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Cooking & Crafting 2013 - Hanukkah Eats

Latkes & root vegetables dinnerWhile many people are preparing for Thanksgiving this week, others are ready to celebrate Hanukkah, which starts this Wednesday. To celebrate, Anne made Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Latkes and Cider-Glazed Root Vegetables from THE NEW JEWISH TABLE by Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray to share with all of you.

Enjoy! And don't forget that you can enter to win a copy of THE NEW JEWISH TABLE and other cooking and crafting books (see details after the recipes).

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"Every Book Its Reader" Vol. 3

Dear Reader,

Our adventure has come to an end. Our favorite book has been recovered and we’ve passed it on to one of our favorite librarians and she recommended it to her favorite reader. And the lesson learned here is that Macmillan’s Library Marketing team has the book you’ve always wanted to read!

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Every Book Its Reader, Vol. 3

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eBooks for Libraries – Now With More eBooks!

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Happy Monday! We're starting the week off with some wonderful news: We have expanded our library e-lending pilot program to include Macmillan's entire e-book backlist--more than 11,000 titles!

Here are some popularly requested and newly available e-books that might be of interest to your library:

NIGHT by Elie Wiesel
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
A LONG WAY GONE by Ishmael Beah
THE MARRIAGE PLOT by Jeffrey Eugenides
ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
THE EYE OF THE WORLD by Robert Jordan
THE HUSBAND LIST by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
WHERE WE BELONG by Emily Giffin
HOME FRONT by Kristin Hannah
LOOK AGAIN by Lisa Scottoline
A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle
SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson
HIDDEN by P.C. Cast

E-books are available for purchase through our partners at Baker & Taylor, OverDrive, 3M, and Recorded Books. Once purchased, they will be available to lend for two years or 52 lends, whichever comes first.

We've created a dedicated section on our website called eBooks for Libraries where you can download a spreadsheet of all available Macmillan e-books. The spreadsheet will be updated as new title information becomes available, so please be mindful of the "as of date” at the bottom of the page.

We know that reaching readers in the digital age is vital to the success and endurance of libraries. We hope that e-book lending allows you to expand your offerings, facilitate the discovery of new authors, and ultimately serve your patrons better. Happy reading!
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"Every Book Its Reader" Vol. 2

Dear Friend,

The book we so desperately wanted to recommend to you has escaped! And we’re now on the hunt for it among the wilds of the trade show exhibit hall... (In case you missed it – here’s where our misadventures began...)

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“Every Book Its Reader" Vol. 1

“Every Book Its Reader.” -- from S.R. Ranganathan’s The Five Laws of Library Science

Dear Friend,

How does a book find its way into your hands and heart?

If you’re a librarian, your first stop is Macmillan’s Library Marketing team – a department of two highly skilled book addicts trained in the dark arts of reading, recommending and match-making. But how do we actually pair the “right” book with the “right” reader? Thanks to our pals at Unshelved, here’s the very first installment of a behind-the-scenes look at how we do what it is we do... Stay tuned to see what happens next! (Vol. 2 now available here.)

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Monday Fun Day with MR. PENUMBRA'S Unofficial Fan Club

Good afternoon, friends! Today we have a special treat for you. We were so pumped when we saw Preservation Librarian Craig Fansler tweet a photo of the MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE exhibit at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library that we had to do more than just re-tweet it. We immediately wrote to Craig (the clear leader of the "Unofficial Robin Sloan Fan Club" at ZSR Library) and asked him our most burning questions about how this awesome display came to be:

Mr. Penumbra display

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9/11: Twelve Years Later

Today is a painful day in our national history as we remember the tragic events of 9/11. There is a saying that "time heals all wounds" and while the truth of that statement may be up for debate, we can agree that time brings us insight and knowledge:

102 MINUTES: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers
by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn

At 8:46 am on September 11, 2001, 14,000 people were inside the twin towers. Over the next 102 minutes, each would become part of a drama for the ages. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with rescuers and survivors, thousands of pages of oral histories, and countless phone, e-mail, and emergency radio transcripts, New York Times reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn tell the story of September 11 from the inside looking out.

A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 9/11: Disaster, Deception and Destruction in the War on Terror
by Dominic Streatfeild

Acclaimed author and journalist Dominic Streatfeild traveled across the world for years in pursuit of answers for this stunning collapse of international law. The results of his search form the most fully realized study of the war on terror yet written. Piercing reportage blends with sobering human drama, woven into eight narratives of how our world went wrong after 9/11.

THE 9/11 REPORT: The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
by Thomas H. Kean, Chair, and Lee Hamilton, Vice Chair; With analysis and reporting by The New York Times

A New York Times Notable Book of 2004, this complete edition of the 9/11 Report by the independent 9/11 Commission examines what happened that day, the lessons we learned and provides recommendations as to how we can prevent future attacks.

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Monday Fun Day! (9/9/2013 Edition)

Our weekend involved authors & kittens.

What more is there to life, really?
Louise Penny & Wilton Barnhardt events

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.

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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!

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A Tribute to Matthew Shear From His Friends in the Flatiron

Matthew ShearOne 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.

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