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Friends, we’re so excited to see you this week at BEA! For those of you attending Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog tomorrow, here’s a sneak peek at some of the goodies that await you!
If you’re attending BEA, here’s a link to our full schedule. Make sure to visit us in booth #3056-57.
Barnes & Noble recently announced several new picks for their Discover Great New Writers program and these Macmillan titles made the list!
THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
A June 2015 LibraryReads pick & Maximum Shelf Awareness selection! In Swyler’s hand-illustrated and “whimsically dark debut” (Publishers Weekly), a recently unemployed librarian receives a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted his family of traveling circus performers for generations.
THE UNFORTUNATES by Sophie McManus
“In her assured first novel, McManus dissects such headline topics as Wall Street corruption, income inequality, and the vagaries of class and power in contemporary America. To her great credit, McManus uncovers the humanity of a group that rarely receives our empathy even as she exposes the dark side of privilege and entitlement in a timely novel enriched with touches of Edith Wharton.” — Booklist
HOME IS BURNING by Dan Marshall
A BEA 2015 Editor’s Buzz Panel Selection! Dave Eggers meets David Sedaris in this uproariously funny, unflinchingly honest, and tender memoir from Marshall, who as a recent college graduate, had to return home to help his ailing parents (mom has cancer and dad has ALS). “Horrible. Hysterical. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Just like life.” — Jenny Lawson, #1 bestselling author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (and the forthcoming FURIOUSLY HAPPY) readmoreremove
Even though it’s still Mystery Month over at Booklist, they’ve put together their Top 10 SF/Fantasy/Horror reading lists with several Macmillan titles:
Top 10 SF/Fantasy: 2015 (full list)
CALIFORNIA BONES by Greg Van Eekhout
This fantasy-adventure is structured like a caper novel, and fans of stories about heists will enjoy it, but it’s an absolute must for urban-fantasy readers.
Top 10 Horror: 2015 (full list)
FALL OF NIGHT by Jonathan Maberry
Picking up at the very moment DEAD OF NIGHT ended, this sequel throws the reader headlong into a zombie plague. Maberry, no slouch at action and suspense, does some of his most visceral and terrifying writing ever here.
THE HOUSE OF SMALL SHADOWS by Adam Neville
From the opening line’s echo of Manderley (“As if by a dream Catherine came to the Red House”), readers will find themselves in the sickly sweet, rotted-silk grip of a decaying gothic nightmare. A haunted-house tale like no other, this is one of those rare horror novels that’s upsetting enough to make the reader want to take the damn thing out back and bury it.
LOCK IN by John Scalzi
An August 2014 LibraryReads pick! This tightly plotted, highly imaginative tale takes place about 25 years after a virus called Haden’s syndrome left a small percentage of the world’s population locked inside their own bodies, conscious but unable to interact in any way. A genre-blending triumph that combines horror, mystery, and science fiction. readmoreremove
We’ve got four fabulous thrillers for you, plus BookCon news!
LITTLE BLACK LIES by Sharon Bolton
A May 2015 LibraryReads pick! When a child goes missing, three islanders—Catrin, her childhood best friend, Rachel, and her ex-lover Callum—confess to the crime. “[A] nail-biter… This brilliantly plotted thriller, filled with lies and betrayals, builds to an unexpected, mesmerizing ending.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
EIGHTH GRAVE AFTER DARK by Darynda Jones
The eighth entry in Jones’s “tongue-in-cheek supernatural soap opera” (Publishers Weekly) with ever escalating stakes finds Charlie Davidson and her super-sexy, literally-from-hell husband, Reyes, hiding from hellhounds in a convent while awaiting the birth of their daughter, Beep.
And since we’ll be busy at BEA next week, happy early #ThrillerThursday to:
THE STORM MURDERS by John Farrow
THREE starred reviews for the smart, enthralling fourth Émile Cinq-Mars thriller! “Farrow (the pen name of Canadian writer Trevor Ferguson) has written an excellent thriller in which characters, plot, and setting score a triple for suspense.” — Library Journal, starred review
INDEPENDENCE DAY by Ben Coes
TWO starred reviews for the latest Dewey Andreas thriller! “Coes is in the same league as Brad Thor and Vince Flynn, and this high-octane race against time will have plot-driven thriller readers unable to turn the pages fast enough. Libraries should grab this one in quantity and make sure Coes’ backlist is available as well.” — Booklist, starred review
Going to BookCon next weekend? Stop by for the Crime Time Quiz Show, hosted by The Criminal Element and emceed by yours truly, Anne Spieth!
Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles now for the August 2015* LibraryReads list!
*Nominations are due June 20! Click here for the full list of 2015 deadlines.
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
Nine-year-old Laurent Lepage loves to tell tall tales so extraordinary no one can possibly believe him. When he disappears, the villagers of Three Pines are faced with the possibility that one of his stories might have been true. The frantic search for the boy and the truth sets off a sequence of events that lead to murder, an old crime, and right to the door of the town’s old poet, Ruth Zardo.
EVERYBODY RISE by Stephanie Clifford
A Maximum Shelf Awareness pick & BEA giveaway title! Lying your way to the top of the social strata has devastating consequences for Evelyn Beegan, a 26-year-old desperate for a “better life” even if it’s a lie in this debut novel of class, ambition and ultimately spectacular ruin. “A compulsive, up-close-and-personal read about the first cracks in the greed-and-bleed U.S. economy that went flying off the rails so spectacularly a short time later.” — Library Journal, starred review
ALL THAT FOLLOWED by Gabriel Urza
A Publishers Weekly Best of Summer 2015 selection and Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce pick, this psychologically twisting debut novel about a politically-charged act of violence that echoes through a quiet Spanish town is “as subtle and enveloping as the txirimiri, a Basque word for ‘rain so fine that an umbrella is useless against it.’” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
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Hey hey, it’s time for YA! Books, that is. Check out the newest Griffin Teen & FSG goodies, then join us and @earlyword later today at 5pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (NEW hashtag: #ewgcya) to brag about your favorite teen reads!
ICE KISSED by Amanda Hocking (The Kanin Chronicles #2)
In the second book in the Kanin Chronicles series (after FROSTFIRE), war is coming to the Kanin and Bryn Avery is right in the middle of it. “The open ending of this second installment will leave readers wondering how it will all be resolved.”
BATTLE LINES: A Graphic History of the Civil War by Ari Kelman & Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
“A graphic rendering of epic destruction and intimate despair, as the authors make Civil War scholarship come alive for readers young and old. The artistry of Fetter-Vorm powerfully captures the devastation that the war wreaked on the country…while the historical context by Bancroft Prize winner Kelman provides the contextual depth… In this gripping graphic narrative, the complexities of history achieve clarity, and the depth of the tragedy has a visceral impact.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove
#BookBdays mean cake & celebration! Today we party with these new releases:
BEACH TOWN by Mary Kay Andrews
Location scout Greer Hennessy has found the perfect undiscovered beach town for a big budget movie, but finds a formidable obstacle (and romantic interest) in the town mayor, Eben Thinadeaux. “Andrews expertly combines an intriguing love story with small-town quirkiness and cinematic action to highly entertaining effect.” — Booklist
THE SCARLET GOSPELS by Clive Barker
Pinhead is back! And once again he’s facing off with occult detective Harry D’Amour, in this long-awaited epic that ranges from the dark corners of New York to the pits of hell. “THE SCARLET GOSPELS is Barker at his most unhinged and indulgent…beneath the mountain of outré horrors, there’s a weird humor underpinning Barker’s work, a droll self-awareness and a riotous, do-not-go-quietly energy. It’s a tasty delight.” — Entertainment Weekly readmoreremove
FRIDAY FREE DAY!! Earlier this month author Elsa Hart dropped by the Flatiron Building to say hello and sign galleys and limited edition posters of her stunning debut novel, JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN!
In JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN, 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. Early buzz is building—it was recently included in a Library Journal genre spotlight article and Anne talked about it at the Texas Library Association book buzz.
#ewgc Enjoyed Elsa Hart's JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN; fascinating Chinese history w/ former imperial librarian investigating death of Jesuit
— Beth Mills (@BethMills2) May 5, 2015
We’re giving away FIVE signed galleys and SEVEN signed posters to TWELVE lucky librarians! (Yes, it’s random & sorry you can’t pick which item you want.) To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: Jade Dragon Mountain) by Sunday, June 7. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Check out the fine print after the break.
TGIF, friends! We’re rockin’ out to these #FridayReads:
DEAL: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead by Bill Kreutzmann with Benjy Eisen
Calling all Dead Heads! Bill Kreutzmann, one of the founding members of The Grateful Dead and drummer for every one of their over 2,300 concerts has written an unflinching and wild account of playing in the greatest improvisational band of all time. Check out the Wall Street Journal‘s interview with Kreutzmann.
SNAKES! GUILLOTINES! ELECTRIC CHAIRS!: My Adventures in The Alice Cooper Group by Dennis Dunaway with Chris Hodenfield
♫♪♫♫♪ School’s Out for Summer! ♫♪♫♫♪
A hair-raising backstage memoir of the original shock-rock band, the Alice Cooper Group, from the bassist and co-songwriter, co-written by the journalist who first covered the band for Rolling Stone.