event is at capacity.

Join bestselling author Brigid Schulte (OVERWHELMED: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time) for breakfast and book-talk!


In-booth signing with Catherine Linka

9:00-10:00am
Moscone Convention Center | Booth #1009

Catherine Linka will be signing complimentary copies of A GIRL UNDONE.


“Zombies, and Vampires, and Spooks – Oh My!” with Catherine Linka and Stephanie Kuehn

10:30-11:30am
Moscone Convention Center | Room 125 (N)

Sponsored by United for Libraries and moderated by Library Journal‘s Barbara Hoffert, this panel includes YA authors Catherine Linka (A GIRL UNDONE) and Stephanie Kuehn (DELICATE MONSTERS).

“Three’s Company: We’ll be Waiting For You”: The Best in Adult Books from Virginia Stanley, HarperCollins; Talia Sherer, Macmillan; and Chris Vaccari, Sterling
1:30-2:30pm
Moscone Convention Center | Book Buzz Theater (behind aisle 3900, near booth 3931)

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ALA Annual 2015 – Friday Events

Hooray, today’s the first day of ALA Annual 2015! Come to the Macmillan (adult) booth #1009 to say hello and if you’re there at 5:30pm sharp, Jane Cleland and Kelli Stanley will be signing complimentary copies of their newest books, ORNAMENTS OF DEATH and CITY OF GHOSTS, respectively.

Check back for daily digests and keep up with the action on Twitter, hashtag #alaac15!

 

See you in San Francisco!

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Our bags are packed and we’re ready to get out to the Golden State for ALA Annual 2015! Come visit us in booth #1009 and attend our great events (there’s still space for you)!

If you can’t make it, keep up with us on Twitter, hashtag #alaac15.

SEE YOU SOON!

XO,
Talia & Anne

Happy #BookBday (6/23/15 Edition)

A very happy #BookBday to three BIG summer reads out today!

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
A June 2015 LibraryReads pick, a Barnes & Noble 2015 Discover Great New Writers Pick, a July 2015 Indie Next pick, and a Maximum Shelf Awareness selection!!!
A beautifully crafted and hand-illustrated “whimsically dark debut” (Publishers Weekly) about a librarian who discovers a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted his family of traveling circus performers for generations.

DEATH AND MR. PICKWICK by Stephen Jarvis
A Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce pick, a July 2015 Indie Next pick, and a Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection! THREE starred reviews for Jarvis’s “astounding first novel” (Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review) which re-creates, in loving and exhaustive detail, the writing and publication of Charles Dickens’s first novel, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, in 1836 London. “…choice reading for fans of Michael Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White and Dan Simmons’ Drood.” — Booklist, starred review

SUMMER SECRETS by Jane Green
A Maximum Shelf Awareness selection! New York Times bestselling author Green delivers a powerful story of one woman struggling to right the wrongs of her past, with even more complications in the present. “The story line and flawed characters will give readers something to think about when they bring Green’s latest to the beach.” — Library Journal

For Your Consideration: September 2015 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the September 2015* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due July 20! Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.

BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT by Damon Tweedy
A BEA 2015 Editor’s Buzz & “Shout ‘n Share” selection!An arresting memoir that personalizes the enduring racial divide in contemporary American medicine. In this unsparingly honest chronicle, Tweedy cohesively illuminates the experiences of black doctors and black patients and reiterates the need for improved understanding of racial differences within global medical communities.” — Kirkus Reviews

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JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart
A BEA 2015 “Shout ‘n Share” selection! A stunning, lyrical debut mystery in which an exiled librarian traveling through the 18th-century Chinese/Tibetan borderlands must learn the truth about a Jesuit priest’s death before the Emperor arrives.

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FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson
A BEA 2015 “Shout ‘n Share” selection! #1 New York Times bestselling author Jenny Lawson (“The Bloggess”) examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life in the fullest in this hilarious memoir. “Kudos to Lawson for being a flagrant and witty spokesperson for this dark subject matter.” — Kirkus Reviews

Galleys are available at ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco (Macmillan Adult booth #1009).

THE KILLING LESSONS by Saul Black
A BEA 2015 “Shout ‘n Share” selection! In this extraordinary, pulse-pounding debut, Saul Black takes us deep into the mind of a psychopath, and into the troubled heart of the woman determined to stop him.

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Stars for ABOUT A GIRL!

We love Sarah McCarry for her reimagining of Greek myths into lush, hauntingly beautiful YA books, and so do reviewers. Her newest book, ABOUT A GIRL (the third and final book in the Metamorphoses trilogy based loosely on the story of Jason and the Argonauts), has two starred reviews!

No surprise—her first novel, ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS, also received two starred reviews and her second book, DIRTY WINGS, was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as a Best Teen Book of 2014!

Praise for ABOUT A GIRL:

“The stunning, densely packed story is full of as much intoxicating poetry as meticulous scientific explanations. Tally’s initial prim and rather academic narration becomes richer and more dreamlike as her story unfolds. This edgy, smart, and challenging title combines mythology, punk rock, science, a quest, feminism, art, dreams and the power of stories and storytelling with unforgettable results. The well-developed cast of characters is racially and sexually diverse. The emphasis on the importance of female relationships—as family, as lovers, and as friends—is a welcome exploration of the many levels of intimacy. A highly recommended and breathtakingly read for sophisticated readers.” — School Library Journal, starred review

“The language-whether describing sex or music or nightmares-is breathtaking. Fluid and aching, with a diverse cast and rich worldbuilding.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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