There's a mighty eye-catching color trend afoot in the beach book world this summer: lagoon-ish blue-green!
Check out all the fine covers above and you'll see what I'm cyan. I even did my nails to match!
And hey, if you like my nails, you'll love the much more impressive Rainbow Rowell-inspired nails of Emily White in Academic Marketing:
Stay tuned this season for more summer cover trends REVEALED!!
UPDATE: Rainbow tweeted the most incredible FANGIRL nail art ever. Go look! #TeamSimonSlashBazRead more
Davis is best known for her rich and precise stories, sometimes told in as few as two sentences. As Dave Eggers said, Davis "blows the roof off of so many of our assumptions about what constitutes short fiction." We're honored to have this literary expert on our list.
Read more about the judges' decision on TheManBookerPrize.com.Read more
We interrupt your Tuesday afternoon coffee break with a very important introduction.
Librarians, meet Siete, the cat with seven toes... on EACH of her front paws!
She's a Hemingway (polydactyl) cat, an evolutionary masterpiece, and the cutest little grocery bag spelunker EVER.
She lives with Michelle Campbell from our children's school and library marketing department. She has also been invited to live in our hearts forever.Read more
UPDATE (6.19): We added a signed book sweepstakes to this post! See below for details!
We are absurdly happy to bring you the incredible (albeit totally unsurprising) news that Rainbow Rowell's young adult debut, ELEANOR & PARK, was awarded the 2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature for Fiction.
Congratulations, Rainbow!! Bravo and well-deserved!
The announcement was made this past week at BookExpo America and we invite you to watch the video posted below—Rainbow comes on screen near the end.
"Rowell presents her teen protagonists’ intelligent observations, extreme inner desires, and irrational feelings through compelling alternating narrations. She imbues the novel with rich character development, a spot-on depiction of the 1980s, and powerful descriptive passages. [...] It’s an honest, heart-wrenching portrayal of imperfect but unforgettable love." —The Horn Book
Again, we're so excited to see Rainbow honored for her extraordinary work. She will receive her award this October at Simmons College in Boston.
To see the full list of 2013 winners and honor books head to HBook.com.
We have one signed copy of ELEANOR & PARK as well as an (unsigned) galley of her latest YA novel, FANGIRL, for one lucky librarian!
Send Library-at-MacmillanUSA.com an e-mail including 1. your mailing address and 2. your current title (subject: Rowell Sweepstakes) by Friday, July 5th to be placed in the random drawing.
This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below.
Happy post-BEA Monday!
*cue everyone collapsing into a pile and catnapping for a week.*
We're almost at the end of this year's frenzied conference season, so let's wrap up our BookExpo adventures and get you back in gear for ALA Annual.
First of all, a huge thanks to all of the happy librarians who joined us for dinner on Wednesday at the AAP's Annual BEA Librarians Dinner with Erica Jong, the author of FEAR OF FLYING (40th Anniversary Edition), and also on Thursday at the AAP's BEA Librarians Author Lunch with Louise Penny, author of the Chief Inspector Gamache novels (pictured below)! We had a great time and we hope you were entertained and well-fed for your other panels and show floor expeditions. Please join us again next year and spread the word!
Alene Moroni and Stephanie Chase (King County Library System) bookending Louise Penny!
And also thank you to everyone who came out to hear me gush about a few of Macmillan's forthcoming titles at the AAP's Annual Librarians Book Buzz panel. My handout is available for you to download (PDF) and definitely go to MacmillanBEAPreview.com to register for e-galley downloads of all of Macmillan's featured BEA titles (expires June 10). Read more about Edelweiss here.
C-SPAN 2 posted the hour-long state of the book industry talk at BookExpo America with Macmillan CEO John Sargent. Watch "Publishing, Bookselling, and the Whole Damn Thing: A Conversation with John Sargent" now.
Please take a look at our full schedule posted here and find us during the show at booth 2103!
We're still talking about TxLA?? You betcha. That's because you still have a chance to win a stack of super fine signed books! The deadline to enter is today. Enter now.
As we embark into June let's take a look back over last month's ridiculously smile-worthy cat videos:
Hi guys!! I'm back from heavenly Costa Rica (forgive any typos—I'm experiencing world-class coffee and fried plantains withdrawal), but only for the day. Talia and I will be out of the office again for the rest of this week, first at Library Journal's Day of Dialog and then at BookExpo America festivities!
We hope to see you at one, if not all, of the events and please take a look at the Macmillan booth #1557 author signings and giveaways in the post. We will not be at the booth during the conference, but if you want to let us know you stopped by, please feel free to drop off a card with one of the fine people in the booth!
And if you are planning on hitting the show floor, definitely take a look at Library Journal's 2013 BEA Galley & Signing Guide available now (PDF).
Hope to see you in NYC this week. Until then, look at this monkey I met:
Faithful librarians, as previously mentioned I'm heading out of the country for almost two weeks starting tomorrow, but before I catch my flight I'm posting a bunch of the good book news coming out of Macmillan to keep you satisfied.
Consider this the flood before the drought—drink up!
- First and most importantly if you're looking for our BookExpo America and/or ALA Annual Conference schedules, follow the links to get to all of our updated information. Also Shelf Awareness has been posting some very helpful BEA articles such as "What the Show Planner Won't Tell You: 10 Tips to Survive BEA" and "BEA: Walks on the West Side."
- After such great news about the Locus Award finalists, we're delighted to keep the excitement going with the John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalists announcement! Three Tor books are up for Best Novel including EXISTENCE by David Brin, THE RAPTURE OF THE NERDS by Cory Doctorow & Charles Stross, and THE FRACTAL PRINCE by Hannu Rajaniemi (sequel to Uncharted Pages pick, THE QUANTUM THIEF!). The award will be presented on June 14th. See the full list of finalists here.
- Just ahead of the inevitable summer heat, Publishers Weekly has published their "Best Summer Books 2013" including FLORA by Gail Godwin, ENIGMA OF CHINA by Qiu Xiaolong, UNMASTERED: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell by Katherine Angel, FORTY-ONE FALSE STARTS: Essays on Artists and Writers by Janet Malcolm, and BYZANTIUM by Ben Stroud.
- If you're excited to about Paul Doiron's latest thriller, MASSACRE POND (see more about that here), you might want to read about how messy his head gets as he's finishing the novels we're all so eager for. Read "The Strange Unreality of Writing a Novel" on MaineCrimeWriters.com.
- You know what? We haven't had the chance to talk about WOKE UP LONELY by Fiona Maazel yet. Well, we'll let these other fine folks do the talking:
"Hilarious and heartbreaking." —NPR
"Maazel's insights are as sound as her imagination is wild." —Oprah.com (Book of the Week)
"Spins between the spooky midnight frequency of V. and the bizarro humor of WHITE NOISE [...] Maazel is an entertaining writer with a dry, droll sense of humor." —The New York Times Book Review
"Brilliantly imagined." —Vanity Fair
- I also don't think we ever mentioned that Ice-T and Jorge Hinojosa's MIRROR IMAGE (available now) was Library Journal's Pick of the Month and received a starred review!
- And finally, I bid you adieu with love and this puppy butt heart for you:
I HEART YOU. twitter.com/CuteOverloads/…— Cute Overloads (@CuteOverloads) May 13, 2013
Ed Hardy wants YOU—Uncle Sam-style—to show off your literary tattoos for a chance to win an original piece of hand-painted flash by the man himself, Ed Hardy!
To enter submit your tattoo photos to the Ed Hardy Literary Tattoo Facebook page here: smarturl.it/hardylittattoo.
This contest is open until June 16th, 2013. Contest details posted here (PDF).Read more
Happy Monday, friends! This is a short week for me as I'm heading off on vacation starting Thursday. Let's jump into a little Macmillany goodness to get your week started, shall we?
- Congratulations to 2013 Locus Award finalists John Scalzi, author of REDSHIRTS which is up for Best Science Fiction Novel, Mary Robinette Kowal, author of GLAMOUR IN GLASS which is up for Best Fantasy Novel (I recommended this series in Uncharted Pages!), and Gardner Dozois, editor of The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-ninth Annual Collection up for Best Anthology!
We're also delighted to see that Tor.com is a finalist for Best Magazine and Tor Books has been nominated for Best Publisher! And while we're at it, a hearty applause for Tor Teen author Cory Doctorow and Mac Kids author Catherynne M. Valente who are nominated for awards as well. See the full list of Locus finalists here.
- We would also like to point you in the direction of Doug Lord's latest (and dare I say, greatest?) selections for Library Journal's Books for Dudes column, "A Simple Murder, Wool, and The Human Division."
- And last, but not even close to least, actually closer to most—a basket full of puppy:
So, should we get a bigger basket? Maybe more puppies? Both? twitter.com/EmergencyPuppy…— Emergency Cute Stuff (@EmergencyPuppy) April 29, 2013
In MASSACRE POND, Barry Award-winner Paul Doiron's latest suspense novel featuring Game Warden Mike Bowditch, a wealthy animal rights activist is buying up huge parcels of timberland to create a new national park. When seven moose are found butchered on her estate and a shocking murder is discovered, it's Mike's job to solve the controversial case.
"This series follows Bowditch from the start of his warden career, and his evolution creates a constantly fresh perspective paired with solid procedural details and an outdoors education, to boot. MASSACRE POND, arguably the best yet, boasts fair-minded exploration of Maine’s conflicting environmental and economic interests and marks a turning point for Bowditch, who questions his fit with a career that constantly requires suppressing his instincts." —Booklist (starred review)
"An unusual lead investigator, thoughtful plotting, and lyrical prose add up to a winner" —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Update: MASSACRE POND has been selected as an August 2013 Indie Next Pick!Read more