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It’s another beautiful day in Austin at TxLA 2015! Come visit Macmillan Library in booth #1359 and see our authors at these fabulous events happening today (all are free unless otherwise noted):
Opening Author Session
Hilton Hotel, 500 East 4th Street | Austin Grand Ballroom K, 6th floor
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.
State Treasures: Texan Authors
Austin Convention Center | Room 6 AB, level 3
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
Hilton Hotel, 500 East 4th Street | Austin Grand Ballroom F-H, 6th floor
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.
Keep up with the action on Twitter, hashtag #txla15.
Our bags are packed and our mouths are watering for some proper BBQ in Austin.
Come by the Macmillan Adult booth #1359 at TxLA 2015 for goodies (and please tell us if we still have sauce on our faces).
See you soon!
FANTASTIC NEWS: LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sharon Bolton is #10 on the May 2015 LibraryReads list!
We have long been fans of Sharon Bolton and her creepy Gothic mysteries, especially this latest standalone novel set in the Falkland Islands.
When a child goes missing, three islanders—Catrin, her childhood best friend, Rachel, and her ex-lover Callum—confess to the crime. Each of them are hiding terrible secrets, and they all have two things in common: they are grieving, and none of them trust anyone, not even themselves.
Praise for LITTLE BLACK LIES:
“The Falkland Islands makes for an unusual setting in this twisty tale of missing children. Each of the main characters has a strong and compelling voice; the story unfolds in sections, each from the point of view of a different character, which adds texture and depth to what is a suspenseful and psychologically rich thriller, much in the mold of Tana French’s The Secret Place.” — Booklist, starred review
“[A] nail-biter… This brilliantly plotted thriller, filled with lies and betrayals, builds to an unexpected, mesmerizing ending.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“[In her new stand-alone Bolton, author of the Lacey Flint mystery series, continues to delve into the dark side of complex, sympathetic characters, each of whom offer their perspective on the same events. Although the lyrical descriptions of a distant and strange place are striking, it’s the skillfully developed suspense and the portrait of parents’ terror when a child goes missing that grips throughout this tale.”
— Library Journal
Can’t get enough Sharon Bolton? Check out her other works:
If you’re a fan of Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache series like we are, then you know that the village of Three Pines is fictional and can’t be found on a map. BUT it’s inspired by real places and Louise finally reveals where they are in a countdown leading up to the publication of her newest Gamache book, THE NATURE OF THE BEAST (on sale August 25).
Every two weeks GamacheSeries.com will reveal a real place that is the inspiration behind a fictional place in each of Louise’s books. Each post will include photos, an essay, and an area open for discussion.
Discover the Real Places of Three Pines: readmoreremove
Today’s #ThrillerThursday picks star a couple of reporters, a bookseller-turned-sleuth and an officer forced to marry against his will!
A SCOURGE OF VIPERS by Bruce DeSilva
Two stars for Edgar-winner DeSilva’s excellent fourth Liam Mulligan novel, which finds the Providence, RI investigative journalist pursuing the truth behind a series of murders that appear linked to the governor, colorfully known as “Attila the Nun.” “DeSilva’s Edgar and Macavity Award-winning books is a consistently well-written hard-boiled series. Quality all the way.” — Library Journal, starred review
COMPULSION by Allison Brennan
NYC investigative reporter Max Revere is convinced a recently captured serial killer is hiding more bodies, but police won’t listen to her. “Investigative reporter Maxine Revere returns in this strong follow-up to NOTORIOUS. The pacing is relentless, and the suspense just keeps building until the satisfying ending. An excellent addition to the series.” — Booklist
Happy National Poetry Month!
Some poems are short, some are long,
All of them give a connection;
To help make your readers’ advisory strong,
Here’s an Edelweiss collection!
Two new books were released yesterday from internationally bestselling author Per Petterson: ASHES IN MY MOUTH, SAND IN MY SHOES and I REFUSE. The two titles are true bookends, as ASHES IN MY MOUTH was Petterson’s debut in 1987 and his latest novel, I REFUSE, is a huge bestseller in his native Norway that has sold to 16 countries so far.
ASHES IN MY MOUTH, SAND IN MY SHOES is a story collection set in the early 1960s near Oslo and introduces a child named Arvid Jansen (who appears in other Petterson works) who learns that time passes and nuclear war may come.
“Each of the 10 vignettes recounts a momentous event in Arvid’s childhood; the prose is simple and spare, elegiac in tone, yet it packs a powerful punch. A bittersweet read that can be fully savored in one sitting.” — Publishers Weekly
In I REFUSE, two men meet accidentally after a dark incident on a frozen lake 35 years previously shattered their relationship. At that time, Tommy was the one with a troubled family, as Jim stood by him. Now Tommy has emerged as the success story with the new Mercedes, while Jim sits fishing alone. What happened?
“Set against a stark landscape, this is a brilliant, meditative story about how one small, impulsive act can have an irrevocable impact upon one’s life, as well as a rippling effect upon the lives of others.” — Publishers Weekly
“After the success of OUT STEALING HORSES, a new Petterson novel is bound to be highly anticipated. And this story offers fans all of the author’s signature moves, including a spare style, bleak setting, and intense focus on a boyhood friendship. Petterson evokes the frigid Norwegian cold and his characters’ corresponding melancholy in clean prose, conveying how the absence of emotion offers no protection from life’s vicissitudes.” — Booklist