What more is there to life, really?
Talia attended local bookstore events for Louise Penny (HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN) and Wilton Barnhardt (LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY) at Flyleaf Books and McIntyre's Books. All were smash hits as you can see from the standing room only pictures.
Meanwhile, Anne hit the Rockaways and found kittens living under the boardwalk. She (of course) wanted to take all seven of them home that instant! Fear not! a neighborhood kitten wrangler is keeping an eye on them. Phew!
We hope your week is off to a good start!Read more
One week ago today we lost a great friend in Matthew Shear, Executive Vice President and Publisher of St. Martin's Press. In that time we have grieved but also regaled each other with our favorite Matthew moments. Matthew was a force, and everything that he did was for the good of our books and authors. And now please join us in celebrating Matthew by reading CEO Macmillan John Sargent’s poignant farewell:
Yesterday we lost a great publisher, but more importantly we lost a remarkable man.
Matthew worked with us for 18 years, and was always, in every way, a larger-than-life character. He had that big outgoing personality, that loud cheerful laugh, and that huge gap-toothed grin that arrived when he saw you coming. And if that grin wasn’t there, you knew it would be there soon enough. As a publisher, he knew a good book whenever he read one and he knew who would like it. He knew how to sell it and he almost always figured out how to make a few bucks along the way. His secret was that he didn’t think it was a good book, he believed it was a good book. He didn’t think we could sell it, he knew we could sell it. And once he believed in a book and in the person who wrote it, he poured his whole self into convincing everyone that they simply had to have it.
As a man, Matthew fought his long cancer battle without a single sign of self-pity. For the last three years, every other Thursday, he endured chemotherapy. He dealt with the effects over the weekend and was back at work, his usual self, on Monday. Almost none of us knew. He never wavered. He always put us before himself and there was never a dip in his determination to do the right thing. Every day, he emptied himself into his work and into sharing his joy in it. In facing his greatest challenge, Matthew showed enormous courage and dignity—we should all be more like him.
We have been flooded over the last few days with an enormous outpouring of love for Matthew from every corner of the publishing world. And with that affection came the many stories. Yes, he dressed as a dwarf. Yes, he appeared as a prostitute. The man would do anything to sell a book. But here is one simple tale to describe the very core of Matthew Shear:
A young woman sits in a hotel lobby at a romance writers convention. She wants desperately to be a writer. Unwilling to leave her infant at home, she sits with a very loud and agitated baby, her confidence frayed, and feeling that everyone is bothered by her and her child. A burly man walks up, pats her shoulder and with a big grin says simply, “What a cute baby!”
When a great publisher passes, it is customary to offer a list of authors he worked with. For Matthew, it was about all the authors, large and small, and about all the people. It was about the small things he did every day for everyone. All of us here have our memories of that moment he discovered how to make our day brighter. “What a cute baby.”
Thank you to everyone for the outpouring of sympathy, prayers, and good wishes for us and for our beloved publisher.
But mostly, thank you, Matthew, for giving us so much of yourself. That is the good stuff and we will miss it so terribly.Read more
Continuing our ongoing series of nail art that looks totally boss next to one of Rainbow Rowell's incredible illustrated covers, Emily in Academic Marketing is modeling her psychedelic leopard print nails next to a finished copy of FANGIRL. Gorgeous!
See our previous entries in this series—including an entry from the author herself—here!
And you still haven't read FANGIRL, you can get whitelisted and download an e-galley before September 10th from Edelweiss.
It grieves me to tell you that I will no longer be posting news, giveaways, and cat videos here for you come September. I've accepted a position at Tor working on titles from the Tor Teen and Starscape imprints.
It's been an honor discussing books and baby animals with you all. Thank you for your kindness, silliness, and enthusiasm. Please, please stay in touch!
And now I shall pass the torch to Anne Spieth, Assistant Library Marketing Manager extraordinaire!
Hello Library Land!
My name is Anne Spieth and I’m thrilled to be joining Talia’s team and working with all of you. If this was a pageant and I was asked to describe myself, I would say that:
1) I’m a voracious reader (I read mostly fiction and love mysteries but most of all I just want a compelling story. I am currently reading HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny and INSURGENT by Veronica Roth).
2) I’m from Tucson, AZ (shout out to all the Pima County Librarians!).
3) I worked at Barnes & Noble for 7 years (I worked in every department starting in the café and can still make a mean macchiato) and have worked in publishing for 5 years at both Macmillan and Simon & Schuster doing marketing, publicity, and design.
4) I love to bake (hopefully most of you will experience my baking at one point or another).
5) I love music (I played flute and trumpet and did marching band in high school and college).
6) I have tattoos and occasionally wear glasses.
7) I love all things small and cuddly (current obsession: my NYC bestie’s cat Louie).
I’m pretty sure you can see why Talia hired me. I love meeting new people and making connections, so please don’t hesitate to email or call me at any time. I look forward to working with all of you and hopefully meeting many of you in person in the coming months!
Anne giving Ali a delicious compost cookie (recipe here) she baked.Read more
Happy Monday, friends! We're starting this week with a hodgepodge-y check list of excellent linkage:
- This book isn't ours, but you should still read The Boston Globe's charmed review of Boris Kachka's "delectably gossipy" account of our very own Farrar, Straus, & Giroux called HOTHOUSE: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House (review online here).
- Consider hosting a Google+ event for #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon! Kenyon will open a Google+ Hangout on September 4th to celebrate the launch of STYXX and she's looking for a few venues to celebrate with her! Kenyon and her publicist are still in the early stages of planning the Hangout, but they're looking for nine enthusiastic venues that are ready to celebrate the Dark-Hunter series. If you're interested, please e-mail me with: the details of your A/V equipment, information on Google+/Skype events you've previously hosted, and how many people you think you can draw into your event.
- And finally, be good to one another!!
Kittens, snugglin' pic.twitter.com/mnqf6AUiIN— Emergency Cute Stuff (@EmergencyPuppy) June 25, 2013
Happy #FridayReads day, reader friends! Here's which books Talia and I are curling up with this weekend:
A STREET CAT NAMED BOB: And How He Saved My Life
by James Bowen
This heartwarming true story of a street musician and the ginger cat who saved his life is now available stateside after hitting bestseller lists from Turkey to Thailand! It's the perfect next read for fans of DEWEY: The Small-Town Library Cat That Changed the World.
"A beautiful, never maudlin story of second chances for both man and beast and a poignant testimony to how much caring for someone—or some feline—can give you renewed direction where you're down and out. Understandably, this was a best-seller in England." —Booklist (starred)
DREAMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE
by Carrie Vaughn
This is the stand-alone sequel to the 2012 Alex Awards official nominee, AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE. DREAMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE follows Anna, whose father is a telepath and mother is Commerce City's most powerful businessperson. She’s the granddaughter of the city’s two most famous superheroes and the company car drops her off at the gate of her exclusive high school every morning. Privacy is one luxury she doesn’t have which makes hiding her burgeoning superpowers from her parents nearly impossible.
"[A] warm homage to and deconstruction of classic comic books. [...] For readers who admire Lois Lane more than Superman." —Kirkus Reviews on AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE
Heather McCormack, Collection Development Manager at the 3M Cloud Library, announced our recent e-lending program expansion—we're now passionately lending over 400 Romance titles from St. Martin's Press and Tor!Read more
Happy post-Fourth of July weekend, librarians! Rub the firework flash blindness out of those eyes, friends, and get ready for another week.
We're back and unpacked after the happy chaos of ALA Annual, but we're diving straight into a full week of Spring and Summer 2014 launch meetings, so expect some e-mail delays. We'll get to everything as quickly as we can.
In BREAKING Book World News: Augusten Burroughs' puppy is still super cute!
You might remember that Augusten Burroughs got a puppy on book tour in May. Looks like Radar is adjusting to NYC life http://t.co/odWGcR1plT— Picador USA (@PicadorUSA) July 6, 2013
Also be sure to wish the inimitable Chris Vaccari from Sterling a (belated) happy birthday!Read more