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We’re ridiculously excited to see you in the Macmillan (adult) booth #4613 and at all of our great events at ALA Midwinter later this week. Check out our schedule below and RSVP ASAP!

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Friday, January 30th
In-booth signing with Marci Jefferson
5:30-7:00pm
McCormick Place | Booth #4613

Marci Jefferson will be signing complimentary copies of ENCHANTRESS OF PARIS.

 

Saturday, January 31st
“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
10:30-11:30am
McCormick Place | Book Buzz Theater (on the show floor)

Join Talia “the terror” Sherer as she presents her favorite forthcoming adult titles from Macmillan alongside the hilarious Virginia Stanley and always-entertaining Chris Vaccari!

 

Saturday, January 31st
“The Future According to Tor & Griffin: New Titles for Teens & Young Readers”
11:30-12:30pm
McCormick Place | Book Buzz Theater (on the show floor)

Join Talia (St. Martin’s Griffin) and Ali (Tor Teen/Starscape) as they present a stellar selection of must-shelve fiction for teens and young readers.

 

Monday, February 2nd
AAP /LibraryReads Booktalk Breakfast
8:30-10:00am
McCormick Place West, Room 185BC

YOU MUST RSVP! DETAILS BELOW.

Join the AAP Library Marketing Committee and LibraryReads for our annual ALA Midwinter Booktalk Breakfast. Hear from Paul Fischer (A KIM JONG-IL PRODUCTION) and 4 other fabulous authors!

RSVP here. *

** This event is sold out… RSVP to add your name to the wait list.

 

Monday, February 2nd
United for Libraries Gala Author Tea
2:00-4:00pm
Chicago Hilton, Williford Room

YOU MUST PURCHASE A TICKET! DETAILS BELOW.

Join United for Libraries’ traditional author tea featuring a panel of bestselling authors including Steve Berry (THE PATRIOT THREAT). Enjoy a light repast of sweet and savory snacks while listening to the authors. Signings follow with free books galore.

RSVP details here.

Happy #Bookbday! (01/27/15)

It’s time to celebrate! Happy #bookbday to:

The Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael Booth

“If, like many, you may never make it to Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland, or Sweden, this is your book, and Booth is your guide. He is congenial, game, funny, and observant. And he tells it like it was (Who forgot to sit on a towel—in the highest and hottest row, no less—in the all-buff Finnish sauna?). This travelogue is filled with personal experiences, opinions, research, and details memorable, hilarious, and downright peculiar (check out the percentage of Icelanders who currently believe that elves exist). Can we blame the booze, poured freely in most places and probably needed to give a bit of warmth in these cold regions? No. But we can raise a glass to the endurance, honesty, quirkiness, and human-foible- and honor filled denizens Booth introduces us to, from local citizens to higher-ups, on the job and not. Thanks to Booth’s good-natured description of his adventures—and his honest admiration—we may head for Scandinavia after all (bringing some elf-off spray, just in case).”—Booklist

“A shrewd look at Nordic life….In this bright, witty cultural critique, Booth concludes that Scandinavia’s success is no myth….Booth offers an affectionate, observant, engaging look at Scandinavia, where trust, modesty and equality proudly prevail.”Kirkus Reviews

“An immersive, insightful, and often humorous examination of a most curious culture.”—Publishers Weekly
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#thrillerthursday (01/22/15)

It’s #thrillerthursday and we’re reading:

Puzzled Indemnity by Parnell Hall 

“In this delightful comic mystery, the merging of the puzzle of the crime with the allusions to the movie ‘Double Indemnity’ and Cora’s convoluted conversations engages to the end.”—Booklist

Dead Red by Tim O’Mara

“O’Mara’s intricately plotted third outing for New York City-cop-turned-Brooklyn-teacher Ray Donne (after 2013’s Crooked Numbers) opens with a bang … O’Mara captures the world of New York politics and convincingly takes Ray into the mind-set of young veterans newly returned from war. Energetic storytelling and credible characters are a plus.”—Publishers Weekly

4 Starred Reviews for Olen Steinhauer’s ALL THE OLD KNIVES

ALL THE OLD KNIVES by Olen Steinhauer has received four starred trade reviews!

“Terrific standalone thriller… There’s great narrative energy in the thrust and counterthrust of the dinner conversation, as well as in the re-creation of the Viennese events; Steinhauer is a very fine writer and an excellent observer of human nature, shrewd about the pleasures and perils of spying.”―Publishers Weekly, starred and boxed review

“A compelling spy story that takes place at a restaurant table… it delivers intrigue, suspense, and a heart-stopping finale.   In his acknowledgments, Steinhauer tells us he wrote it in one month. You’ll devour it in one night.  HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Steinhauer’s last book, The Cairo Affair (2014), had a six-figure printing and a six-figure promotional budget, too, but this one seems even more likely to broaden his audience.”―Booklist, starred review

“This genre-bending spy novel takes Hitchcockian suspense to new heights. Over the course of a meal with flashbacks, the eternal questions of trust, loyalty, and authentic love are deftly dissected. Readers drawn to the story of a loving couple trapped in a terrible embrace will be thrilled to follow Henry and Celia’s tortured pas de deux.”―Library Journal, starred review

“Masterfully plotted and suspenseful stand-alone… Steinhauer expertly shifts perspectives between the two spies in both their present and past lives, when Henry was a rough-and-tumble field agent and Celia wielded power behind a desk. It’s an understatement to say that nothing is as it seems, but even readers well-versed in espionage fiction will be pleasantly surprised by Steinhauer’s plot twists and double backs.”―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Minotaur Books Dominates with 7 Edgar Nominations!

The Edgar Award nominations were announced today and  Minotaur Books had 6 titles nominated in 2 categories! GO BEAST GO!

Best First Novel

Invisible City by Julia Dahl

Bad Country by C.B. McKenzie

Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver

Mary Higgins Clark

A Dark and Twisted Tide by Sharon Bolton

The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey

Invisible City by Julia Dahl

Summer of the Dead by Julia Keller

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on April 29.

Happy #Bookbday! (01/21/15)

Happy #Bookbday to:

 

FIRST FROST by Sarah Addison Allen

A February 2015 LibraryReads & Indie Next selection!

“You can go home again, and in returning to the Waverley household, the winsomely wise Allen demonstrates that sometimes it’s necessary to embrace the magic to find out what’s real in life and in one’s own heart.”–Booklist (starred review)

THE RABBIT BACK LITERATURE SOCIETY by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

“With an uncanny understanding of authorial insecurities and a freakishly honed sense of the supernatural origin of literary inventiveness, acclaimed Finnish novelist Jääskeläinen eerily explores the nature of creative inspiration, incisively exposes writers’ desperate aspirations, and suggestively unveils the price one pays to have one’s dreams fulfilled.”–Booklist

Teen Talk Tuesday! (01/20/15)

Get ready for Winter with new titles from Griffin Teen!

**A super-cool “Books for Teens 2015: It’s All the Rage” poster is now available – please e-mail library@macmillanusa.com with your full name and mailing address for a complimentary copy.**

FROSTFIRE by Amanda Hocking

“Returning to the troll world of her Trylle trilogy, Hocking explores another tribe of trolls in this first book in the Kanin Chronicles… The novel’s lingering questions and the author’s knack for cliffhangers are reason enough to anticipate the next installment.”—Publishers Weekly

TRYLLE: The Complete Series by Amanda Hocking

Discover the magical world of the Trylle with the complete New York Times bestselling Trylle trilogy (SWITCHED, TORN, and ASCEND) together in one volume for the first time!

TUNNEL VISION by Susan Adrian

“This YA novel is a heart-racing thriller set at full throttle from the opening page, and it never decelerates. Fans of Cory Doctorow and Anthony Horowitz will consume this title with a passion and will excitedly anticipate a sequel.”—School Library Journal

“Debut author Adrian offers a refreshing spin on the suspenseful spy novel with brisk scenes, adrenaline-fueled cliffhangers, and a sympathetic protagonist. There is much to savor in this thriller.” —Publishers Weekly

REVEALED (The House of Night #11) & NAVY SEAL DOGS are now available as trade paperbacks!

 

Macmillan has 12 Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards!

Macmillan has 12 Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards!

AUTOBIOGRAPHY:

Roz Chast, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” (Bloomsbury)

Meline Toumani, “There Was and There Was Not” (Metropolitan Books)

BIOGRAPHY:

Ian S. MacNiven, “Literchoor Is My Beat”: A Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Miriam Pawel, “The Crusades of Cesar Chavez” (Bloomsbury)

CRITICISM:

Eula Biss, “On Immunity: An Inoculation” (Graywolf Press)

Vikram Chandra, “Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty” (Graywolf Press)

Claudia Rankine, “Citizen: An American Lyric” (Graywolf Press)

FICTION:

Marilynne Robinson, “Lila” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

NONFICTION:

Elizabeth Kolbert, “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History” (Henry Holt & Co.)

Hector Tobar, “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

POETRY:

Claudia Rankine, “Citizen: An American Lyric” (Graywolf Press)

Christian Wiman, “Once in the West” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

NONA BALAKIAN CITATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN REVIEWING

Finalist:

Charles Finch

For Your Consideration: April 2015 LibraryReads Titles

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

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

Academy Street by Mary Costello

Short-listed for the 2014 Costa First Novel Award

“In this gemlike first novel, Costello shows her Irish roots; the imagery-light-filled absences, wells, birds–calls to mind Seamus Heaney’s poetry and her plot and characters Colm Tóibín’s brilliant Brooklyn. Throughout, the language is measured and clear, and Tess is ultimately accessible and credible to a wide range of readers.”–Library Journal

Compulsion by Allison Brennan

“Probing a retired couple’s disappearance the previous summer, investigative report Maxine (“Max”) Revere is convinced that serial killer Adam Bachman—whose trial she’s currently covering—is somehow connected and that in fact he has an accomplice. She’s even more convinced after conducting a pretrial interview with him, but sharp-eyed though she is, she doesn’t realize how nastily she’s being set up. New York Times best seller Brennan, author of numerous series, e.g., Lucy Kincaid, launched the Max Revere series earlier this year with a bang, and since she’s been doing brilliantly in mass market for her publisher, the series is getting a big hardcover breakout.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

Martin Marten by Brian Doyle

“Published by an academic press, the luminously written Mink River was a dead giveaway that Doyle had a big literary future ahead of him, and he proved himself nicely with last year’s The Plover. His new novel again enfolds nature, offering the parallel coming-of-age tales of 14-year-old Dave and furry little Martin, who is (yes) a marten, a woodlands mammal related to minks. Even as Dave enters high school and starts wondering what life will be like when he eventually leaves the family cabin on Mount Hood (or Wy’east, to use the Native American name Dave prefers), Martin knows that soon it will be time to leave his mother and siblings behind. Buddies under the skin! Sure to be charming, with a bit of edge.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston

“In another witchy historical from the New York Times best-selling Brackston (after The Winter Witch), ceramic artist Tilda Fordwells mournfully moves into the little Welsh cottage she was to have shared with husband Mat before his unexpected death. Soon, she’s sensing powers she never knew she had and having visions that tie her to a witch named Seren who lived nearby in Celtic times.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

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#thrillerthursday (01/15/15 edition)

It’s #thrillerthursday and we’re reading:

THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan

“Compelling and hauntingly powerful… Readers of international crime fiction will be most drawn to the story, but anyone looking for an intensely memorable mystery should put this book at the top of their list.”–Library Journal (starred review & Debut of the Month)

“Beautiful and powerful…”–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

THE ICE QUEEN by Nele Neuhaus

“Lies and revenge are the driving forces of this intelligent mystery. Neuhaus manages a large cast of characters while skillfully executing plot twists. New­comers to this series will have no problem jumping in with this book and will likely be interested in reading more.”–Library Journal

“Intriguing… [S]olidly plotted and densely populated drama full of red herrings.”–Publishers Weekly

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