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For Your Consideration: July 2015 LibraryReads Titles

July15LRcollageDownload, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the July 2015* LibraryReads list!

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

SIGNAL by Patrick Lee
“Two books into this series, and it’s clear that Lee has hit the jackpot. Expect the horde of out-of-breath readers gasping to keep up with Lee’s breakneck pace to keep growing exponentially with each new appearance of Sam Dryden.”
Booklist, starred review

“Lee’s thriller featuring a loner hero compares to Lee Child’s ‘Jack Reacher’ series but with the added kick of technology. Readers will wait with bated breath for the next Dryden adventure.” Library Journal, starred review

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“Although he’s placed kids in danger in other books, this could be the most effective of his thrillers since his Edgar-winning BLUE HEAVEN. The temperature on the northern plains may fall to 40 below, but the engine of this thriller races red hot, providing plenty of warmth to keep readers going all night.”Booklist, starred review
“Suspenseful—you can’t put it down.” — Library Journal, starred review

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by Linda Castillo

A tornado unearths human remains leading to a thirty-year-old cold case in Painters Mill. Meanwhile, a very emotional and personal turmoil strikes at Police Chief Kate Burkholder’s budding relationship with state agent John Tomasetti.

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THOSE GIRLS by Chevy Stevens
The bond between sisters runs deep, especially when murder is involved… “Stevens’s fourth thriller weaves such an engrossing, suspenseful tale that readers will wish they could warn the protagonists of the dangers that lie ahead. Highly recommended for fans of the genre who relish nail-biting suspense as well as stories about the endurance of family and the human spirit.” — Library Journal, starred review

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THE LAST PILOT by Benjamin Johncock
Using the early days of the U.S. space exploration program as a backdrop, Johncock’s “impressive”* debut laces fact with fiction to tell the tale of Jim Harrison, an Air Force test pilot turned astronaut, his wife, Grace, and their gravely ill two-year-old daughter, Florence. “A marvelous, emotionally powerful novel.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review

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DREAM THINGS TRUE Signed Galley Giveaway

MarieMarquardt-DreamThingsTrueFRIDAY FREE DAY!! Yesterday author Marie Marquardt dropped by the Flatiron Building to sign galleys of her first YA novel, DREAM THINGS TRUE, for FIVE lucky librarians!

A BEA YA buzz panel selection, DREAM THINGS TRUE is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town. What follows is a beautiful, nuanced, well-paced exploration of the complications of immigration, young love, defying one’s family, and facing a tangled bureaucracy that threatens to completely upend two young lives.

To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Dream Things True) by Sunday, May 10. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Check out the fine print after the break.


CARRY ON Cover Reveal!!

BREAKING NEWS!! Buzzfeed just ran an exclusive cover reveal for Rainbow Rowell’s new book, CARRY ON!

When I first saw this cover, all I could say was, ‘Ohhhhh…’ It completely surprised me, even though it was everything I was telling my publisher I wanted. This book is a little darker, and rougher, than my other books. Tense. I wanted a cover that made me feel a little nervous. Also, I liked that even though this cover isn’t obviously romantic, there’s a really strong NOW KISS vibe.” — Rainbow Rowell

For the few people who don’t know about Rowell’s new book, CARRY ON is an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz, characters from her beloved bestseller FANGIRL (a Special Edition including an excerpt from CARRY ON will be available on May 12, 2015). readmoreremove

Thriller Thursday (4/23/15 Edition)

Whether you’re looking to read true crime, a psychological thriller, or settle in with your favorite old (or new) detective, we’ve got the perfect #ThrillerThursday mystery for you:

ONE OF US by Åsne Seierstad
The nonfiction horror story told in ONE OF US moves slowly, inexorably and with tremendous authority. It’s said that exact detail is uniquely helpful when it comes to mending after terrible events. If it is true, as Stephen Jay Gould contended, that ‘nothing matches the holiness and fascination of accurate and intricate detail,’ then Ms. Seierstad has delivered a holy volume indeed.” — The New York Times

REYKJAVIK NIGHTS by Arnaldur Indridason
In this “riveting” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) prequel set in late-1960s Reykjavík, Indridason plumbs the backstory of his series lead, somber Insp. Erlendur Sveinsson. “The Icelandic author’s latest novel, REYKJAVIK NIGHTS nicely illustrates the qualities that make his books so deeply pleasurable.” — New York Times Book Review

This debut Victorian-era mystery finds Dublin detective sergeant Joe Swallow on the trail of a series of crimes that paints a much bigger picture. “Fans of mysteries that capture the flavor of the past will hope that Swallow has a long literary life.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Third in the Lucy Campion historical-mystery series, this absorbing puzzler touches on the religious, social, and political changes in Restoration London as experienced by a wide cast of characters. Calkins’ tantalizing clues and rich historical details depicting everyday life and class differences draw readers into the seventeenth century, led by the piquant and elusive Lucy, whose heart is split between two suitors, her job precarious, and whose dauntless curiosity never flags.” — Booklist readmoreremove


MaxShelf-BookOfSpeculation“I came across this book at auction as part of a larger lot I purchased on speculation. The damage renders it useless to me, but a name inside it led me to believe it might be of interest to you or your family…”

Last week’s Maximum Shelf Awareness featured a first novel near and dear to our hearts (and librarians’ hearts): THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler.

Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone in a house that is slowly crumbling toward the Long Island Sound. His parents are long dead. His mother, a circus mermaid who made her living by holding her breath, drowned in the very water his house overlooks. His younger sister, Enola, ran off to join the circus six years ago.

One June day, an old book arrives on Simon’s doorstep. Fragile and water damaged, the book is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things—including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of “mermaids” in Simon’s family have drowned—always on July 24, which is only weeks away.

As his friend Alice looks on with alarm, Simon becomes increasingly worried about his sister. Could there be a curse on Simon’s family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he stop it in time to save Enola?

“The meandering plot offers many charms: likable, quirky librarians; circus menageries and freak shows; love stories; tarot cards and trickery; mysticism; family secrets; and prickly sibling love—all accompanied by the author’s illustrations. [Swyler also painstakingly hand-bound, gilded and aged her manuscript submissions, in imitation of the old book in her story.] In short, THE BOOK OF SPECULATION, like the book at its center, promises to grasp the reader with a supernatural force and not let go.” — Shelf Awareness

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Macmillan Library @ BEA 2015! (Booth 3056-3057)

BEA_Librarian_LogoSpring has sprung, which can only mean that BookExpo America will be here soon! We hope to see you at these great events and in the Macmillan booth (#3056-3057).

Wednesday, May 27

The 9th Annual BEA Adult Librarians Dinner, co-hosted by LibraryReads and the AAP
The Yale Club | 50 Vanderbilt Ave, Grand Ballroom
RSVP required, space is limited

Al Roker serves as the Master of Ceremonies at this annual dinner featuring Sloane Crosley, who makes her fiction debut with THE CLASP, about three friends on a madcap adventure and treasure hunt.

Details and RSVP here.  Please note that this event is full, so you are registering for a waitlist and will be contacted if we are able to accommodate.

Macmillan Galley Giveaways and Author Signings – Wednesday (Booth #3056-3057):

2:00pm Galley Giveaway: MADE TO KILL by Adam Christopher (Tor)
3:30pm Galley Giveaway: HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall (Flatiron)
4:00pm Galley Giveaway: KEEP CALM by Michael Binder (Holt)
4:30pm Galley Giveaway: JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart (Minotaur)

Thursday, May 28

BEA Authors Librarian Luncheon, co-hosted by LibraryReads and the AAP
12:00 noon-1:30pm
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E15-16
RSVP required, space is limited

Hear from a panel of bestselling and debut authors, including Stephanie Clifford, whose debut novel, EVERYBODY RISE, follows a college graduate lying her way to the top of the social strata in Manhattan with devastating consequences.

Details and RSVP here.  Please note that this event is full, so you are registering for a waitlist and will be contacted if we are able to accommodate.

The AAP’s Annual Librarians Book Buzz, Part I
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E14

Come listen to our publishing friends as they highlight their favorite forthcoming titles!

Macmillan Galley Giveaways and Author Signings – Thursday (Booth #3056-3057):
9:00am Galley Giveaway: A POET OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD by Michael Golding (Picador)
9:30am In-Booth Signing: Author TBA (TITLE, Holt)
10:30am In-Booth Signing: Sloane Crosley (THE CLASP, FSG)
10:30am Galley Giveaway: THE LAST PILOT by Benjamin Johncock (Picador)
11:30am In-Booth Signing: Brandon Stanton (HUMANS OF NEW YORK: STORIES posters, SMP)
11:30am Galley Giveaway: PRINCE OF DARKNESS by Shane White (Palgrave)
1:30pm In-Booth Signing: Charlie Jane Anders (ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY, Tor)
2:00pm Galley and Advance Listening Copy Giveaway: EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford (SMP/Macmillan Audio)
2:30pm In-Booth Signing: Damon Tweedy, M.D. (BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT, Picador)
3:30pm Galley Giveaway: BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT by Neal Griffin (Forge)
4:30pm Galley Giveaway: PURITY by Jonathan Franzen (FSG)

Friday, May 29

The AAP’s Annual Librarians Book Buzz, Part II
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E14

Come hear Anne Spieth highlight her favorite forthcoming Macmillan titles at this very popular annual Publishers Book Buzz!

The 7th Annual Librarian Shout ‘n Share
Javits Convention Center | Room 1E14

Join librarians as they sound off on their favorite exhibit floor reads, and other upcoming works they are looking forward to sharing with their patrons. Wilda Williams, Fiction Editor, Library Journal moderates this year’s Shout N Sharers: Kristi Chadwick, Advisor, Small Libraries Massachusetts Library System; Charlene Rue, Acting Director of BookOps, New York & Brooklyn Public Libraries; Jamie Watson, Collection Development Coordinator, Baltimore County Public Library; Jennifer Dayton, Collection Development Manager, Darien Library; and Robin Nesbitt, Collection Development, Columbus Public Library.

Macmillan Galley Giveaways and Author Signings – Friday (Booth #3056-3057):
9:00am Galley Giveaway: WILBERFORCE by H.S. Cross (FSG)
10:00am Galley and Advance Listening Copy Giveaway: EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford (SMP/Macmillan Audio)
10:30am Galley Giveaway: PRETTY IS by Maggie Mitchell (Holt)
11:30am In-Booth Signing: Rainbow Rowell (FANGIRL, Special Edition, Griffin)
11:30am Galley Giveaway: DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt (Griffin)
1:30pm In-Booth Signing: Helen Phillips (THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT, Holt)
2:00pm Galley Giveaway: FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson (Flatiron)

If it’s your first time at BEA, EarlyWord has put together a guide especially for you!

Please check back regularly for the most up-to-date information. If you can’t make it, follow the action on Twitter via #BEA15. We hope to see you soon!


Happy Earth Day 2015!

Happy Earth Day, friends! Kermit said it’s not easy being green, but we’ll dare to disagree.

Here’s an Edelweiss collection of Earth Day-friendly titles covering just about anything you can think of!

Don’t miss our bestselling backlist titles, too:
HOT, FLAT, AND CROWDED 2.0 by Thomas Friedman
EAARTH by Bill McKibben
NO IMPACT MAN by Colin Beavan


Teen Talk Tuesday (4/21/15)

Calling all YA librarians! Check out the fabulous new releases from Griffin Teen, then join @earlyword later today at 5pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (NEW hashtag: #ewgcya) to brag about your favorite teen reads!

ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers
IT’S HERE!! Possibly one of the best, most important Griffin Teen books we’ve ever read, Summers’ hardcover debut examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence. It received two starred reviews and Angie Manfredi, Head of Youth Services Librarian at Los Alamos County Library System, NM, called it “A YA game changer along the lines of Laurie Halse Anderson’s SPEAK, this is a work of great power and resonance.”

DON’T STAY UP LATE by R.L. Stine (Fear Street series)
In the second new book in the re-launch of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series, a damaged young lady gets sent on a doomed babysitting job. “Stine returns to Shadyside and his incredibly successful and addictive horror formula. Every chapter ends with a hook or jump scare…it’s impossible not to be sucked into the swift pace and delightfully spine-tingling moments.” — Booklist

TWIST by Karen Akins
In the unbelievably thrilling sequel to LOOP, someone is kidnapping Shifters from the distant past and altering the current timeline. It’s up to Bree to stop them, but first, she has to figure out who…and why.

JAMES HERRIOT’S CAT STORIES is now available as a shiny, new trade paperback this month! #meow

Happy #BookBday (4/21/15 Edition)

Today we wish a happy #BookBday to:

THE BLONDES by Emily Schultz
Schultz’s pandemic novel about a rabies-like disease carried only by blonde women is one of Kirkus Reviews’ April’s Best Bets and has THREE starred reviews, including this one from Library Journal: “Funny, horrific, and frighteningly realistic, Schultz’s second novel is a must read.”

This “impressive and dramatic”* novel about three men who share the same name and intertwining fortunes has a starred Kirkus Review* and Booklist said, “It’s a hugely entertaining story, mainstream commercial fiction, straddling the thin line between comedy and drama.”

The latest volume of the celebrated Cartoon Introduction series is an indispensable and entertaining primer to the fundamental questions about our existence. “A fun, clear and clever introduction to the rich history of philosophy in the Western world.” — Kirkus Reviews

And a happy belated #BookBday to:


Pulitzer, LA Times Book Prize & Indies Choice Winners

So. Many. BOOKS! So. Many. AWARDS!

2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners

General Nonfiction
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert (Winner)
NO GOOD MEN AMONG THE LIVING by Anand Gopal (Finalist)
AGE OF AMBITION by Evan Osnos (Finalist)


2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winners

CITIZEN by Claudia Rankine (Poetry)
THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert (Science & Technology)

2015 Indies Choice Award Winners

Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year
BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande

Adult Nonfiction Honor Awards
THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison
ON IMMUNITY by Eula Biss

Adult Debut Honor Awards
SHOTGUN LOVESONGS by Nickolas Butler readmoreremove